Below is a listing of ways to directly support adoptive parents as well as orphans available for adoption. For specific agencies and resources, please reference the Foster Care Resources Page.
Become a co-laborer
Become a foster/resource parent! See our list of Foster Care Resources for foster care agencies, each organization has different requirements for becoming a foster parent.
The local county agency, Lancaster County Children & Youth Agency, has 155 “open” resource homes (those that have room for children). 44 of those homes are kinship and 111 are traditional resource homes. They urge interested persons to keep spreading the word to recruit additional resource homes. One of the greatest needs for the children placed into foster care is for resource families to open their homes to the adolescent population, such as school aged children and teenagers. Children may be placed into foster care due to no fault of their own and they deserve a loving home. (source: Updates from the Resource Parent Association and the Agency July-September 2013 newsletter)
Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer
CASA provides court-appointed volunteer advocacy for abused and neglected children. CASA volunteers believe that every child deserves to grow up in a home free of abuse and neglect, and that growing up in a safe home is a fundamental human right. CASA volunteers fight for that right, they lift up children’s voices, they lift up children’s lives with the belief that every child deserves a safe, nurturing, and permanent home.
CASA volunteers are assigned to a child in foster care and stay with that child until they are returned home or adopted. They meet with the foster child and are another voice for the child. They are a stable person in the child’s life as it is common that social workers, foster parents, etc. may change as they are in care. Training to be a CASA is held every fall and spring, it is 30 hours of intensive training and then some on-going training each year. This is a very important way to directly impact the lives of children. Currently, there are about 12 CASA’s in Lancaster county and the need for more volunteers is great.
Children with a CASA volunteer:
- are more likely to find a safe and permanent home.
- spend less time in foster care.
- do better in school.
- are less likely to be bounced from home to home.
- receive more help while in the foster care system.