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Child Welfare

Northern’s Child Welfare division complements its Behavioral Health division, providing an array of prevention and intervention services to children, youth and families, both off and on our campus - particularly those who have been or are at risk of abuse or neglect. Our programs and policies focus on the protection, care, and healthy development of children and youth.

  • Foster Care

    Our Foster Care parents give children and youth (ages 0-21) with varying levels of emotional and behavioral needs the care, love, and nurturing family environment they need.

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    Change the life of a child. Make a difference in your community. Foster Care involves the placement of children and youth in a single or two-parent family. We offer strong support to foster parents and work collaboratively with them to meet the child or youth’s needs and provide a safe pathway to permanency.

    Foster Parent Requirements:

    • 21 years of age or older;
    • Single or married;
    • Open to LBGTQ+ youth, older youth, and children and youth who may have experienced trauma, grief, loss, etc.
    • Open to sibling sets of two children or more
    • PA Driver’s License and insured/ registered vehicle to transport child(ren);
    • Good physical and emotional health;
    • Can work cooperatively with a team;
    • Can help a child move to an adoptive home or reunite with their family.

    Northern provides:

    • Ongoing training
    • Support Groups
    • 24-Hour Crisis Response and intervention support
    • Monthly stipend (rates vary).

    For more information, please contact Rhonda Walthour, Foster Care Supervisor, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1255 or rwalthour@northernchildren.org.

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  • Adoptions

    Northern Children facilitates adoptions between loving families and children from infancy to 21-years-old. The children are each in need of safe, supportive and stable environments.

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    Make a difference in a child or youth’s life. We are always looking for families who are willing to care for siblings and older children. Join us for an information session!

    Adoptive Parent Requirements:

    • 21 years of age or older;
    • Single or married;
    • PA Driver’s License and insured/ registered vehicle to transport child(ren);
    • Open to LBGTQ+ youth, older youth, and children and youth who may have experienced trauma, grief, loss, etc.
    • Good physical and emotional health;
    • Can work cooperatively with a team;
    • Willing and able to transport a child or children to necessary appointments, visits, etc.
    • Can help a child move to an adoptive home or reunite with their family.

    Northern provides:

    • Ongoing training
    • Possible subsidies
    • Strong support through caring and knowledgeable staff and through specialized support groups and other resources
    • Special activities and events for families throughout the year

    ​For more information please contact Marissa Rosenfeld, Adoptions Supervisor, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1135 or arosenfeld@northernchildren.org.

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  • RETI-Wrap

    This program supports youth at the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (“PJJSC”) School through a collaborative, strength-based process that ensure that the needs of youth are addressed during their time at PJJSC.​​

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    For more information please call Kia Butler, Reti-Wrap Coordinator, at 215-482-1423 ext. 1261 or email knbutler@northernchildren.org.

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