At this year’s Justice Day in January, nationally known child advocate, Brian Mavis, President of America’s Kids Belong, spoke at CCV about how we could get involved in helping kids in Pennsylvania’s foster care and adoptions systems.

Listen to the talk HERE.

Check out the different ways you can get involved!

Become A Healer

Healers are individuals and families who have direct contact with foster children and their families. Opportunities for involvement:

  • Become a foster/resource parent: Open your home up to a child in need of care with the hopes and goal of reuniting the child with their own family. Go to montcopa.org/713/Becoming-a-Foster-Parent.
  • Adopt a child: The Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth provides adoption services in an effort toward permanency for children who are served by the child welfare system. Go to montcopa.org/712/Adoption-Foster-Care. 
  • Volunteer with CASA: CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it’s closed, and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA/GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Go to casaforchildren.org. Montgomery County does not use CASA. You’ll be directed to surrounding counties.
  • Mentor and/or tutor with Valley Youth House: Volunteers will work with VYH clients on a one-on-one basis to provide guidance on employment, education, and housing goals. Scheduling is flexible, based on the availability. For more information contact Shawn Mack, smack@valleyyouthhouse.org or 272.2946.

Become a Helper

Helpers are individuals and families who have indirect contact with foster children and their families. Opportunities for involvement:

  • Provide training for foster/resource families: Foster/resource families are required to attend training meetings. Could you teach a life skill that could benefit others? Email Bill Carroll at wcarroll@montcopa.org. State Certification Required.
  • Journey with a CCV family in their adoption: Foster families need support on an ongoing basis. Needs vary by individual but not limited to meals, clothing, childcare for foster/biological children, etc. Email Terri Stone at terri@ccvlive.com (NEED A CHAMPION). 
  • Join a care team: When a child is removed from a home and taken to a family member’s home for care, the family member may not have the resources to take that child in. They may be in need of food, clothing, furniture, school supplies, toys, etc. A care team helps pull resources together for those families and CCV families ready to adopt. Email Terri Stone at terri@ccvlive.com (NEED A CHAMPION).
  • Advocate for children: Join one of many organizations whose purpose is to reform legislature, increase awareness, or create systems beneficial to youth in the foster care system. Email Michelle Filling-Brown at michellefilling@yahoo.com.

Keep the Conversation Going:

  • Bill Carroll: Find out ways to help and heal children in Montgomery County. Email Bill at wcarroll@montcopa.org.
  • Terri Stone: If you’d like more information or to connect with others within the CCV congregation who’ve fostered and/or adopted, email Terri at terri@ccvlive.com.