It’s easy to take your home for granted. But for the 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, they know first-hand what they are missing.
Adoption Connection, PA is a non-profit adoption and foster care agency. We work with adoptive and foster families, children and birth parents. It is our mission to provide a hope and a future for children and families and we need your help. Some children in foster care will be reunited with their birth parents while over 107,918 are waiting for a permanent home but all need the support of the community and a family connection. Families that are willing to be a resource for a child who is in need of a nurturing, stable, safe home so they can heal and grow.
Unfortunately, these stats are on the rise due to the opiate epidemic in the US and foster homes are in even more demand. There is a huge need for good foster parents. Please consider opening your heart and your home to a child in need. Without a family or a dependable adult to rely on for assistance, these young people are at high risk for homelessness, joblessness, illness, incarceration, welfare dependent, early child bearing and sexual and physical victimization.
Prayerfully consider what your role in child’s life could be. Adoption Connection, PA offers a free consultation which is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the foster care process. We look forward to hearing from you! Foster parents can change lives.
Former Pittsburgh Penguins player, Kevin Stevens, has been on the news recently because of his partnership with Familylinks to address the opioid crisis. Substance abuse treatment is one of many services offered through Familylinks. Other services include mental health, case management and service coordination, school services to educate young people, services for adults 60 years and older, and housing and independent living. Part of their housing and independent living offerings is the Downtown Outreach Center & Shelter.
Young persons between the ages of 18 and 24 who are homeless or facing homelessness, for any number of reasons, can find shelter at the Downtown Outreach Center & Shelter (DOCS). DOCS is more than a shelter though, it aims to help these young people come up with a personalized plan for their future. DOCS recognizes that 18 – 24 year-olds are at a vulnerable age because they’ve become “too old” for the foster care system, but yet their financial positions prohibit them from affording housing. For up to 60 days, DOCS provides a bed, food and clothing and works with the young men and women to figure out the next steps. Familylinks DOCS wants to help young people become independent adults.
DOCS was one of the organizations that was a prayer focus during Lent. Trinity Tower Church (through Missions and Outreach) collected toiletries for them on the first Sunday of Lent. Familylinks DOCS has always been grateful for any donations that we have delivered to them.
To learn more about DOCS or other Familylinks services, visit their website: https://familylinks.org. You can also make donations online or send a check or money order to the following:
2644 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216