YSB’s Reunification Services provides reunification and/or permanency services to children who have entered out-of-home care. The program uses an in-home family focused approach in order to secure a safe and permanent home for children who have been separated from their families due to abuse, neglect, dependency, or delinquency issues. Staff work directly with family members through case management and counseling to resolve the issues leading up to the family’s separation and to ensure the child can return home safely. A strong collaborative effort is made by Reunification Services to include immediate and extended family members, social service agencies, county agencies, and the placement resource in order to provide the highest standard of services that best fit the needs of the each family.
Reunification provides a continuum of care by working with family members as soon as the child is placed in foster care or a group home and during the aftercare period when the child is transitioned back into the home. If a child cannot return safely home, Reunification also finds him/her a permanent home with extended family members or foster parents. Visits between children and parents are scheduled regularly, and serve to maintain family relationships as well as provide an invaluable assessment tool for staff. Staff provides individual counseling sessions with parents and youth separately, as well as family sessions where everyone can come together to work on their goals. Upon the child’s return home and/or when permanency is achieved, aftercare services are provided for up to six months. On average, Family Counselors work with families for six to eighteen months.
Staff members also work with youth to complete approximately 10 to 12 thirty-page life books per year. This process allows the youth to answer the following five permanency questions: Who am I? What happened to me? Where am I going? How will I get there? and How will I know when I belong? This is accomplished through compiling pages of photos, stories, birth certificates, report cards, birthdays, and holidays. The life books include the child’s birth family members, resource family, and/or their group home experiences. Life Booking is a valuable tool in helping children and youth come to terms with what is happening in their lives and celebrate their families and accomplishments.
Who We Serve
Reunification serves youth referred by Centre County Children and Youth Services and Centre County Juvenile Probation.
325 West Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 237-5731
Voicemail: (814) 237-2224
Fax: (814) 237-2228