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Birth Family Services

Providing the tools for successful reunification

In Pennsylvania, the goal for most children in foster care is reunification with their birth family. But first, their birth family must
resolve the circumstances that caused the child to be placed into foster care, and they must be able to provide a safe, stable
home. To ensure the best interests of the children we serve are met, The Salvation Army provides support services to
strengthen birth families’ ability to care for their children.

Placement Transition Services: A TBRI® trained Visit Coach works with birth parents to help them work through their
court-ordered plan, so they can provide a stable home environment. The Visit Coach meets with the birth family before,
during and after their supervised visits with their child, so parents understand the developmental, emotional, and physical
needs of their children and learn new, healthy, parenting skills. Visit Coaches also work to support positive and effective
communication and relationships between parent, child, foster parents, and caseworkers, so everyone is working together in
a positive way.


Making Sense of Your Worth® and Parenting for Positive Self Worth®: Many birth parents have their own history of
childhood trauma that impacts their lives. Parent education, such as our 8-Week Making Sense of Your Worth® and
Parenting for Positive Self Worth® programs, help birth parents understand and heal from their own trauma so they can
learn to successfully parent their children.


Comfort Cottage Family Visitation Center: Family visits between children in foster care and their birth parents are an
emotional time for both parents and children. To create a positive environment, The Salvation Army operates The Comfort
Cottage on behalf of Lehigh County, a place where birth families and their children can visit in a warm, home-like setting and
spend quality time together.

"Working with my Visit Coach Stefanie has been a great experience and really helped me to navigate through decisions regarding what is best for my children and me. She has helped me greatly in planning the process for my children being returned to me and their transition into coming back home." - Lorena H. (birth mom who successfully reunified with her two children)

To connect with our Outreach Coordinator for more information, click here

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