Bethany in Philadelphia
Since 1944, Bethany Christian Services has been reaching out to children who are alone or vulnerable. As a worldwide and community leader in adoption and family services, we know that a child's best chance to thrive is as part of a safe, loving, forever family.
- Bethany offers trauma-informed post adoption services to children and families in our community. Support groups, case management, and respite care are FREE for Pennsylvanians through the State Wide Adoption Network for children 18 years and under. Bethany counselors are all trained in TBRI and any adoptive family is eligible for expert adoption-sensitive and trauma-informed counseling services in the Greater Delaware Valley. Call 215.376.6200 to learn more.
- Want information about Safe Families PLUS offered in eastern Pennsylvania? Go here.
- Bethany in the Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley is now partnering with Your Adoption Finance Coach to assist adoptive families raise funds for adoption. Learn More.
What We Do in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
There is a growing need for families willing to open their hearts and homes to children and teenagers who have been removed from their families because of neglect or abuse. These children need a loving family who will walk with them during a time of crisis and welcome them unconditionally into a caring home. The highest-priority need is for foster homes for sibling groups and children from minority groups.
Children in foster care have faced hardship and pain during their lives. When returning to their biological family is not an option, they need a safe place to call home, with a family to provide them with the love and care. There are more than 100,000 children in foster care who are available for adoption and they are waiting for a family like yours.
Our goal is to help expectant parents, and the adoptive families they choose, to make the adoption plan that works best for them and the child they both love.
Many children around the world are waiting for a forever family. Their early lives have included things like orphanages, abandonment, malnutrition, and even abuse—but they can thrive in a loving and nurturing home. Can you open your heart and home to one of these children?
Bethany offers community-based mentoring to children we serve in the adoption community. Mentors serve as positive role models, building self-esteem with the children they are paired with.
If you are an adoptive parent, adoptee, birthparent, or have legal custodianship or a formal kinship agreement, our staff is here to provide support through our post-adoption services. Working with SWAN, our services may be available at no cost for children 18 and under.
We are here for you. The choices that you make will be life-changing and we are here to help support you. You are not alone.
Connects refugee and immigrant families with churches and community resources to help them adjust to their new life in the U.S.
A national movement of compassion that helps families and children in crisis. This network of volunteer Host Families help parents who need temporary care for their children as they face unmanageable or critical circumstances.
Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Trafficking in Persons, we are able to provide comprehensive case management services to foreign-born victims of trafficking.
Bethany Training Services provides educational opportunities on a wide-variety of topics in Central Pennsylvania. Topics include education for adoptive and foster care families, First Aid and CPR classes, social media awareness classes and trainings for mandated reporters.