Penn York’s Family Finding services seek to build or maintain the youth’s Lifetime Family Support network for all youth who are disconnected or at risk of disconnection through placement outside of their home and community.
Penn York identifies relatives or other supportive adults, estranged from or unknown to the child, especially those who are willing to become permanent connections for him/her. After completion of the process, youth have a range of commitments from adults who are able to provide permanency, sustainable relationships within a kinship system, and support in the transition to adulthood and beyond.
Keeping safety at the forefront and by using a family-driven process, families are empowered to formulate highly realistic and sustainable plans to meet long-term needs of children and youth. Child outcomes may include increased reunification rates, improved well-being, and placement stability, transition out of the child welfare system, decreased re-entry rates, and a stronger sense of belonging for children.