Children are often removed from their home in traumatic emergency situations. In these times of uncertainty, it is important for Adams County to have a safe place for each child to go. Homes for Hope is that safe place.

  • Homes for Hope allows us to keep the children in the county, in their school, and in their community. This brings stability in a time of instability.
  • Children are brought directly to a Homes for Hope house where they are welcomed by foster parents and undergo an intake process designed to identify how to best meet the child’s needs and help the child feel safe.
  • Children can remain in a Homes for Hope house for up to 90 days while a suitable long-term solution is created. For some children, this means being placed with family and for others longer-term foster homes.

“These kids that come into these homes come through no fault of their own. From a kid’s perspective, you are taking me away from everything I know…it is our responsibility to lessen that trauma.” – Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco

 

 

Caring for children when they are at their most vulnerable.

It’s not enough for children to be safe, they must also feel safe. Home for Hope will provide a safe haven, a warm smile, and a warm bed at the time when they are most vulnerable, immediately after being removed from their parents. Adams County, Adams County Foundation, and Nightlight has partnered for this program. Two single-family houses have been completely renovated and are ready for families to move into.

  • The two homes can accommodate up to eight to 10 children at a time.
  • Homes for Hope will allow sibling sets to stay together in one home. Prioritization will be given to children infant to age ten but will serve children up to age 18 years old to keep siblings together.
  • The homes have been specifically designed with a receiving area, to provide a smooth transition for the child into their new foster home.

 

 


 

 

Children entering these homes are being taken away from everything they know. We have the opportunity to make their time in foster care as comfortable and warm as possible.

Many of you have asked, “How can I help? What do you need?” We are so glad you asked!

  • We are looking for couples or individuals who are willing to offer in home respite care for our Homes for Hope families. These respite providers will need to be teachable, flexible, and tenacious. Allowing our Homes for Hope families to have a much needed break to recharge and focus on their own self-care.
  • Amazon Registry We’ve created an online registry of our ongoing and emergency needs that help expedite safe placement of children. Please click the link, and you’ll be directed to our Amazon registry. You can have the items shipped to us, and we will deliver it directly to the foster child in need. Thank you!
  • We are looking for companies that would be willing to donate services for these kids and homes for hope families to help make day to day life easier. This could be automotive help, groceries, toys (new), sports equipment, etc. The sky’s the limit, if you want to get involved we can help you find a way to do that. Donations given will be to a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and will be tax deductable.
  • We are looking for churches, or individuals who might be willing to stop by with an occasional hot meal to help our house parents take a break. Homes for Hope house parents will be busy every day taking kids to appointments, school, doctors visits, dentists, and visits with family or social workers. They may not always have the time to plan out a home cooked meal, every day, and will be relieved about the extra support.

 

Take a tour of one of the homes!

This video will allow you to get a picture of one of the 2 homes that have been provided by Adams county for this important program. We have found 2 families who have moved in, and are preparing each home for their first arrivals. We are looking for people who might be willing to provide in home respite care for these families, so that they can have time to recharge and focus on self care.

If you’re interested in supporting a Homes for Hope family with respite care, meals, or some other type of support contact Program Director, Meaghan Nally at mnally@nightlight.org or (518)369-2888

 

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