"Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist" - Eileen Miller
Children’s Aid Society provides professional child-focused therapeutic services to children in York, Adams, and Franklin Counties ages 3-17. Our clinical staff has a wide diversity of specialized training, including play and art therapy, to meet the needs of children and adolescents in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Our clinicians are trained trauma therapists, with specialization in the Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) evidenced based treatment modality.
Children’s Aid Society currently accepts Access (Medical Assistance) at all our centers. We offer reasonable rates on a sliding scale for self-pay clients.
The Lehman Center has one of only three crisis nurseries in the state of Pennsylvania. We are a support to families that otherwise have no support and a valuable asset to the York community area. We offer short term respite care (day/overnight), 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for children newborn through six years of age. Families voluntarily bring their children to our center for a variety of reasons, including:
The average stay for a child is three days. During his or her stay at the Crisis Nursery each child receives care by trained, loving staff and volunteers. These professionals provide individual attention to children who are coming from stressful environments.
Parents are encouraged to visit with their children by phone or in person each day.
“I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have a safe place to leave my daughter when I had nowhere! I thank God for all you have done for my family.”
“I used your services a long time ago when I was in a horribly abusive relationship. You kept my children safe and also helped me find the strength to leave my abuser and find the resources I needed to make a home for my family.”
“I will never forget what you did for my family and one day I will find a way to repay the kindness you showed me.”
“You supported me when no one else would.”
Our Family Advocacy program is a comprehensive outreach program for parents whose crises cannot be resolved in the three days when their children are staying at the crisis nursery. For some families three days is not enough time to overcome the myriad of obstacles they face, tackle their many challenges and achieve their goals. Family advocacy is an intensive and comprehensive program for parents and guardians who use the nursery on a repeat basis. Our Family Advocate works with parents to help them find the resources they need to provide a supportive family environment for their children. Parents are referred to our Family Advocate through the Crisis Nursery. For more information call 717-845-5771.
Located at The Nicarry Center in New Oxford God’s Closet is a clothing room for children ages 12 and under. Low income families can come and “shop” for clothes, shoes, and coats for their children. If we have toys or diapers in stock they are welcome to those too. Anyone can refer a family to us for help. God’s Closet helps families offset the cost of keeping a rapidly growing child in clothes.
God’s Closet is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. and by appointment. It is a partnership between Children’s Aid Society and the Adams County Foster Parents Association, we have the space for storing clothes and their members volunteer to staff God’s Closet. Volunteers do a great job of keeping the clothing bins organized and stocked.
The Incredible Years Series (IYS) is a prevention and intervention program intended to enhance children’s social and emotional competencies, and ultimately reduce behavior problems. The Incredible Years Series has been found to decrease harsh discipline practices, improve pro-active parenting skills and the parent-child relationship, enhance children’s academic and social competence, and decrease aggression.
The parenting program is recommended by the American Psychological Association Task Force as meeting the stringent criteria for empirically supported mental health interventions for children with conduct problems. The Incredible Years series is an evidence-based intervention recognized through the Blueprints for Violence Prevention and SAMHSA model programs.
Offering parents a comfortable location to talk about the stresses, anxieties and complex issues of parenting
At Parent Support Groups, parents can expect to share with others who are going through some of the same experiences, learn from one another, including experienced parents and trained volunteers, receive information on available community resources and topics related to parenting. and improve parenting skills and relationships with children and families.
Support Groups are free of charge and welcome parents and legal guardians to attend!
Ongoing weekly meetings (except for holidays)
Weekly children's group while parents meet
Snacks and beverages for both parents and children
Support between meetings when/if needed
A model of mutual support, openness and confidentiality
Thursdays at "The Lehman Center"
402 W. Market Street, York PA
Signups are not required to attend, however if you are attending for the first time and bringing your child/children, please call prior so enough childcare is available.
For more information or to inquire, contact our Volunteer and Parent Support Group Director at 717-845-5771 ext. 105
Children's Aid Society is an affiliate of:
Our 24-Hour Hotline and Referral Service is available to parents and caregivers. Trained and caring staff listen, offer immediate support and help callers work through their crisis. Staff
The Mission of York C.A.R.E.S. is 'To help York’s homeless build stronger, healthier lives through compassionate and essential services'
We are an outgrowth of One York: Government & faith-based community groups coming together to share resources & opportunities. We quickly realized that there is an immediate need for essential services to assist York’s homeless population and fill the gaps in services in the county. We were introduced and visited Carlisle C.A.R.E.S and New Hope ministries early on in our process and we adopted our name of York C.A.R.E.S. to associate with Carlisle and Gettysburg C.A.R.E.S. both well developed and recognized homeless outreach organizations. Homeless individuals are transient by nature and circumstances. The name York C.A.R.E.S. identifies our work serving the needs of the homeless and welcomes them with familiarity. We concentrate on the needs of homeless men, women and children and we seek to fill gaps not presently met by other groups in York county. We are currently operating a Coffee Spot and Mail Spot through the Salvation Army, South Duke Street, York PA – Monday –Friday 1-2:30 pm which provides a place for coffee, conversation and community out of the heat in Summer and out of the cold of Winter. We provide information on essential services in the community for food, clothing, shelter, housing, transportation, counseling, and employment and develop a full service day resource center for the homeless, similar to Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. To Continue to collaborate with others who have complimentary services to fill the gaps in the community. Our final logo has all the essential services identified and we plan to provide at the day resource center.
Some of these services include:
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