LifeSpan Family Services
of Pennsylvania,  Inc.

Our Mission

The mission of LifeSpan Family Services (LFS) is to be a premier social service agency committed to providing excellent care and culturally competent services.  LFS believes empathy, hope and respect of faith should be a main priority in providing culturally competent services. We embrace a strengths based perspective that works to lead clients to positive outcomes and healthier relationships.  We encourage and respect each clients pursuit of their faith.

Our Organization

We are a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation.  We are dedicated to providing services to children and youth in our area.  Our Board of Directors meets at least once annually and are chosen from various parts of our service area.

Our Staff

Our caring staff is deeply committed to the care of children facing special circumstances and works towards providing the best possible homes and services to these children. Our staff is knowledgeable of the laws surrounding providing foster care and adoption services and can thus help those children in need of these services or those seeking to become foster parents. Our staff is also able to refer these children and foster families to agencies who offer services which LifeSpan Family Services does not provide.

All of LifeSpan Family Services' staff members are required to obtain their criminal history, FBI, and child abuse clearances to ensure that the children being placed through the agency are in safe hands. The Director is required to hold a Master's Degree in Social Work or a related field, along with a minimum of four years of experience working with children and families in a therapeutic or foster care or residential treatment setting. It is necessary for the Program Manager to hold a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or a related field with at least 2 years of related experience and 1 year of supervisory experience. Our Social Workers are required to have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or a related field and 1 year of social work experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. LifeSpan Family Services believes that having staff that meet these requirements will benefit its clients, as the staff is experienced and knowledgeable about family dynamics and human services.  

Service Population

LifeSpan Family Services offers services in McKean, Jefferson, Clearfield, Indiana County and other surrounding counties. We expect to  offer services within a short time span to many Central-Western Pennsylvania counties, as well. LifeSpan Family Services accepts children and adolescents aged from birth to 21 years of age. The majority of chldren placed will be from the 10 to 15 age bracket. However, some children choose to remain in the Children and Youth System beyond age 18 and choose to do so until they have reached 21 years of age. We provide services to those children, as well as those considered "juvenile delinquents" and are under the oversight of a probation department. We offer placement into our foster families' homes to children with medical conditions and behavioral issues that may be maintained by our foster families with the aid of community resources. We facilitate the optimal inclusion of the families of our clients, as agreed upon by the client the placing agency and Lifespan.

Children with severe mental health or behavioral problems require special foster placement. We recommend you pursue contacting the CASSP coordinator of your county for assistance with these significantly behaviorally challenged or mentally unstable children.

Placement Settings

Primarily, LifeSpan Family Services aids in placing children in temporary, long-term care provided by our resource families. Emergency Shelter is also offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as needed. If a child is in immediate need of a safe place to stay, LifeSpan Family Services can provide short-term placement with a foster family for up to 30 days, at which point we would suggest that the child be moved into our traditional foster care program. LifeSpan Family Services additionally   provides short-term Respite Care in the event that a child needs periodic stays with a foster family during weekends, holidays, or other time periods. Respite Care guarantees that a child always has a safe, familiar place to stay where he or she has already established family relationships. Respite Care can also serve as a backup living arrangement in the event that a child needs to relocate. LifeSpan Family Services recommends that respite care be used when the demands of the care of a child has the potential to overwhelm the family and jeopardize the child's ability on a long-term basis to remain in his or her other non-respite placement.