Joining Forces for Children
Joining Forces for Children is a collaborative partnership among Lancaster County agencies seeking to serve children impacted by addiction. The Joining Forces for Children partners seek to coordinate existing services, enhance communication and collaboration among service providers, and identify opportunities to increase access to evidence-based, trauma-informed services and supports for children impacted by addiction disorders. A Family Advocate will provide individualized resource navigation for children and their caregivers.
Joining Forces for Children Services and Resources
Handle With Care
What is it?
Handle with Care is a trauma-sensitive approach that allows law enforcement to notify school personnel when they encounter a child at a scene. In Lancaster County, notifications will be received through a Safe2Say plug-in only accessible by law enforcement. No details about the event will be shared with school personnel. It is important to note that not all police contact is the result of violence, but may result in a traumatic response by the student.
To learn more about Handle with Care visit: handlewithcarewv.org
Why Handle with Care?
The goal of Handle with Care is to better help children exposed to trauma and mitigate its effects so that students can succeed at school. Trauma or adverse childhood experiences can impact the development of our students. It can impair their cognitive development, their ability to self-regulate, their social development, and their physical health.
By identifying signs of distress in our students, we can more quickly provide them with tools and supports to mitigate the long-term impacts of trauma. Through trauma-sensitive approaches, we can help students feel safe, self-regulate, and be successful in the school environment.
Support Groups for Loved Ones
- Al-Anon/Alateen – for loved ones of people who struggle with their alcohol use: Find an Al-Anon/Alateen Meeting
- Nar-Anon – for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them: Find a Nar-Anon Meeting
- ACoA – (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)/Dysfunctional Families is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in dysfunctional homes. Find a Meeting
- Gam-Anon – For those concerned with a loved one’s gambling: Find a Meeting
- Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance – A variety of family support classes, groups, and sober social activities: Learn More
- For Additional Family Support Groups – Visit Compass Mark’s Get Help page
Services for Children and Families
Families With Children 0 - 5 Years Old
- Community Action Partnership – Thrive to 5: Creating Head Starts for the Future
- Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Early Head Start
Pre-School Early Intervention
Autism Solutions for Families
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
Nurse Family Partnership
Healthy Beginnings Plus
Joining Forces for Children Family Advocate – to find out more use the contact us form.
School-Aged Children – Grades K-12
- Lancaster County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services – Early Intervention
- Lancaster County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services – Children’s Mental Health Services
- Lancaster County Children’s Alliance – Visit Website
- Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency – Protection Services for children and Families
- Lancaster County Victim/Witness Services – Visit Webite
- Information, Support, and Advocacy for victims of crime and to witness for trials
- Bethany Christian Services
- Compass Mark
- Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation – Children’s Mental Health Copay Assistance Program
- Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13
Motivated by Christian faith, COBYS Family Services provides foster care, adoption, counseling, family life education and permanency services for children and families at risk in Lancaster County and the surrounding area.COBYS Website
CAP provides birth-5 early childhood education services throughout Lancaster County. Our programs provide children with early childhood education, family support services, nutritious meals and health screenings.
CAP’s early learning program emphasizes language, math, science, art, physical activity and social skills to prepare children for school success.Community Action Partnership Website
Lancaster General Health offers free programs for income-eligible, pregnant women, to help you have a healthy pregnancy, give your baby a good start in life, and develop empowering lifestyle habits for your own well-being.Nurse-Family Partnership Website
Early Intervention’s trained professionals provide families with developmental knowledge and strategies they can use in their everyday lives that encourage their child to think, learn, move, talk and become more independent.Early Intervention Website
The Lancaster County Children’s Alliance is the Children’s Advocacy Center for Lancaster County. The center brings together in one location child abuse professionals who support the needs of child victims and non-offending family members.Children's Alliance Website
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13) is an education service agency dedicated to delivering services to school districts and communities across the state.iu13 Website
RASE in Lancaster strives to give back to the community and demonstrate that “Recovery Works!” To accomplish this, we recruit and retain a grassroots consortium of recovering and non-recovering persons; ensure that the recovery community has a voice and a presence in the public policy forums; and increase access to quality care for treatment of addiction and those with co-occurring disorders.The Raise Project website
Behavioral Health and Disabilities Services (BHDS)
Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (BH/DS) believes that all individuals,
birth through adulthood, should be viewed through their strengths
and empowered to fulfill their life’s purpose within an accepting and supportive community.
Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency
The Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency is a public child welfare agency mandated to provide protection services to Lancaster County’s children and their families. The Agency investigates all reports of child abuse and neglect and provides intervention services to address safety threats and risk factors and stabilize the family. The Agency’s mission is to address the safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth at risk of abuse and neglect.
Lancaster County Victim/Witness Services:
Victim / Witness Services is a special program of the Office of the District Attorney. Victim / Witness Services provides information, support, and advocacy to victims of crime and to witnesses for trials.
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