OPEN DOOR INT'L
645 Penn St. - Suite 504
Reading, PA 19601
FOSTER CARE AND IN-HOME FAMILY SERVICES
FOSTER CARE OVERVIEW
In 1636, less than thirty years after the founding of the Jamestown Colony, at the age of seven, Benjamin Eaton became this nation's first foster child.
In 1853, Charles Loring Brace began the free foster home movement. A minister and director of the New York Children's Aid Society, Brace was concerned about the large number of immigrant children sleeping in the streets of New York. He devised a plan to provide them homes by advertising in the South and West for families willing to provide free homes for these children, whether for charitable reasons or whatever help these children could be to them. In many cases, these children were placed in circumstances similar to indenture. However, Brace's daring and creative action became the foundation for the foster care movement as it exists today.
Three states led the movement. Massachusetts, prior to 1865, began paying board to families who took care of children too young to be indentured. Pennsylvania passed the first licensing law in 1885 which made it a misdemeanor to care for two or more unrelated children without a license. (above is an adaptation from the website of the National Foster Parent Association)
Since then, there have never been a sufficent number of foster homes in Pennsylvania or America. We are often forced to put unrelated children in the same home. There simply are not enough foster homes.
We need you to act on that. So do the children. Call us. Ask for someone to visit your home and answer all your questions. (610) 372-2200
Foster Care is a temporary living arrangement for children who have been abused and/or neglected and who need a safe and stable home to reside. OPEN DOOR Int'l, Inc. provides that safe, stable and nurturing home environment for children until such time as his/ her goal of reunification with family, adoption, or permanent placement can be accomplished.