Youth Programs Through Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services Youth Services Programs support at-risk children, youth, and their families with compassionate care, educational opportunity, and loving homes that affirm their worth and their potential.

  • A Better Way within Catholic Social Services teaches social responsibility skills and conflict management skills to youths between ages 12 and 18 who are involved in the juvenile justice system. This community program utilizes the Sanctuary Model of Trauma-Informed Care to help you with issues of chronic adversity, loss, and trauma. 

  • Out of School Time Programs are school-based community centers that offer an array of creative after-school activities in the late afternoon aimed at youth development and family support. These programs are in neighborhoods with high poverty and crime rates and significant child welfare problems. Rooted in Catholic faith, Programs are educational, social, and recreational in nature, and serve school-aged children and adolescents from the community. 

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  • Casa del Carmen Preschool Academy, a Keystone Stars 4 childcare facility, offers the highest standard of education for 89 young learners in a safe and caring educational environment.

    We understand the unique needs of families searching for high-quality preschool programs in North Philadelphia. Our bilingual staff helps ensure the needs of our children and parents are understood and met.

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  • Our mission at Catholic Social Services is to help those with unexpected pregnancies choose life and make an adoption plan. Our adoption services allow birth parents to find support, children to find loving homes, and for families to expand.

    Adoption services through Catholic Social Services assist families seeking to expand their homes and hearts with the gift of adoption. Birth parents receive counseling and other supportive services, allowing them to explore and consider their options to make an informed decision about whether to place their child for adoption.

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  • Catholic Social Services (CSS) provides foster and kinship care services to children between birth and 21 years of age who are in need of a temporary substitute care, due to a crisis or chronic condition. The goal of the program is to achieve permanency for children in the briefest amount of time, which allows for safety, wellbeing and preventing children from a return to care.

    All resource family care service is delivered with a view toward the earliest possible return of the child to the birth family. While the child is in substitute care, the Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) involves the birth family in all levels of care and planning.

    All resource families are encouraged to establish a mentoring relationship with the child’s family.  This relationship will help to support the child and family’s bond while the child is placed in out-of-home care.

    CSS staff support the permanency planning process by providing training and education to the resource parent so that they have the requisite skills to assist the child through the reunification process or if reunification is not possible, help the child transition as they move toward another permanency. This permanency may include adoption by the resource family.

    The requirements to become a foster parent include:

    • Must be at least 21 years old.
    • Must have a safe, stable residence with appropriate furnishings.
    • Must be healthy enough to provide care for children.
    • Must be able to pass criminal, child abuse and FBI background checks.
    • Must be able to complete the home study process.
    • Must be able to provide support to children and their families.

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      Consistent with its religious beliefs and legal protections in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, 141 S. Ct. 1868 (2021), CSS is unable to provide certifications for unmarried cohabitating couples and same-sex couples.  CSS does not wish to prevent those couples from applying to become foster parents, so is providing this further information. If CSS is not the right fit for your family for this or any other reason, we recommend that you contact one of the other agencies listed at this address: DHS_Philadelphia_Foster_Care_Agencies_101320.pdf. They can help you complete your application and partner with you as you seek to become a foster parent. 

    • Co-Partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services

      Saint Francis & Saint Vincent Homes is a group home, treatment agency offering educational resources and other social services to teenage boys and girls. Our mission is to provide services that foster the physical, moral, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual development of the youth in our care. 

      Saint Francis & Saint Vincent group homes provide a transitional living program to at-risk youth. These group homes provide support services to both families and adolescents. Families are given every opportunity for involvement in the care of their child. This allows them to assist them in the meaningful care and development of their children. 

      By providing a continuum of care and services which address the needs of each individual seeking help, this group home environment delivers a support system to maximize the potential of each of the young people in our care.

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    • Catholic Social Services in partnership with the Office for Catholic Education and five Archdiocesan High Schools provide Social Workers to assist with the needs of students and their families. Schools currently connected with this program are Little Flower High School for Girls, Father Judge High School for Boys, West Catholic Preparatory High School, Neumann-Goretti Catholic High School and Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School.