About & Services
Adoption & Permanency Services
CONCERN is a multi-service private non-profit 501(c)(3) human services organization dedicated to providing child welfare, juvenile justice, and behavioral health services to children and their families. Founded in 1978, CONCERN began as a pioneer of treatment foster care, believing that children placed into care should live in a traditional family setting in the community, rather than in a residential or institutional setting. Since this time, CONCERN has been at the forefront of innovative programs to meet the child's individual needs.
Since 1978, CONCERN has served over 27,000 children and youth in placement services, including placing 5,000 children into adoptive families. Through 15 sites throughout eastern and north-central Pennsylvania and southern Maryland, CONCERN offers a growing array of foster care, adoption and permanency, community-based, behavioral health, and residential programs. Each day, our placement services impact the lives of more than 500 children and youth. Each year, our adoption and permanency services assist nearly 400 children on their journey to their forever family or permanent home; our community-based services touch the lives of nearly 200 individuals and families, and our behavioral health services impact the lives of over 5,000 individuals through a continuum of services.
CONCERN is governed by an active and responsible Board of Directors whose members have no material conflict of interest and serve without compensation. CONCERN’s Senior Leadership Team is led by a Chief Executive Officer, with each service site being led by appropriately credentialed supervisory personnel.
CONCERN brings hope, offers opportunity, and inspires change.
Always do your very best
Be impeccable with your word
Approach situations fairly and without pre-judging
Embrace conflict and disagreements as an opportunity to strengthen our relationships.
Leadership is a participative process in which everyone is a stakeholder and has the opportunity as well as the responsibility to contribute to the success of the organization.
Compassion – We bring a genuine sensitivity and understanding about another person’s trauma and a willingness to help to make that person’s situation better.
Commitment – We are dedicated to the success of our clients, community partners, and employees. If they succeed, we succeed.
Respect – We are considerate and helpful, recognizing the inherent worth and dignity of every person treating everyone with fairness and respect.
Community – We accomplish more when we work together, understanding our collective strengths and having shared attributes with those among us.
Diversity – We value and respect the natural individual differences of our backgrounds, cultures, interests, and experiences that make us unique.
Dedication – We are devoted to our work, mission, and the well-being of others to ensure the “hope, opportunity, and change” we promise.
Dependability – We are reliable and trustworthy, and our word is our bond.