Children and Youth Social
|If you would like to request more information on becoming a foster parent, please email your name, address and phone number to Roxanne Watkins-Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-348-6997.
Share Your Love With A Child
Working Together To Keep Families Together
The Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency provides
child protection services to children and families.
Our agency is operated by the county in order to comply with state laws
regarding the protection of children. Our main responsibility is to respond
to all referrals of child abuse, neglect and exploitation. Most of our
calls come from schools, medical professionals, and families. However,
anyone can call.
The philosophy of our volunteer program is to assist the social work staff
to keep families together. We work to prevent placement of children and
facilitate the return of foster children to their parents.
Our volunteers play an integral part in keeping the family unit together. Volunteers
work with children and families who have become our clients after the case
is opened for service. Our primary goal is to promote family unity and self-esteem
among our clients. Volunteers receive training to perform the following roles:
- Mentors - Volunteers work with youth on a one-to-one relationship
to provide recreational activities, life skills education, and
drug use prevention education. By modeling, the volunteers teach
young children positive life skills and steer them away from destructive
- Parent Educators - Support socially isolated parents and provide
basic information concerning childcare needs.
- Tutors - Work with clients of all ages toward a specific educational
goal. Agency staff will coordinate educational objectives with
Any adult who can communicate with others, understand and accept those from
different backgrounds and lifestyles, and maintain confidentially, if eligible.
Available transportation is necessary.
Training & Time Required
Volunteers are required to attend twelve (12) hours of training to provide
the knowledge and background necessary to work with clients. They must also
attend at least three (3) of the monthly volunteer meetings where they will
have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other volunteers. We ask for
a time commitment of two to three hours per week for a minimum of six months
to ensure our clients consistency and to gain their confidence.
Volunteers can accept or refuse any assignment. We try to match volunteers
by both geographically and by interests. We do not assign volunteers to cases
where there is excessive violence or drug/alcohol abuse, or severe mental
We provide an on-going support system for our volunteers by having monthly
meetings, which allow volunteers to share ideas and cases. The social worker
assigned to the case is available at all times for consultation and support.
The volunteer coordinator and supervisor provide added supervision and consultation.
Since 1981, we have been matching volunteers with families in need. Our volunteers
have brought a better quality of life to children.
Toll-Free resource number:
Information on Foster Parenting or Volunteering:
After Hours Non-Emergency Police Radio Number:
888-245-7210 ext. 21
The Agency with the official regulatory responsibility
for ensuring the safety and well-being of children in Bucks County.
Bucks County Children and
Youth Social Services
Lynne Rainey, LSW
4259 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901