5712 Iroquois Avenue, Harborcreek, PA 16421
P: (814) 899-7664   ·   F: (814) 899-3075

CRR Host Home: Therapeutic Foster Care Program

Harborcreek Youth Services' Community Residential Rehabilitation (CRR) Host Home Therapeutic Program provides youth with individualized mental health care in a foster family setting. CRR Host Home Care is an excellent alternative to placement in a residential treatment facility, and is also useful as a step-down intervention to ease a youth's re-entry into the community.

Admissions, provision of services, and client referrals are made without regard to race, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin (including limited English proficiency), age, or sex.


 We Want to Hear From You...Please Complete our Survey!

Our program is looking for two things:

  1. If we were to have a recruitment event, what type of event would you be most interested in/do you feel would be the most successful?
  2. What are some of the hurdles to becoming a foster parent (no free time; afraid to get attached; not interested; afraid of the trauma on your own youth, etc.)

Your thoughts matter to us and anyone can participate in our Survey.  To participate, please click here


What is a CRR Host Home Parent? Program Overview

Harborcreek Youth Services is currently seeking Host Home Parents for our CRR Program. Youth are placed individually in a family setting for an average of six to nine months. What makes our program a “treatment program” is a collaborative team approach involving CRR Host Home Parents, biological parents, therapists, and the youth. All these groups work together to ensure that the youth’s emotional, behavioral, and educational needs are addressed, the families are supported, and all identified problems are resolved as much as possible.

 


Basic Requirements

CRR Host Home Parents must meet certain requirements that are mandated by state law. Among these requirements are the following:

  • CRR Host Home Parents must be at least 21 years old
  • CRR Host Home Parents must be physically able to care for a youth and must be free of communicable disease
  • CRR Host Home Parents must provide references, employment history, evidence of financial stability, and other types of background information
  • CRR Host Home Parents and others over the age of 14 who are living in the home must obtain proof that they have no history of physically or sexually abusing youth and have no convictions for committing certain crimes within a specified period of time.

In addition, prospective Host Homes must meet certain residential requirements, including the following:

  • At least one functioning flush toilet, one wash basin, and one bath and/or shower with hot and cold running water
  • An operable telephone
  • An operable heating system

The most important requirement of all is that prospective CRR Host Home Parents have a genuine love for youth and a strong commitment to helping them succeed. We'll be there every step of the way to help you with the rest!  Get started today by printing out the:

CRR Host Home Parent Application!  

Completed applications can be mailed to:

Tiahana Martinez, Program Director
Harborcreek Youth Services
5712 Iroquois Avenue
Harborcreek, PA  16421

Support Services

Harborcreek Youth Services’ CRR Host Home Parents are given ongoing supervision, support, and respite care, as well as a monthly stipend. Emergency assistance is available at all times. In addition, all CRR Host Home Parents are provided with free trainingCRR Host Home Parents will have all the tools they need prior to initial placement to ensure that the youth’s stay is a beneficial experience for everyone.

For more information about program requirements, please call 814-899-7664, extension 333.

Every youth deserves a chance, and CRR Host Home Parenting is a great way to offer a youth a new and better life. Make a positive impact on the life of a youth in need of stability, guidance, and love. We look forward to talking with you and welcoming you to our team!


Frequently Asked Questions

Foster Care - Harborcreek Youth Services

Who would be joining my home?
Children and youth from Erie County who have a mental health diagnosis and behavioral concerns would be joining your home. These are boys and girls ages 4-18 years old.

What is CRR?
CRR is a higher level of foster care and treatment for the youth of Erie County. They receive extensive training to help youth with special needs cope. Each youth also receives in-home individual and family therapy by a Masters Level Clinician.

How old are the youth?
They are between the ages of 4 and 18 years old.

Can I adopt the youth in my home?
If the youth is approved for adoption, we will help you connect with the agency that is representing the youth to explore the possibility of adoption.

How long is this commitment?
Typically, the youth/youth is in your home for 6-9 months. However, it could be longer depending on the individual youth’s circumstances.

How will HYS help/support me?
HYS will provide you with all initial pre-service training and an additional 24 hours per year for ongoing training at no charge to you. We also provide 24/7 support to you and the youth joining your home.

I'm single. Do I qualify?
Single parents are welcome to apply.

I've heard HYS is affiliated with Catholic Charities, but I'm not Catholic. Can I be a CRR Host Home Parent?
Yes, you are able to participate in the program no matter what your religious background. We welcome anyone who is willing to open their heart and home!

What do I need to be approved?
You'll need to complete an application, have a home study completed, and pass a home inspection that will be reviewed by our recruitment committee.

I've heard that HYS is just "bad kids" - will I be living with a criminal?!
HYS supports youth who have been traumatized and have a higher level of behavioral health needs. Our program also serves youth who are adjudicated, delinquent or truant and who may be involved with the Erie County Office of Juvenile Probation. The youth’s history is always shared with CRR Host Home Parents prior to placement. CRR Host Home Parents are always free to refuse to accept a youth for placement without jeopardizing their status with our agency.

I work - what kind of schedule do I need to have to do this?
Since there are important appointments for the youth such as meetings with their therapist, a psychiatrist, and teachers, you may need flexibility in your schedule in order to meet these necessary requirements. If you work full-time and have the ability to flex your schedule then please feel free to apply. For our part, our team will always work to adjust our schedules to work with your availability.

I have other kids - is this a good idea for me?
Please be mindful that Host Home youth have a history trauma. Children who have been traumatized may have complex needs. If your own children can cope with behaviors displayed by another youth and are willing to accept a new addition to the family, then please apply. We'll be working extensively with you throughout the process to find the perfect fit from both your family and the youth we serve.

I live in a trailer/apartment/etc. - is that ok?
Living in an apartment or trailer is ok. Your home must pass a home inspection and you must carry renter’s insurance. In addition to the requirements mentioned above, we will review a complete list of state-mandated residential requirements during the application process.

How many hours of training do I need?
You are required by the state to receive at least 24 hours of pre-service training, and additional training each year at no cost to you.

Is this a paid position?
No, this is not a paid position, and you will not be an employee of Harborcreek Youth Services. You will receive a daily stipend for each overnight stay of a Host youth in your home.

What if it doesn't work out?
If it doesn’t work out, we will continue to train and support you in order for you to provide respite care or to become a temporary Host Home for another youth.

I have a sister/friend/aunt/etc. who would be perfect for this. What should I do?
Please spread the word and tell them to contact Program Director Tiahana Martinez at 814-899-7664 ext. 333. We are also always willing to come speak about our program to your group or organization.

Can I pick the youth I want?
You can state a preference such as a boy or girl or an age range. However, the role of our Program Director is to make the match between the youth and their strengths and needs and a CRR Host Home Parent. You will have the option to accept or decline having the youth join your home. Our goal is to make a great match between CRR Host Home Parents and Host Home kids so both of you can succeed!

How many Host Home Children can be placed in my home?
Just one at a time.

Will the Host Home youth's family be involved?
Yes, the youth’s natural or adoptive parents or another discharge resource may be involved in treatment. The youth may also have visits with siblings.

Can I afford to do this?
All potential CRR Host Home Parents must have a primary source of income other than the stipend they receive from being a CRR Host Home Parent. Proof of financial stability without hardship is required as part of the application process.

What if they get sick?
Depending on the illness, you would take them for medical treatment and continue to provide care to them as if they were your own child.

Can I take them to church/religious services with me?
Yes, you may, if the youth and family are in agreement.

Can I take them on vacation?
Yes, you may take them on vacation. 

What if I can't/don't want to be a full-time Host Home Parent?
You can also become a Respite Provider for our program! Respite Providers go through the same application process, but care for youth on a part-time basis as little as one day per month. Many families try Respite Care as a way of seeing if becoming a Host Home is a good "fit," then progress to becoming full-time Homes later on.

I want to help, but I can't take care of a Host Home youth. What can I do?
You can always help us by passing along our information to friends and family who may be interested in becoming Host Home Parents.

How long does the application process take?
From your initial application, to welcoming a youth in your home, the process takes an average of approximately nine months. During that time period, you'll receive training, resources, and support from our entire team. We look forward to welcoming you!