About Lackawanna County Family and Children Services

Our team

We are a team of passionate individuals dedicated to achieving timely permanency for Lackawanna County foster care youth. Meet our team.

Agency Mission Statement:

Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services will ensure child safety and family stability while respecting the rights and dignity of the family group.

What We Do

The Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services foster care team ensures children identified as unsafe in their own homes, are placed in kinship or foster homes that will meet their individual need for safety, permanence and well-being. Toward that goal, we recruit, evaluate and approve families interested in fostering children. We utilize resources for foster families and children in foster care providing case workers trained in assessing individual needs and offer supports to meet those needs. OYFS works diligently toward the goal of reunification while embracing the importance of maintaining family relationships. While working our primary goal of reunification, we also plan for alternate forms of permanency. Some outcomes could include adoption or subsidized permanent legal custodianship.

We strive to make the process of becoming a foster family as streamlined as possible and offer online applications for foster families through our partnership with Binti. Learn more about becoming a foster family to foster a child here and to adopt a child here.