(currently serving Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey)



We are proud to be bringing our two decades of foster care, adoption and family strengthening experience to the Northeast Communities beginning in Greater Philadelphia and New Jersey. Our goal is to use our expertise in child welfare to work in collaboration with existing local agencies to provide an immediate cost-free response to a family in crisis while creating an additional safety net for Jewish children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.


Foster Care and Adoption Program

Unlike traditional foster care programs around the country that only care for children by referral and funding from the state, JAFCO believes that the care of a child from our community is the responsibility of our Jewish community. Therefore, in addition to court ordered placements, we will accept children who are referred by their family members when the family is in crisis and the children are at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. JAFCO was created 25 years ago to fill an unmet need in the Jewish community and as a Jewish community it is also our pleasure, our privilege and our responsibility to also serve any child or family in need regardless of their cultural or religious background. JAFCO will provide ongoing support, supervision and training to our foster and adoptive parents and all needed support services to the children, birth parents and family members.


The JAFCO Family Strengthening Program serves all families in crisis by providing these intensive clinical case management and referral services free of charge:

  • 24 hour on-call crisis support for existing clients
  • Referrals for shelter and child daycare programs
  • Referrals and assistance for food and clothing needs
  • Parent training
  • In home family counseling and support
  • Parent visitation – supervised and therapeutic supervised visitation
  • Referrals for teen substance abuse treatment programs
  • Creation of family safety plans
  • Guidance with reporting allegations or concerns regarding physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • Comprehensive support to Grandparents raising their grandchildren
  • Sensitivity training to school personnel regarding the warning signs of abuse and neglect
  • Counselling and support for birth parents inquiring about placing a child for adoption


If you know of anyone in your community who are interested in learning about becoming a foster or adoptive parent please invite them to join us:



January 9 February 13 March 13
April 10 May 8

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: JAFCO 215 N Presidential Blvd Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004


This orientation will give members of our community a chance to ask any questions they may have and gain a more in depth understanding about the foster care and adoption process in general. If you are interested in learning more about all of our services and programs, please contact Rachel Buxbaum, LSW at 610-525-1040 or Rachel@jafco.org. JAFCO reserves the sole right to determine admission and eligibility for this program.