Bucks County Gains a ‘Visit House,’ Enabling Foster Children and Their Parents to Reconnect

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Bucks County's new "visit house" provides a convenient site for parents and children to visit while also accessing services.

A new $330,000 facility in Middletown Township will become a key component in strengthening the effectiveness of Bucks County foster care. The opening of a “visit house,” where foster children and their parents connect in a supervised environment, was covered by Gregory Vellner of the Community Voice.

Commenting on the new resource, Marjorie McKeone, director, Bucks County Children & Youth Social Services Agency, said, “It took years of planning, but we’re thrilled to finally make this option available. We always want to assist and support our families.”

The site provides a neutral place where parents and their children can reacclimate and families under review can meet with social workers.

It’s also more conveniently located than the previous Doylestown site.

Federal funds allocated under the Family First Act of 2018 covered the purchase of the facility’s lot.

The need for this kind of family service has increased over the past few years. In November 2021 alone, officials overseeing the county’s foster-care program helped 3,800 children from 2,190 families.

More on Bucks County’s new visit house is at the Community Voice.