News & Events

Adoption: Why We Do This Work

November is ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH! Donna Cohn with LCFS speaks out about her passion for Child Welfare work and her deep appreciation of her staff. Click here to read about Donna's journey.


IHPS: Dedicated to Protecting Children

Get an inside look at the people behind our In Home Protective Service program! Supervisor Samantha Wascow shares a courageous story about a little girl who overcame a traumatic experience with the help of her IHPS caseworker. Click here to read more.


At Liberty Available Online

"At Liberty" is now available online!

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Thank You For Your Support

Thank you Mary Frances Cummings, of the UPenn Division of Community Oral Health, for her generous donation of oral health supplies to our refugees!


BOOST Kids Get Red Carpet Treatment

Hundreds of kids from across the Philadelphia area were given the red carpet treatment! It was the BOOSTIE Awards! The theme for this summer’s BOOST camp program was BOOST Goes To Hollywood! In addition to the traditional activities featured at camp like dance, basketball, chess, culinary arts, fashion, and music – young people learned all about what it means to make movies!

Young people took home awards in categories such as best movie, best set design and best actor and actress. Even though not everyone took home an award, they all went home with big smiles and an amazing summer camp experience. Click here to see a gallery of photos from the awards ceremony.


LCFS Receives Highest Markets in Reaccreditation

Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS) has been reaccredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) for its services provided to children and families in Southeastern Pennsylvania.This program of quality improvement, conducted every four years, is designed to identify providers that have met high performance standards and have made a commitment to their stakeholders to deliver the very best quality services. This year, LCFS was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report (PCR) process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards.

“COA’s reaccreditation is a testimony to how we are not only meeting industry standards, but exceeding them,” says Rich Gitlen, vice president and executive director of LCFS. “This is an amazing feat and speaks volumes of our staff’s commitment and dedication to the children and families we serve.”

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LCFS Flea Market Fundraiser

Join Us August 17, 2013 at our offices at 5401 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia from 10:00am-1:00pm, for snacks, crafts, jewelry, food and much more. The Flea Market benefits the LCFS Foster Parent Support Group's Annual Banquet in August in honor of our foster children. Rain Date is September 14. Click here for details!


LCFS Receives $220,000 in Grants for Refugee Programs

Great news: LCFS is the recipient of two grants totaling $220,000 that will be used to support its programs benefiting refugees in the Greater Philadelphia area. LCFS will receive $140,000 over the next three years from The Pew Charitable Trusts and $80,000 from the City of Philadelphia-Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services.

 “These grants will be instrumental in allowing LCFS to continue provide vital programs and services to hundreds of refugee children and their families who have suffered unimaginable trauma in their home countries,” said Peter Gottemoller, Director, Child Welfare Programs, Lutheran Children and Family Service. Click here to read more. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Join a Team to Help Refugee Women!

Lutheran Children and Family service is partnering with Temple University to connect older adult volunteers to our refugee clients in Philadelphia. Women age 50+ will have the opportunity to develop relationships with Bhutanese and Burmese refugee women, learn about their cultures, and share knowledge about the U.S. The project is funded by a grant from the Barra Foundation. Click here for more information

Affidavit of Relationship Now Open

If you came into the U.S. as a refugee you may be eligible to help your family members apply to come to the U.S. as a refugee. The U.S. government Affidavit of Relationship (AOR) program is now open.Click here for more information

Family Reunification Supervisor Recognized

Fayrouz Azer, family reunification supervisor, was recently recognized by two local media outlets.

Click here for an an article in The Reporter

Click here for an article in the Lansdale Lutheran

Lutheran Children and Family Service Awarded a Contract by the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy

Lutheran Children and Family Service (LCFS), a service of Liberty Lutheran and the lead agency in the Lower Olney/Logan Neighborhood Learning Community, was recently awarded a contract from the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to provide a workforce literacy program for low-income Philadelphia residents. LCFS was one of four anchor organizations chosen by the Mayor’s Commission on Literacy to implement the program as part of their Neighborhood Adult Learning Communities initiative. The goal of this initiative, which began in early 2012, is to enhance community assets and strengthen our collective ability to promote adult learning and economic success in Philadelphia. Click here to read more

Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program Receives Award from HIAS

Lutheran Children and Family Service’s (LCFS) Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) program received a Community Partner award from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Click here to read more


BOOST Receives Grant from Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation

Lutheran Children and Family Service received a 5,000 dollar grant from the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation to support its Best Out of School Time (BOOST) Program. Click here to read more.


Philadelphia Church "Weclomes Home" Refugee Families

Click here to read the article from Wheat Ridge!

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Family Preservation Programs Help to Decrease Foster Care Population

The number of US children in Foster Care has decreased for the sixth year in a row, and the decrease it attributed to family preservation and family reunification programs such as those provided by Lutheran Children and Family Service. Click here to read more.

Refugees Share Stories of New Life In Philadelphia Through Photos

A new exhibition at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Envisioning Home: Perspectives from Philadelphia Refugees, presents 69 photographs by Bhutanese, Burmese and Iraqi refugees that detail their everyday experiences adjusting to life in the U.S. The exhibition opened on July 13 and will be on display until August 27. Click here to read more

Click here for an article from CBS

Ceremony Marks Milestone of Acheivement for Philadelphia Youth Getting Their GED

A little over a year since its re-opening under the new administration of the non-profit Liberty Lutheran Children and Family Service, the E3 Logan Center, one of five in low-income areas in Philadelphia and the only E3 in the Northwest section of the city, graduated 40 young people who have successfully obtained their GED. The graduation ceremony at Moore College of Art will celebrated the achievements of over 100 graduates from all five of Philadelphia’s E3 Centers. Click here to read more

Click here to view a video from 6ABC news!


Olney Senior Program Member Celebrates 100th Birthday

Member of Lutheran Children and Family Service’s Olney Senior Program celebrated the 100th birthday of Onofre “Carlos” Escorpizo. Carlos is a very active and well-liked member, who came to the Program in 1999, at the age of 87, as a volunteer. Click here to read more.



On May 3, 2012, Fayrouz Azer, supervisor of Lutheran Children and Family Service’s (LCFS) Bucks County Family Preservation Program, a service of Liberty Lutheran, accepted the John Thomas Bevivino Award on behalf of the family preservation unit of LCFS. Bucks County Children and Youth Social Services Agency selects one organization to receive the award, which is given yearly in memory of John Bevivino who worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

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BOOST Out of School Programs Participate in Martin Luther King Day Service Projects

 Elementary and middle school BOOST students honored Dr. King's legacy by restoring a garden and repainting classrooms at Shaw Middle School in Philadelphia. High school BOOST students visited with residents at Paul's Run and watched Dr. King's speech. Click here to see more pictures.