Residential Family Support Services


FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES (FSS) is an innovative and exciting program that provides individualized services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families as determined by the families.  Services may include respite care, habilitation and transportation.


TEMPORARY RESPITE CARE is support provided to individuals in their home, the home of a FSS worker, or licensed community home.  Respite care can be a “home away from home” and may be used on a temporary basis or for extended periods of time.


LIFESHARING THROUGH FAMILY LIVING is a program in which adults with intellectual disabilities share in the joys and responsibilities of family life.  Interested providers are screened by our professionals and then are matched with people who express their wish to live with a family.  The success of this program is evidenced by the fact that some families have been sharing their lives for seven or more years.  This program is licensed by the Bureau of Human Services Licensing.


FOSTER CARE places children with caring, qualified families on a temporary or long-term basis.  Prospective families are matched with children based on capacity and the children’s needs.  Family providers are licensed and receive 6 hours of annual training in child specific topics.  The program is funded by Berks and LancasterCounty Children & Youth Services and is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Services Licensing.


For more information on these services, please contact Debbie Dallago, Residential Services Administrator.