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KidsPeace Foster Care Office Moves

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KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs has announced that its Columbia, Maryland, office has moved to a new location. The new address is  5575 Sterrett Place, Suite 200, Columbia, MD 21044, 410-964-9329, toll free 877-266-8460, fax 410-964-9375. This new space will offer more room for parent visits, play areas for children, training and private meetings with families, referral sources and trainees.

KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital Opens Doors to 18-21 Year Olds

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Recognizing  that these difficult economic and political times place increased pressure on young adults, the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital has begun admitting clients in the 18-21 year old range. "It has become very evident over the past 6-9 months that this group of young people needs a place to turn if they experience psychiatric crisis," said Director of Admissions and Marketing Sean Klutinoty. "An adult psychiatric hospital can be a very scary place to this group," Klutinoty added. "KidsPeace has been serving young people since 1882, and we treat all of our clients with care, understanding and respect for their cultures and stages in life."

The KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital is located on the beautiful Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield, PA, only a short distance from all Lehigh Valley Emergency Rooms. The rolling hills and more than 255 acres of peaceful countryside add to the healing environment of the hospital, and our clients respond positively to the modern facilities and highly experienced staff.

KidsPeace offers treatment to for most DSM-IV diagnoses, as well as behavior and emotional issues, but is not equipped to provide detoxification services or to treat medically unstable clients. Referrals come to the hospital from a variety of sources, including hospital emergency rooms, private physicians and psychologists, schools and colleges, and other professionals who understand the level of acuity KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital handles. KidsPeace accepts private insurance or government funded coverage and quickly determines level of payment prior to admission.

For more information or to make a referral to the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital, contact Customer Relations/Admissions at 800-8KID-123 (800-854-3123).


KidsPeace Plans Unique Autumn Ball

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In the Lehigh Valley, KidsPeace has been holding annual autumn balls for 8 years -- formal affairs with sit-down dinners, dancing and auctions of wonderful donated items. This event typically raises a large amount of money for the KidsPeace Children's Fund, which provides necessities and some extras to children in our care. Due to the tough economic times, we are planning a truly unique concept for our Autumn Ball. We are asking our donors to spend December 10th not dressed in gowns and black ties, but with their families and loved ones instead. Here is how it works ...

Make a donation of $200 to KidsPeace and receive coupons to pick up a hot, delicious pizza, a bottle of wine and 6 wonderful cupcakes and stay at home and share the feast with your friends and families. Pizzas will be available from one if 3 locations of Penn Pizza at two locations in Allentown or Rosanna's in Bethlehem; the wine from two Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery locations; and the cupcakes from The Flour Shop in Bethlehem. The ball takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on December 10th, and the children at KidsPeace will be having a pizza party right along with you. Additionally, your gifts to KidsPeace will help provide winter outerwear, toiletries, books and games and holiday gifts to children who will not be able to be home for the holidays, whether in one of our residential centers or in foster care.

Can't afford $200? KidsPeace will gratefully accept donations of any size to bring smiles to the faces of children who, in many cases, have experienced very little kindness in their lives before coming to KidsPeace. For more information, please contact Colleen Kulp at 610-799-7906 or

Enjoy an evening with your family and help the children at KidsPeace at the same time.

KidsPeace CEO on Local Newscast

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KidsPeace President and CEO appeared on the morning news on WFMZ, Channel 69 today to help promote "Kids of Character," a local nonprofit that is promoting instilling character in our children at a grass roots level. Isemann appeared with Gwen Pongracz, founder of the organization to explain  that parents, educators, business leaders, neighbors, community members and all responsible adults are all stakeholders in teaching our children the core values of character, which include:

  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Courtesy
  • Fairness
  • Honesty
  • Kindness
  • Loyalty
  • Perserverance
  • Respect
  • Responsibility.

They advised parents to read books to their children that contain characters who portray values and take responsibility, and to use teachable moments to discuss the topic with older children. Additionally, all adults who interact with children in the community should take responsibility for teaching positive character traits to our future physicians, attorneys, educators and business leaders.

Isemann explained that, at KidsPeace, "All  associates reinforce character attributes to the children we care for in treatment and in our schools. We model character for our kids at all times and provide them with tools that will help them learn to incorporate these attributes into their lives." KidsPeace hosted a conference for Kids of Character at the Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield last month

Pongracz pointed out that character is mandated by "No Child Left Behind," and urged parents to contact their schools to learn how this mandate is being carried out and ask for more character attributes to be incorporated into curricula.

Isemann added that KidsPeace is partnering with Kids of Character because it is the right thing to do as a business and as responsible members of the community and he urged other businesses to support the organization in any way possible.

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