Meet your Coordinator
Jess and her husband Doug, live in Erie PA with their 7 children ages 2-21. They are foster and adoptive parents and have welcomed more than 10 children into their home over the last 6 years. Some children have stayed forever, while others have moved on. As a family, the Petersons enjoy swimming, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends. Jess is a stay-at-home mom to her fun-loving crew. In addition to welcoming children into her home, Jess has been instrumental in helping run a foster care support and advocacy group in Erie County called Foster Erie. Through working with Foster Erie and her own experiences, Jess has seen an opportunity for the church to play a role in the lives of vulnerable children and families. She believes that the church can be an asset to the crisis that exists in foster care. Jess is excited to spread awareness and provide practical ways for the local church to make a difference.
Here are some great resources in Erie County. Contact the Coordinator for more resources!
Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)
The Christian Alliance for Orphans unites more than 200 respected organizations and 850+ church members. Our joint initiatives inspire and equip Christians to effectively live out the Bible’s call to care for orphans and vulnerable children.
Foster Erie desires to bring foster care awareness to the Erie Community!
The Bair Foundation
The Bair Foundation’s Erie office is here to support you as you take the first step toward becoming a foster parent. Contact us today to learn about foster parenting and the services we provide which include structured intervention treatment foster care, kinship services, adoption services, and foster care services.
North Star Mentoring
North Star Mentoring helps young people with a history of foster care and/or out of home placement to make permanent connections with positive adult role models.
The Erie County Independent Living Program is a contractual and collaborative arrangement between Family Services of NW PA, Bethesda Lutheran Services, and the Erie County Office of Children and Youth (OCY). OCY contracts with both Family Services of NW PA and Bethesda to provide jointly the direct services of the Erie County Independent Living Program (ECILP) to youth aged 14-23.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program offers a unique relationship to children beginning at the age of 6 through young adulthood, matching them with an adult who shares common interests. The role of the volunteer is to be an adult companion, positive role model, friend, listener, instructor, resource, and guide.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program is available in both Erie and Crawford Counties.
Teen Reach Adventure Camp
Teen Reach Adventure Camp, also known as T.R.A.C, is an all-boys and girls summer camp experience that offers hope and encouragement to youth in foster care.