Group Homes are structured community living settings which offer children a neighborhood living situation when they are unable to live at home, but do not require residential care.
Group homes may also serve as a supervised step-down program from a higher level of care.
Friendship House maintains group homes for males ages 9 to 18 years old in Pottsville. These boys attend community schools and participate in community services.
Friendship House endorses a philosophy of collaborative service delivery to adolescents and their families, based on six core principles established by the PA Children and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP). The services provided by Friendship House incorporate a child centered, family focused, community based, multi-system, least restrictive/least intrusive and culturally competent approach to community group living. Other needed services such as education, counseling, medical, dental and mental health services are coordinated by the group home staff and delivered by appropriate community providers.