The Harvest of Hope staff is unique in that many have been foster or adoptive parents themselves - with experience appropriate to the family services task. The staff includes bi-lingual (Spanish and English) members who possess a combination of practical, professional and academic credentials.
With permanent homes for children the ultimate goal, Harvest of Hope has developed capacity to coordinate, facilitate, monitor and evaluate intense visitation sessions between birth parents and their children with the intent of reunification.
The staff members and volunteers in the Harvest of Hope network provide safe, nurturing environments where birth parents have every opportunity to bond with their children, and foster parents have every opportunity to adopt.
Our Management Team
Maureen E. Archibald, MSW, LSW
Stacey Puleio MA, CSW
M. Donna Soaries
Our retention team is responsible for assisting DYFS with the placement of foster children, supporting foster parents through regular contact, i.e., home visits and telephone calls, and facilitate reunification visits for children with their biological families. The retention team is available to answer foster parents’ questions and to assist them in the coordination and resolution of problems and concerns, identifying childcare providers, obtaining respite and counseling services and other resources as necessary.
Our recruitment team is primarily responsible for building a relational network that will increase recruitment and marketing opportunities and licensed foster homes. Our team manages all recruitment work in regional locations and has the liberty of recruitment throughout the state when opportunities become available. Our recruitment team is responsible for assisting DYFS with the placement of foster children, supporting foster parents through regular contact, i.e., home visits and telephone calls and facilitate reunification visits for children with their biological families. The recruitment team is available to answer foster parents’ questions and to assist them in the coordination and resolution of problems and concerns, identifying childcare providers, obtaining respite and counseling services and other resources as necessary.
Training and Home Study Team
Our training team is responsible for facilitating the mandatory P.R.I.D.E. (Parent's Resources Information Development Education) training curriculum with each new applicant, married, widowed, single or divorced. This process commences with orientation and training invitations, the maintenance of attendance records and support to the applicants through the completion of the process. The training team manages the initial assessment of family functioning in the training process. The training team initiates the application process including background checks and all required references through the coordination of efforts with the applicant and the processing department. The PRIDE training concludes with a graduation exercise and the awarding of official certificates.
During the home study process our team is responsible for completing the SAFE process (Structured Analysis Family Evaluation) and a psychosocial evaluation in addition to at least 3 home visits. SAFE and the psychosocial involve information gathering using set questionnaires, interviews, assessment guides, references and a home study report to assist in the development of a clear focus on individual and family functioning. The purpose of the home study, SAFE and the psychosocial evaluation is to evaluate the overall ability of the family to parent; including motivation, strengths, limitations, needs and characteristics of children they might best parent. Successful completion of this process concludes with the receipt of a Resource Home License. Granted by the Department of Children and Families - Resource Family Home Licensing, Trenton, NJ.