There are over 800 children awaiting adoption through Pennsylvania’s Foster Care System. If you think you have interest in this type of adoption, our trained staff can discuss this option with you and find situations that would fit with your family’s needs. Whether adopting an older child, a child with special emotional or medical needs, or a sibling group, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is here to help you navigate this process and support you at each step of the way.Please note that although the children awaiting adoption in Pennsylvania are of all ages, the majority of children are ages 6 and older, and have a variety of needs resulting from a history of physical or sexual abuse or neglect.

How does the process begin?

If you decide to pursue adoption from foster care with the help of The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, the first step is to attend an orientation meeting. At this meeting you will meet with an Adoption Social Worker and be given a detailed overview of the process. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns that you might have. If you decide to proceed, you will be assigned a social worker who will guide and support you as you move through training, completion of your family profile (home study), and the matching and placement process.

What is the fee to adopt from foster care?

The adoption of children from foster care in Pennsylvania is largely subsidized through Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). In most cases there is little to no cost for adoptive families.

What is SWAN?

In Pennsylvania, adoption from the foster care system is often referred to as adoption through SWAN which is the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network. SWAN is a collaborative effort made up of private adoption agencies, county children & youth agencies, juvenile court judges, foster and adoptive parents, and the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange. All members of the network work together on behalf of children in the custody of county children & youth agencies in order to expedite permanency services such as adoption.

If you would like more information on adoption from foster care or would like a packet sent to you, please contact our Adoption Program at 412-441-4884 or

Informational meetings for families interested in adopting from foster care will be held monthly on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (Please note: June 7th is the first Thursday of the month). Please see the flyer for the rest of 2017 dates and the flyer for 2018 dates below . RSVP to Melanie Garbark or call 412-441-4884.

To learn more about adoption from foster care in Pennsylvania and view waiting children, please visit:

Orientation Flyer 2018