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.

It is the philosophy of The Children’s Home’s SWAN program to continually evaluate how many new foster/adoptive families we can bring in to our program at a time.  At the present time, beginning after our Aug 9, 2018 information session, we will be temporarily unable to bring in any new families, due to the large amount of families currently coming through our program and wanting to ensure that each family receives the support necessary during this process.  While informational meetings for families interested in adopting from foster care is the first step of the process, we have no scheduled meetings at the present time.  If you would like an information packet and to be contacted as soon as the next informational meeting is scheduled, please contact Melanie Garbark or call 412-441-4884.  If you would like general information on our program or the adoption from foster care process, please email swanservices@chomepgh.org or call 412-441-4884 and ask to speak with a social worker about adopting from foster care.

To learn more about adoption from foster care in Pennsylvania and view waiting children, please visit: http://www.adoptpakids.org/.