Transitional Care- An option for birth parents

Transitional Care is a private program in which families care for infants temporarily if birthparents need more time to decide whether to parent or place their infant for adoption. Transitional Care Families are volunteers, who love to care for infants, and work exclusively through The Children's Home of Pittsburgh. Our Transitional Care Program offers emotional protection for the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive families.

About the Transitional Care Program:

  • Transitional Care Families only take care of one infant at a time.
  • Our Transitional Care Families are very experienced in caring for infants. Most Families have raised their own children; other families have been with our program for over 20 years, caring for more than 50 babies in that time. 
  • All families are studied and approved to become Transitional Care Families. Like our Adoption Program, our Transitional Care Program is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Transitional Care Families follow the same approval process as our adoptive families. 
  • While in Transitional Care, birthparents can receive phone calls and/or visit the baby if they choose.
    All of the babies in Transitional Care are also seen monthly by a Pediatrician. 

  • When the time comes for infants to leave Transitional Care, Transitional Care Families will work together with birthparents or adoptive families transition the infant into their permanent home.  

Interested in being a Transitional Care Family at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh? 


  • Must live within the greater Pittsburgh area
  • United States Citizenship
  • One of the Transitional Care parents in the home must be a stay-at-home parent
  • Must own/lease a vehicle and have a valid driver’s license
  • Pennsylvania child abuse history clearances (Act 33)
  • Pennsylvania state police criminal record checks (Act 34)
  • FBI fingerprint background check
  • Transitional Care Families are not looking to add to their family, either through birth or adoption 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Transitional Care Family at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh and you meet the above requirements, contact Joe Ritacco,  Social Worker, at 412-441-4884 ext. 2055 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center 5324 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Phone: 412-441-4884 Fax: 412-441-0167