Erika G. Schmitt

MSW, LSW, Director of Adoption and Permanency Services

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As Director of Adoption and Permanency Services, Erika is responsible for overseeing all functions of the full service Infant Adoption Program, State Wide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) program, and county foster care placement services. She is a Management Team member at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family…

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Ranisa Davidson

Ed.M., Adoption Social Worker

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Ranisa has worked at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center for the past seven years as a Birthparent Counselor and has recently taken on the role of Adoptive Family Studies Worker. Ranisa provides education and counseling to families who are facing unplanned pregnancies, while working with adoptive…

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Melanie Garbark

BA, SWAN Program Assistant

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Melanie began working in the Adoption Program at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center in November 2016. As the SWAN Program Assistant, Melanie handles the administrative duties for our SWAN Program. She is also the proud parent of a daughter who was adopted from foster care. Melanie…

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Jodi Horn

B.S., Adoption Program Assistant

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Jodi began working in the Adoption Program at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center in January 2014. As the Adoption Program Assistant, Jodi handles the administrative duties in the Adoption Program, including the preparation of legal documents. Jodi also communicates with Adoptive Families about the adoption process…

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Brittany Kline

MSW, LSW, Adoption Social Worker

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Brittany began working at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center in May of 2015 as an Adoption Social Worker. Brittany focuses on preparing children for permanency by delivering Child Preparation and Child Profile units of service through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Prior to this…

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Lauren K. Kyle

Permanency Social Worker

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Lauren began working at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center in March of 2018 as a Permanency Social Worker.  Lauren focuses on preparing families to adopt children from the foster care system by providing the Family Profile, Placement, and Finalization units of service through the State Wide…

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Amanda Lowe

BS, SWAN Program Coordinator

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Amanda is the SWAN Program Coordinator at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center.  She oversees all the SWAN Units of Service, provides clinical supervision to all SWAN staff, and provides direct SWAN services to children and families.  Prior to working at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, Amanda…

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Joe Ritacco

MS, LPC, Adoption Social Worker

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For the last 14 years, Joe has provided social work services to Transitional Care families, while overseeing all of the medical and developmental services for each Transitional Care infant, at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center. Joe conducts adoptive family studies and recruits adoptive families for special…

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Kristin M. Thompson

MSW, Adoption Social Worker

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Kristin began working at The Children's Home of Pittsburgh in 1988 and spent over half of her career here as a Birthparent Counselor. Her long history at The Children's Home also includes 8 years as the Director of Adoption. Currently she serves as The Children's Home's Authorized Representative for Search…

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Erin Schmidt

Permanency Social Worker

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Erin began working at The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center in July of 2019 as a Permanency Social Worker. Erin working with the SWAN program and focuses on providing the Child Specific Recruitment unit of service which is used to help children in foster care find permanent…

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