Whether families are created biologically or through adoption, all families and individuals are continually adapting to life’s changing circumstances. While most families deal with similar basic issues, adoptive families can also face issues specific to adoption. The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh has trained Masters’ level counselors who are available to families whose lives have been touched by adoption, whether the adoption took place recently or many years ago. The Children’s Home offers a range of post adoption counseling services, available to members of all families.

Post Permanency Services:

The Adoption Program at The Children’s Home is pleased to announce a new program, which will offer post adoption support services to all of our adoptive families. The program is free of charge, as supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). This new program, called SWAN Post Permanency, aligns perfectly with the Adoption Program’s goal of supporting adoptive families as they grow and develop over the years.

If you are interested in SWAN Post Permanency services, one of our Masters level Adoption Social Workers would visit with you and your family in your home. You and the Social Worker would make decisions about the best kind of help that would address any concerns in your family. The Social Worker would be your advocate for a six-month period of time, supporting you in the manner that would make you most comfortable. The Social Worker may also help you to identify and access resources in the community, such as support groups, family or individual counseling and/or help with school issues.

If you are interested in Post Permanency Services through The Children’s Home, contact Erika Schmitt, Director of Adoption and Permanency Services, at 412-441-4884 or eschmitt@chomepgh.org or you may call the SWAN hotline directly at 1-800-585-SWAN.

Fee-for-Service Post Adoption Counseling:

Family Counseling:

Children understand adoption differently at each stage of their lives, and different questions and issues arise. The Children’s Home offers counseling to parents to support them through answering their child’s questions and can also help children discuss and understand their feelings related to their adoption. The counselor can also help identify and access any additional help their child may need.

Counseling for Adopted Individuals:

For adults who were adopted as infants or children, life’s transitional stages such as going to college, beginning a career, marriage, the birth of a child or coping with an ill parent can bring adoption-related issues to the surface. The Children’s Home provides counseling that can help adopted individuals understand themselves better and gain confidence to move forward with their lives.

Open Adoption Facilitation:

The Children’s Home has been offering open adoption to birth and adoptive families for over 30 years and is prepared to help families navigate their relationships over time. Whether an open adoption is legally enforceable or not, relationships change over time and it is important for everyone involved to be comfortable with those changes. The Children’s Home’s counselors help families find new ways to relate to each other, especially the adoptive child. If there is an open adoption contract in place, the staff can help the family make decisions about whether or not to make formal changes to the contract and can facilitate those changes.

For more information about The Children’s Home’s Adoption Counseling services, contact Erika Schmitt, Director of Adoption and Permanency Services, at 412-441-4884 or eschmitt@chomepgh.org