Upcoming Events

The Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) and Independent Living Services (IL) will sponsor a Matching Reception.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

TIME: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: The Penn Stater
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803

Matching events introduce prospective and approved adoptive families to workers who promote children waiting for permanency. County caseworkers and affiliate workers who conduct child-specific recruitment will be available to speak directly to families about waiting children. Families will learn more about individual children in Pennsylvania who are in need of permanent homes.

Families should pre-register by January 15, 2020. Please visit https://www.diakon-swan.org/swan/event/247/ for additional information about a Family Registration Form and Guide.

Questions? Families may reach out directly to the SWAN Helpline via telephone (800) 585-7926 or email swanhelpline@diakon-swan.org.


The Bair Foundation's Sweet Treats Adoption Matching Event.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

TIME: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

WHERE: Orchard Hill Church
2551 Brandt School Road
Wexford, PA 15090

Waiting Families, Waiting Youth, and Agencies, come interact, engage in crafts & games, and enjoy some “Sweet Treats”.

Who Should Attend:
Approved foster & adoptive families
Agency workers & waiting youth
Agency representatives (table displays)

New This Year:
*We are featuring a Relaxation Station-for anyone who wants to take a break and engage in a sensory friendly environment.

*Autism Connection of PA will have a booth and be available to talk with waiting families about caring for youth on the spectrum and resources available to them

Please RSVP for the event by 2/18/20 by having your worker complete the registration form and e-mailing it to sweettreats@bair.org

Looking forward to an evening of connection making!

Consider adopting older youth. In Pennsylvania, youth can remain in foster care until the age of 21. Many of the matching events listed on this page provide families with opportunities to meet older youth in care who are in need of permanency. Even though many of these youth are on their way to young adulthood, they continue to need permanent connections and a family to support, love and care for them. To learn more about this group of older youth please visit the Waiting Children section, and use the Search Kids tool and search by age range 17 to 21.

We celebrate upcoming birthdays for: Roo C03AA21, Dylan C10AA43, Abbie C21AA22, Cayden C36AB51, and Wyitt C48AD16.
Coming Up...

Older Youth Matching Events

Philadelphia, PA - March 7, 2020
Pittsburgh, PA - June 6, 2020
Harrisburg, PA - To be Announced

Join us for fun, interactive events where prospective adoptive families and youth (12 and up) can connect with one another. Only families with an approved home study/family profile are eligible to attend.

All registrations will be available at www.adopt.org

Please contact Naomi Goldberg at pateen@adopt.org for additional information.
Tom Wolf, Governor / Commonwealth of Pennsylvania