Upcoming Events
Join us for a fun evening with the Altoona Curve Baseball Club. Experienced foster and adoptive families and workers will be there to share information and answer questions about how you can bring hope to children in need.

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019

TIME: 6:00PM

WHERE: People's Natural Gas Field
Altoona, PA

For more information please contact Melanie Gresko at 1-800-KID-5928 or via email at melanie.gresko@adelphoi.org
Save the Date
Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County Matching Event

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2019

WHERE: Maple Lane Farm
Mercer, PA

More information to come!

Upcoming Foster Care Recruitment Event

When: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Where: Ritz Theatre
111 E. Market Street
Clearfield, PA 16830

Description: Enjoy a free showing of Instant Family and have the opportunity to meet and talk with current foster families and foster care agencies in Clearfield County. Enjoy free popcorn and drinks! Enter to win giveaway baskets! Receive free information!

For More Information contact:
Shannon Kelly
Phone #: (814) 765-2686 ext. 204
Email Address: fostercare@childaid.org

Diakon Adoption and Foster Care Presents Family Fun Fest For Foster Care Awareness

When: May 18, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. -2 p.m.

Where : Diakon Adoption & Foster Care
1 S. Home Ave.
Topton, PA 19562

Description: Please join us for our "Family Fun Fest for Foster Care Awareness" as a way to spread awareness, celebrate our children and families, as well as recruit new foster families. Plan to walk around to the different food trucks and vendors, while participating in games with prizes, dance to the music & be amused by performances/entertainers. Information tables will be available to those who would like to gather more information on becoming a resource parent and services offered to support our families!

For More Information:
Name of person: Kristina Taylor, Family Support Specialist
Phone#: (610)-682-1295
Email Address: taylork@diakon.org

Please join us at the HOOPLA! Adoption Awareness Event, sponsored by Diakon Adoption & Foster Care.

Families, spend the evening having your questions about adoption answered! Families and workers, take advantage of having your Waiting Foster Youth and their Foster Siblings age 10 and over improve their basketball skills during a free 2-hour basketball training session!

When: Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Time: 5:30PM-7:30PM

Where: Backcourt Hoops
Riverfront Sports Complex
5 West Olive Plaza
Scranton, PA 18508

Contact: Marian Kolcun at 570-351-9290 or via email kolcunm@diakon.org
Families are asked to kindly register. Children must be registered in advance and have a release signed to play basketball. Releases will be available onsite and through a Google Groups announcement. Registered children will be offered individualized training from the experienced staff of Backcourt Hoops.

This is a FREE event. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
We invite licensed families and waiting youth to join us for a fun day of interactive activities . We plan to promote connections between youth and families by creating opportunities for natural interaction with guided activities. Our hope is that this will decrease the stress of meeting new people and allow youth and families to be themselves and have fun! There will be opportunities to try both the low and high rope courses. This event will occur rain or shine.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019

TIME: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

WHERE: Diakon Wilderness Center
571 Mountain Road
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

This matching event is best for waiting youth age 12 and up and families open to this age group. We will be focusing on the youth and families present and will not have agency display tables. Due to the nature of the event, we are unable to extend registration to biological or adopted children.

Please note that you will be contacted upon registration with a release form that must be signed to participate in the rope courses and a request to send your child or family flyer. These will be provided at the end of the event to the families and child workers.

If you are registering a waiting youth, please also register yourself and/or the individual who will be staying with the youth separately as an agency caseworker.

Registration will close at 11:30 pm on May 21, 2019

Questions? Please contact Katie Juliana at 717-795-0479 or julianak@diakon.org


UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS!!!!!

We have a group of teens who will turn 18 soon and are anxious to have a family adopt them.

They are: Andrew C01AA44, Summer C01AA84, Cash C01AA89, Tamar C02AB43, Bruce C03AA15, Lawrence C05AA21, Joey C06AQ45, Debby C06AS31, Ashley C06AS46, Joel C06AE30, Robert C07AD52, Stephen C10AA42, James C10AA30, Vanessa C11AB10, Andrew C13AA24, Zachary C15AB69, Cat C17AA22, Ricardo C22CC54, Natalie C22CC90, Evan C22CD67, Derek C25AA96,Melinda C25AB13, Shareea C28AB09, Jeremiah C32AA34, Ryan C39AD53, Joseph C39AD66, Maggie C40AA41, Lorelei C48AB79, Bianca C48AC16, Khagene C51CP52, Austin C51CO28, Nyx C56AA67, Alexa C56AA10 and Adonia C63AA49. They won't be children much longer, but they will always need a family.

Is there a place in your home for them?

Read more about these teens in the Photo Album. Using the Search feature, type in the ID number to find their page.

Make their next birthday a REALLY BIG CELEBRATION!!
Monroe County Bowl-A-Thon

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019

TIME: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: Skylanes Bowling Center
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

This event is open to the public as well as anyone interested in learning more about foster care and adoption. Our mission is to raise awareness about the number of children in foster care locally, in PA and in the US. Hear from foster and adoptive families. Bowlers should pre-register, but walk ins will also be welcomed. For more information contact Diane Rogers (570) 420-3590 ext. 3253 or e-mail @ DRogers@monroecountypa.gov

In celebration of National Foster Care Month, SafeGuards Foster Care is presenting a special free viewing of the movie, "The Blind Side."

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019

TIME: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

WHERE: The Kutztown Strand
32 N. White Oak Street
Kutztown, PA 19530

This event is open to the public. There will be a guest speaker to talk about growing up in foster care and what you can do to make a difference in the life of foster children. Also, please enjoy free concessions, giveaways and raffles. Seating is limited.

RSVP by calling Jennifer M at 610-372-1484, ext. 119 or by email at jmongi@rsots.com
SkyZone Superhero Night

Please join Community Services Group at our FREE community event to promote awareness of foster care, adoption, and mental health.

WHEN : Tuesday, May 14, 2019

TIME: 7-8 pm

WHERE: Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park
95 Gateway Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Adoption and Permanency Specialists and Mental Health Professionals will be available to provide information and to answer any questions you may have.

The first 150 jumpers to register will receive free Sky Zone admission (Mechanicsburg, PA). Bring the whole family along, and be prepared for a fun evening of jumping!

Register today on eventbrite to secure your passes! Space is limited.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sky-zone-superhero-night-tickets-59125303374

Please contact Alia Husmann, Adoption and Permanency Assistant Program Director with any questions at (717) 920-9434 ext. 10262 or husmanna@csgonline.org

Spring Into Foster Care Awareness Event

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2019

TIME: 11am-2pm

WHERE : The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center
5324 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Please join us to “spring into foster care.” Individuals and families are welcome to join us at The Children’s Home to celebrate spring and learn more about the need to provide permanency for children in foster care through foster care and adoption. Information will be available on children in foster care and on the process of fostering and adopting a child from foster care. There will also be free food, live music, crafts and activities for children, cookie decorating and door prizes!

For more information, please contact:
Erika Schmitt
412-441-4884 X 2066
eschmitt@chomepgh.org

SWAN Older Youth Western PA Match Event

What is an Older Youth Match Event?
An Older Youth Match Event is a fun, interactive day where prospective adoptive families and youth (12 and up) in need of a permanent home can connect with one another. Only families with an approved home study/family profile are eligible to attend.

WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 2019

TIME: 10:00am - 4:00pm

WHERE: New Castle, PA

Registration opens April 8th at www.adopt.org

For more information please contact Julie Marks, MSW, at 267-443-1875 or pateen@adopt.org
Save the Date:

SWAN/IL Summer Statewide Matching Reception

When: Tuesday June 11, 2019

Where: Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Poconos PA (Monroe County)

Prospective adoptive families, agencies, and youth waiting for permanency will have the chance to attend. Other details will be forthcoming in the upcoming months.


The Children's Home of Reading
Children In Need Foster Care Crisis - Discover How Foster Care Can Fit Into Your Family

WHEN: Thursday, May 23, 2019

TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

WHERE: Calvary Reformed Church
640 Centre Avenue
Reading, PA

Presentation Panel:
Representatives. from the PA Adoption Exchange, Rep(s) from PA's Youth Advisory Board, CHOR Foster Parent - highlighting the critical need for more resource homes in our community, especially homes for older youth and sibling groups.

Moderator:
Sandy Schreffler, SFC Recruitment Supervisor for The Children's Home of Reading

Learn about the traumas children and youth may experience in foster care, as well as the moves children and youth in out-of home care experience.

RSVP's are appreciated. To RESVP or for further information, call 610-478-8266, #383.

Following the Presentation will be activities for children and a popcorn bar and light refreshments.
 
Tom Wolf, Governor / Commonwealth of Pennsylvania