Upcoming Events

2018 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide Matching Reception

When: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
250 Kalahari Drive
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349

Families are encouraged to pre-register by May 18, 2018, but walk ins will be welcomed. Agency table registration deadline is April 27, 2018. Table space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in table registrations will not be accepted.

To register visit:
www.diakon-swan.org/swan/event/164/. For additional questions, please call the SWAN Helpline at 1.800.585.SWAN.


The Children's Aid Society of Mercer County is having a Matching Event!

When: September 15, 2018

Where: Maple Lane Farm
Mercer, PA 16137

More Information To Come!

Announcing a Diakon Adoption and Foster Care matching event at the Diakon Wilderness Center near Boiling Springs, Pa. Enjoy wilderness-based team building and challenge courses including the center's high ropes course and 50 foot Alpine Tower.

When: Saturday, June 2, 2018

Time: 10:30 am to 3.30 pm
Registration: 10:00 - 10:30 am

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

For Diakon, the wilderness is a place where facing challenges helps youths to grow and succeed in life. Now, the wilderness can be a place where youths and families come together! Our hope is that the team building activities run by our Wilderness Center staff 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 ropes course, though participating in these activities are optional. This event will occur rain or shine!

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.

Online registration is now available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wilderness-center-matching-event-tickets-44433944123. Consents must be signed for everyone participating in the ropes courses. Youth consents must be submitted in advance; families can submit the release ahead of time or sign at the event.

For more information, please contact:
Katie Juliana

HOOPLA! Adoption Awareness and Matching Event

When: Saturday, May 19, 2018

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Riverfront Sports Complex
5 West Olive Plaza
Scranton, PA. 18508

Sponsored by Diakon and the Northeast Training Collaboration, this is a FREE event for anyone considering adoption who has questions about the process and also for licensed families. Older youth waiting for permanency will be on the court honing their basketball skills in a two hour basketball clinic. Agencies will be there to answer questions, and will have pictures and information about children in need of adoption. Refreshments will be provided.

Families, Adoptive Youth, and Agencies are to be registered at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoopla-adoption-awareness-event-tickets-43870253108

Please be aware there is a limited number of spots available for the youth participating in the clinic; child recruiters should register youth ASAP to ensure a reserved spot in the clinic.

Questions? Contact: Marian Kolcun 570-351-9290 kolcunm@diakon.org


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

They are: Emily C02AB74, Mason C06AL38, Sam C06AO80, Destiny C07AA27, Hailey C07AA58, Candy C07AD43, Hector C08AB10, Tara C09AE59, Julia C10AA28, Justin C11AA27, Kai C13AA22, Xzaiver C20AB05, Isaiah C22AA99, Chanel C22CB43, Mick C22CD53, Ngor C25AA85, Crystal C36AA66, Michael C37AA10, Robert C49AB33, James C49AB77, Anastasia C54AA43, Scarlett C56AA48, Tiffany C59AB15, and Chloe C59AB37. 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!!
Please join us for Matching Around the Maypole. Come and learn about children in Pennsylvania who are in need of permanent homes and connections!

When: Friday, May 4, 2018

Time: 5 pm to 8 pm

Where: Children's Home of York Gymnasium
77 Shoe House Road
York, PA 17406

Reservations: Agencies who wish to reserve a table, please register at: https://aprilbupp.typeform.com/to/USgOyp

Approved Resource Families, please RSVP to your caseworker.

Questions? Contact Tammy Weimann tweimann@choyork.org or
April Bupp abupp@choyork.org.

Meet The Kids 2018 Older Youth Matching Events
Hosted by the National Adoption Center and The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network

Saturday, June 9, 2018
New Castle, PA (Western Region)
Camp Agawam
Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
*Registration Now Open!

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Harrisburg, PA (Central Region)

What is an Older Youth Matching Event?
An Older Youth Matching 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. Each Meet the Kids event will have different activities but all will have opportunities for families and youth to engage with one another.

To Register Families and Youth: Visit www.adopt.org (click on Events tab)
*New Castle event registration is now open
*Central PA event registration TBD

Questions? Contact Julie Marks LSW at 267-443-1875 or pateen@adopt.org.
Save the Date:

Presented by Project Star and PATH Ways

Family Game Day Matching Event

Date: August 26, 2018

Where: North Park, Pittsburgh, PA (Western Region)

The event is for waiting youth and prospective families. Stay tuned for more information!


Three Rivers Adoption Council’s Annual Celebration of Families

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018

Time: 11:30AM - 3:00PM

Where: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Agency Table Reservations for the Matching Event
should be made through Kelly Sagel at
ksagel@3riversadopt.org/412-471-8722 x216

Due to space constraints, only 1 table per agency
2 Staff members per agency and their immediate family will receive free admission and lunch.

Agency Tables ONLY can be reserved at this time.
Tom Wolf, Governor / Commonwealth of Pennsylvania