Pennsylvania post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption and guardianship support services available to families who live in Pennsylvania. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption/guardianship support services

The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) offers support groups to any family who has either adopted or has a formal kinship and permanent legal custodianship of children from Pennsylvania's child welfare system. To access support groups and other post permanency services, families should call the toll-free SWAN Helpline at 800-585-7926.

Information on support groups and other resources located throughout the state can be obtained by contacting Together As Parents Inc. at, or by calling 215-256-0669.

In addition, TRAC Services for Families has an extensive adoption and foster care library that includes books, tapes, and articles that are available to the public. For information on TRAC’s library location and hours, how to borrow in-person and by mail, and what they have, call 412-471-8722.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Statewide association

Pennsylvania State Resource Family Association

Parent groups

A Second Chance, Inc.
Location: Pittsburgh

Adoption by Choice
Location: Erie

Adoption Connection, PA
Location: Beaver

Adoption Homestudies Consulting
Location: Harrisburg

Adoption Resource Center, Inc.
Location: Philadelphia

Adoptions From The Heart
Locations: Wynnewood, Allentown, Harrisburg

Affinity Family Support Services
Location: Erie

After Adoption & Parent Srvs for Families
Location: Philadelphia

Apple Corps c/o Children's Aid Home
Location: Somerset

Bethanna, Inc.
Location: Southampton

Bethany Christian Services
Location: Jenkintown

Bethany Christian Services
Location: State College

Bethany Christian Services of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
Location: Wexford

Catholic Charities Adoption Services and Specialized Foster Care
Location: Harrisburg

Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services, Inc.
Location: Erie

Catholic Charities Diocese of Allentown
Location: Reading

Catholic Charities of Greensburg
Location: Greensburg

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburg
Location: Pittsburgh

Catholic Social Services
Location: Philadelphia

Catholic Social Services Diocese of Scranton
Location: Hazleton

Chester County PAS Groups
Location: West Chester

Children's Aid Society in Clearfield County
Location: Clearfield

Children's Home of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh

Children's Home of York, Inc.
Location: York

Children’s Aid Society
Location: Mercer

COBYS Family Services
Location: Leola

Families Caring for Children, Inc.
Location: Nanticoke

Families Like Ours
Group type: LGBTQ+
Location: Wyndmoor

Families Through Adoption
Group type: International adoption
Location: Harrisburg

Family Care Services, Inc.
Location: Chambersburg

Family Pathways
Location: Butler

Gemma Services
Location: Philadelphia and surrounding areas

KidsPeace National Centers (Doylestown)
Locations: Doylestown and Duncansville

Location: Lafayette Hill

Mission Adoption
Location: Coraopolis

National Adoption Center
Location: Philadelphia

New Foundations, Inc.
Location: Philadelphia

Our Children
Location: Maple Glen

Parenting Services for Families and After Adoption
Location: Bala Cynwyd

Philadelphia Family Pride
Location: Springhouse

Philadelphia Resource Parents Association, Inc.
Location: Philadelphia

Pittsburgh Adoption Support Group
Location: Etna

Post Adoption Services - Chester County Department of Children, Youth & Families
Location: West Chester

Pressley Ridge
Location: Lancaster

Project STAR at The Children's Institute and
Location: Monaca

Project STAR/The Children's Institute
Location: Pittsburgh

SA Parents of Delaware Valley
Location: Philadelphia

Tabor Children's Services Inc.
Location: Philadelphia

The Bair Foundation
Location: New Wilmington

The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center
Location: Pittsburg

The Salvation Army Children's Services
Location: Allentown

Together as Adoptive Parents (TAP), Inc.
Location: Harleysville

Welcome House Adoption Program (of Pearl S. Buck International)
Location: Perkasie

Wesley Spectrum Adoption Program
Location: Pittsburg

World Links International Adoption Agency
Location: Scranton