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Connecting individuals and families with valuable resources and information is vital to creating loving and supportive environments for children in need. This page serves as a hub for upcoming events, workshops, and seminars dedicated to adoption and fostering. 

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 20.

We celebrate February birthdays (17-20yrs) for the following older youth: 

Research Study

The Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS) at Penn State is looking for children (ages 4-10) and families in Pennsylvania to participate in an exciting research study about adoption. The data collected may guide future programs for adoptive families by helping to identify influential factors in healthy development. Interested in participating? Fill out the Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study interest form or contact the PALS team at

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Philadelphia DHS Virtual Family Matching Mondays!

Creating or expanding your family through adoption is an enriching and rewarding experience. These informational matching events are for caregivers who are ready to provide a permanent and safe forever home for a child.

  • When: Monday, February 26, 2024
  • Time:6pm - 7pm (EST)
  • Where: Virtual - online platform
  • Registration: Pre-registration will be required, so please watch for more information to come.
  • For more information: contact Lauren Flint at

April 20

17th annual Growing Families Through Adoption Matching and Awareness Event

The Older Child Matching Initiative (OCMI) and SWAN Services division of the Family Support Services at The Children's Institute will host the 17th annual Growing Families Through Adoption Matching and Awareness Event. The event is open to all SWAN affiliates to freely showcase their families looking to adopt and/or their children and adolescents looking for a family. Current certified adoptive families are also encouraged to attend to speak with child and adolescent recruiters in person.

We are excited to announce that our speaker for the day will be Dr. Jamie Brownfield, Mental Health Counselor, High School Transition Counselor and adoptive mom to an adolescent young lady. Being a parent is hard, and no matter the person’s educational background it can be difficult to know what to do in the moment and reply with the “right” response. Dr. Brownfield is hoping to empower families to understand that parents don’t have to be perfect to make an impact on a young person’s life.

  • When: Saturday, April 20, 2024
  • Time: 1pm – 3pm (EST)
  • Where: The Children’s Institute, 1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
  • Have questions or looking for more information? Contact Mandy Somerville at or 412.418.7149

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