Our Child and Family Services focus on strengthening and preserving families. Our staff work together with birth, foster and adoptive families to ensure children are provided with a safe, secure and nurturing environment. Our priority is to prevent the removal of children from their birth families. If that becomes necessary for the safety and wellbeing of a child, we provide a welcoming foster home for the child with extensive supports for both the child and foster family, and we strive to strengthen the birth family in an effort to reunite them with their child. When that is not possible, we offer full adoption services so that children may find a loving, stable home.
Our services include
- Foster Care
- Respite care for foster parents
- Caregiver support for families providing informal foster care
- In-Home Family Preservation
- Wraparound services for families with medically fragile children
- Pregnancy support with a trained doula
We have extensive experience working with foster children who have extensive medical needs. In addition, our clinical staff receive ongoing training and/or have experience in the following areas.
- Children who have experienced multiple out-of-home placements
- Children struggling with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community
- Children who have an autism spectrum diagnosis
- Trauma-informed care
A foster parent looks just like you!
Every Child welcomes a variety of families—single-parent families, two-parent families, same-sex families, working families, stay-at-home families, and families with children already in the home.
Foster care provides safe, loving homes for children and youth of all ages who have been temporarily removed from their birth homes. Our foster families are vital partners in providing care, support and a safe, nurturing environment for the children placed with them. Our foster care program certifies foster homes, trains foster parents, monitors the health and wellness of children placed in them, and supports foster families as they care for the children. Our goal is to assist in reunifying these children with their family of origin whenever possible. When that is not possible, we help find children a permanent home.
We are experienced in placing youth who need specialized foster care due to medical conditions, developmental disabilities or behavioral challenges. In addition, we are trained to address the needs of youth in the LGBTQ community.
Interested in helping youth in foster care but are unable to foster a child? You can serve as a resource parent and provide respite care, which enables foster parents to have a much needed break while you care for a child for a few hours. You can also help meet the extensive transportation needs of foster children by driving them to appointments, visitations with birth families, and extra-curricular activities.
For more information about becoming a foster parent or helping to provide respite care or transportation assistance, please Contact Us or call 412-665-0600 and ask for our Recruitment Specialist.
There are over 2,500 children in Pennsylvania’s child welfare system who need permanent homes.
Through our Adoption and Matching Services, your family will have the opportunity to learn about the children awaiting permanent homes. Our matching specialist will work with you to determine whether you may be a good fit for a particular child and able to care for the child’s unique needs.
Every Child is an affiliate agency of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), which serves children in the custody of county children and youth agencies. Our SWAN program provides services, free of charge, to families who have provided permanency through adoption, formal kinship or legal guardianship. We assist the family to identify strengths, establish goals and locate community resources for ongoing support.
For more information about adopting a child, please Contact Us or call 412-665-0600 and ask for our Matching Specialist.
In-Home Family Preservation Services
Every Child provides in-home services to families involved with the Allegheny County Department of Children, Youth and Family Services. Services can include parenting education, home management, budgeting, pregnancy support with trained doula, and making links to community resources such as food banks, utility assistance programs, family support centers and mental health counseling. Every Child often works with families who have one or more children at imminent risk of out-of-home placement in order to preserve a safe and stable family setting. We also work with families who are in crisis after a child has been moved to an out-of-home placement. We strive to stabilize the family so that the child may be returned to their care.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-665-0600 and ask for In-Home Family Preservation.
Medically Fragile Wraparound
Services last for three months and include weekly home visits that address:
- Where to find information about your child’s medical condition;
- What your child’s treatment will look like;
- How to deal with things that worry you about your child’s health and how to talk with the doctor about it;
- The best ways to keep track of your child’s medicine and any symptoms;
- How to get in touch with a specialist to schedule appointments for your child;
- How to talk with your child’s school about the diagnosis.
Pregnancy Support with Trained Doula
Our Pregnancy Support with Trained Doula program offers intensive, individualized pregnancy and postpartum support to mothers of all ages, improving maternal and infant physical and mental health for the long-term benefit of both mother and child. Mothers in our program are significantly less likely to have a low-birth weight baby, significantly more likely to carry their baby to term, and experience much lower rates of C-section childbirth. Our program helps improve maternal nutrition and provides depression screening and treatment as well as improving infant immunization rates, among other outcomes.
A doula is a trained labor support person who provides a pregnant women and her partner with continuous emotional support, physical comfort, and assistance in obtaining information before, during and after childbirth. Our program combines the work of the doula with help with anxiety and perinatal depression, and support linking women to community resources, aftercare providers, and a variety of additional assistance through regular in-home visits.
For more information, please call us at 412-665-0600 and ask to speak to a Family Preservation supervisor.
This program is funded in part by the generous support of the Jefferson Regional Foundation and the Henry H. Hillman Foundation.
Services will include weekly home visits that address:
- How to deal with the things that worry you and how to talk to your doctor about them;
- What childbirth will be like;
- Where to find baby items, such as car seats, cribs, clothing, formula and diapers;
- What you would like to happen at the hospital when you delivery your baby;
- What the difference are between breast-feeding and formula feeding; and
- What services are available for you and your baby.