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Fiscal Year 2015–16 Closes With a BANG!

Congratulations to the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network!  At the close of state fiscal year 2015–16, we have referred the entire SWAN needs-based budget allocation—and then some!  We have assigned to affiliates county-referred SWAN services worth $35,105,000.  Affiliates referred $797,500 in family profiles, and $3,371,500 were referred for Post-permanency services—all applied to work directly with families and children.  In total, almost $40,000,000 of SWAN services were assigned.  This amounts to a lot of work!

More importantly, these services represent more than 5,000 children and youth who had the opportunity to discuss and get answers to questions like, “Where will I sleep tomorrow night?” and, “What will happen to me if I can’t go back home?”  More than 6,000 youth in Pennsylvania will grow up knowing where they have been and what happened to them.  More than 1,000 children are more likely to find a family because of Child Specific Recruitment; they may be placed with one of the nearly 3,000 families who have come closer to becoming a resource family through a completed family profile.  And for those who are already providing permanency for a child through kinship, adoption or guardianship, these services represent approximately 700 families who might have needed and relied on SWAN Post-permanency services to get through this past fiscal year.

Congratulations and well done to every SWAN participant for your role in moving these children and families forward.  This success resulted from your commitment to permanency and intentional teamwork to advocate daily with “one voice”—promoting SWAN services as an important way to help provide more youth with a place to call home.

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Published: July 19, 2016

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