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SWAN Affiliate Support Groups

Affiliate Support Group Description Participants Childcare Access Fees Group Type Where When Contact
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Adopted Tween Group 4th–7th Grade No Yes None Peer Support Wexford Third Tuesday of the month Elizabeth Weekes
Catholic Social Services Diocese of Scranton Support Group Catholic Social Services, Diocese of Scranton Marcie Rabinowitz
Children's Aid Society of Franklin County, The Support Group Adoptive, Families providing permanency No Yess Post-Perm Funding Peer Support Chambersburg Second Thursday of the month Stacy Gutshall
Children's Aid Society of Mercer County Support Group — Teen Adopted teens No Yes Post-Perm Funding Group Prep Activities, Peer Support Mercer Once a month Heather Alt
Families United Network, Inc. Support Group Erin Howard
Jewish Family Services of Greater Harrisburg, Inc. AdoptionLinks Support Group Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Waiting Families Yes, Free Yes Post-Perm Funding Educational, Peer Support Harrisburg First Thursday of the month Rachel Kuhr
The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh/Project Star Mission Adoption Support All Families Educational, Peer Support McKees Rocks Second Friday of the Month (Sept.–May) Debra Henry
Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries York/Mechanicsburg Support Group Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Waiting Families Yes, Free Yes Post-Perm Funding Educational, Peer Support York SecondTuesday of the month Denise Roe
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Adoptive and Foster Support Group Foster/Adoptive Families N/A N/A None Peer Support virtual Second Tuesday of the Month Jessica Setta
Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries-Topton Post-Permanency Support Group Any Resource or Permanency Family Yes Yes None Educational, Peer Support Wyomissing, PA Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00pm Christine Smith Hoh
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Adopted Teen Group 9th–12th Grade No Yes None Peer Support Wexford Third Saturday of the month Maureen Ticich
Families Caring for Children, Inc. Parent Support Group Adoptive, families providing permanency No Post-Perm Funding Peer Support Lackawanna County Barbara Herring
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Transracial Adoption Support Group Families considering or having completed transracial adoption Yes, Free Yes None Peer Support Wexford 5 times a year (Sept. – May) Maureen Ticich
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Parenting Traumatized Children Families Yes, Free Yes None Educational Varies Every other week for three months Maureen Ticich
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh ADOPTS Support Group Parents and Teens Educational, Peer Support New Beginnings Church of God - 13226 Leslie Road Meadville, PA 16335 Contact for Details Maureen Ticich
COBYS Family Services Family Nurturing Education & Support Program 24-hour program designed to nurture and support parents and their children through guided play, modeling, and the presentation and practice of nurturing, sensitive, and competent parenting strategies. Parents and their children None Free One 2-hour session a week for 12 weeks Mary Sorber
Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries-Topton Post-Permanency Support Group Any resource or Permanency family Yes, Free Yes None Educational, Peer Support Mt. Bethel Third Monday of the month 6:30–8 p.m. Michelle Koontz
Family Pathways Support Group Foster, Adoptive, Kinship Yes, Free Yes Post-Perm Funding (dinner included) Educational, Peer Support Butler Various days, 5–6 p.m. Lindsey Snow
Northeast Treatment Centers Creative Expressions Foster or Adoptive Teens No Yes Post-Perm Funding Art, Educational, Peer Support Philadelphia Thursdays Caterina Gallelli
Three Rivers Adoption Council (TRAC) Chat N Chill Can be topic driven at times, small breakout groups on specific topics, dinner and children’s programing also provided Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Waiting Families Yes, Free Yes Post-Perm Funding or Donation at family's discretion Educational, Peer Support East Liberty One Monday a month Sept.–April 6–8 p.m. Kelly Ryan-Schmidt
Children's Aid Society of Mercer County Support Group Foster, Adoptive and Kinship families Yes Post-Perm Funding Educational, Peer Support Mercer 4th Thursday of the month 5:30–8 p.m. Heather Alt
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Adopted Child Group 2nd - 4th grade No Yes None Peer Support Wexford Third Saturday of the month Maureen Ticich
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Post Permanency Support Group Foster/Adoptive Mothers N/A N/A None Peer Support McKean, PA Meeting the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 Terry Hough
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Post Permanency Support Group Adopted Teens N/A N/A None Peer Support Meadville, PA meeting the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-12pm Jessica Setta
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Post Permanency Support Group Adopted Teens N/A N/A None Peer Support Meadville, PA meeting the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 Jessica Setta
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Post Permanency Support Group Adoptive Familes N/A N/A None Peer Support online Second Tuesday of the Month at 8:15 Jessica Setta
Catholic Social Services Diocese of Scranton Resource Family Support Group Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families Mainly Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Yes (Must be potty trained) None Educational, Peer Support 33 East Northampton Street, Wilkes Barre 2nd Monday of each month, from 6-7:30 p.m Joan Gower
Community Services Group, Inc. Support Group Adoptive, Families providing permanency No Yes Post-Perm Funding or $15 per group - Dinner included Peer Support Williamsport - 1000 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 110 Williamsport, PA 17701 Third Monday of the month 5:30–7:30 pm Tammy Blymire
Families Caring for Children, Inc. Youth Support Group 4-8 year old adopted children Post-Perm Funding Peer Support Lehigh County 6-8 times a year Barbara Herring
Families Caring for Children, Inc. Youth Support Group Adopted Pre-Teens Post-Perm Funding Peer Support Lehigh County 6-8 times a year Barbara Herring
Families Caring for Children, Inc. Youth Support Group Adopted Teens Post-Perm Funding Peer Support Lehigh County 6-8 times a year Barbara Herring
Loftus-Vergari Support Group This is an innovative resource parent’s group that combines both face to face and virtual meeting simultaneously. It’s held in a reserved setting were brunch is served and relevant issues/trainings are discussed in a supportive environment. Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Waiting Families N/A Yes Post-Perm Funding & Foster Care Funding Educational, Peer Support Wilkes-Barre Third Tuesday of the month 10:30am-12:30pm Cynara Wattley-Liburd
Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania Family Group Families impacted by adoption Yes Peer Support Evangelical Free Church of Hershey 330 Hilltop Rd. Hummelstown Second Tuesday from October-April 6-8pm August Ney
Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania Teen Guy Group Join us for the opportunity to meet other adopted teen guys. Adopted teen guys Peer Support Calvary Church - West entrance 1051 Landis Valley Rd. Lancaster First Thursday of the Month 6:30-8:00 Jason Lehman
Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania Teen Girls Group Love art work and talking with other girls? Come and join our adoptive girls group. Adopted teen girls Peer Support Calvary Church - West entrance 1051 Landis Valley Rd. Lancaster First Thursday of the Month 7-8:30pm Patience Buckwalter
Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania Family Support Group Connect with a wider adoption community Adoptive Families Yes Educational, Peer Support Calvary Church - West entrance 1051 Landis Valley Rd. Lancaster 2nd Thursday of the Month 6:30-8pm; pizza serviced from 5:45-6:15 Patience Buckwalter