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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 Adoptive and Foster Mom Group Foster/Adoptive Moms Yes, Free Yes None Peer Support Grove City First Thursday of the Month Elizabeth Weekes
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) Elizabeth Weekes
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Adopted Tween Group 4th–7th Grade No Yes None Peer Support Wexford Third Tuesday of the month Elizabeth Weekes
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Adopted Teen Group 8th–12th Grade No Yes None Peer Support Wexford Third Saturday of the month Elizabeth Weekes
Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania Support Groups — Adult and Teen All members of the family Yes Post - Perm f unding Post - Perm f unding Educational, Peer Support Harleyville Third Thursday of the month 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sandra Moore
Bethany Christian Services, USA, Pittsburgh Parenting Traumatized Children Families Yes, Free Yes None Educational Varies Every other week for three months Elizabeth Weekes
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 March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, and May 12 6–8 p.m. 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 Foster, Adoptive and Kinship families Yes Post-Perm Funding Educational, Peer Support Mercer Last Thursday of the month 5:30–8 p.m. Heather Alt
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
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 Kristina Gibson
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. Staci Fattore
Families Caring for Children, Inc. Parent Support Group Possibly Youth Group Adoptive, families providing permanency No Post-Perm Funding Peer Support Lackawanna County Barbara Herring
Families United Network, Inc. Support Group Erin Howard
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. Rachel Beals
ABS Lincs VA d/b/a First Home Care Support Group Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Families N/A N/A Post-Perm Funding Educational, Peer Support Virtual/Online First Wednesday of the month 12–1 p.m. Komil Ghauri
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
Loftus-Vergari Support Group Foster, Adoptive, Kinship, Waiting Families Yes, Free No Post-Perm Funding & Foster Care Funding Educational, Peer Support Wilkes-Barre Third Tuesday of the month 6–7:30 p.m. Ndehia Garnett
Northeast Treatment Centers Creative Expressions Foster or Adoptive Teens No Yes Post-Perm Funding Art, Educational, Peer Support Philadelphia Thursdays Liz Mehaffey
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
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. Edward Berrios
Three Rivers Adoption Council (TRAC) Mission Adoption Support All connected to child welfare system Yes, Donation Yes $20/year suggested donation Educational, Peer Support Allegheny County Second Friday of the month Sept.–May Edward Berrios
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
Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania Adoptive and Foster Mom Group, Teen Guys Group, Teen Girls Group Foster Moms, Teen Girls, Teen Guys Yes Yes Free Peer Support Various locations Various times Sylvia Bekele