Adopt PA Kids

​Upcoming SWAN Events

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.

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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.

Birthdays

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

Events

Tuesday, June 18
2024 SWAN/Independent Living Services (IL) Statewide Matching Reception

The Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) and Independent Living Services (IL) will sponsor a Matching Reception on June 18, 2024, held at The Kalahari Resorts. The Matching Reception is a great way to introduce prospective and approved adoptive families to county caseworkers and affiliate workers conducting child-specific recruitment. It’s a prime opportunity to showcase children directly to families and the agencies representing them. For families: Before attending the event, discuss with your worker any changes that may be needed to the special needs or characteristics sections in your Resource Family Application Registration/Update Form (CY131) and any changes to waiting child characteristics you may consider for your family. We encourage pre-registration by June 11, 2024; however, walk-in registrations are welcome. On-site registration, check-in and refreshments will be available at 5:00 p.m. on June 18, 2024. To access frequently asked questions, please view our Guide for Families

  • When: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
  • Time: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions (Salons A,B,G,H); 250 Kalahari Boulevard, Pocono Manor, PA 18349 
  • Family Registration: Register here
  • For more information: Contact the SWAN Helpline at (800) 585-7926 or by email at swanhelpline@diakon-swan.org 
  • For affiliates: The agency table registration deadline is June 11, 2024. Table space is limited. Walk-in table registrations will not be accepted. You must provide a valid email address to receive confirmation of your registration. If you do not receive a confirmation, your table is not reserved. For more information, contact PAE at pae@diakon-swan.org

Thursday, June 20
More Than a Glance: An Inquiry Hour with Mazi

Recruitment Workers and Family Matching Workers are invited to join Mazi for an open house style "Inquiry Hour”, where we will showcase and share "More Than a Glance" about the families and children recruited for by our agency! Families, please note that this event is professionals only, but feel free to share with your workers the information about this event and request that they join to represent your family!

  • When: Thursday, June 20, 2024
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Online platform via Teams Workers can email Connie Orkin at connie@maziadoption.org to gain meeting information
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Wednesday, June 24, 2024
Philadelphia DHS Virtual Family Matching Event

This virtual event will allow prospective families to learn more about youth in Philadelphia County who are seeking their forever families. These youth will range from ages 11-20. 

Wednesday, July 31
'Christmas in July' Matching Event

This matching event is for youth ages 10 and older and Matching Family Workers.

  • When: Wednesday, July 31, 2024
  • Time: 11:30 a.m-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: HHCC Chapel/Auditorium on Diakon's Lutheran Home at Topton Campus; 1 South Home Ave., Topton, PA 19562
  • Registration: Please contact Karen Knodel at knodelk@diakon.org

Monday, August 26
More Than a Glance: An Inquiry Hour with Mazi

Recruitment Workers and Family Matching Workers are invited to join Mazi for an open house style "Inquiry Hour”, where we will showcase and share "More Than a Glance" about the families and children recruited for by our agency! Families, please note that this event is professionals only, but feel free to share with your workers the information about this event and request that they join to represent your family! 

  • When: Monday, August 26, 2024
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Online platform via Teams Workers can email Connie Orkin at connie@maziadoption.org to gain meeting information

Saturday, October 19
Children's Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc.'s Trunk-or-Treat Matching Event

Carve out some time for the Children’s Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc.’s trunk-or-treat matching event. It’s sure to be a howlin’ good time for youth, workers and families.

  • When: Saturday, October 19, 2024
  • Time: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
  • Where: Children’s Aid Home Programs of Somerset County, Inc., 1476 N Center Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501
  • Registration: More information and registration will be sent closer to the date. We hope to see you there!
  • For more information: Please email Amanda (aheidorn@cahprogram.org) if you have any questions

Monday, October 28
More Than a Glance: An Inquiry Hour with Mazi

Recruitment Workers and Family Matching Workers are invited to join Mazi for an open house style "Inquiry Hour”, where we will showcase and share "More Than a Glance" about the families and children recruited for by our agency! Families, please note that this event is professionals only, but feel free to share with your workers the information about this event and request that they join to represent your family! 

  • When: Monday, October 28, 2024
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Online platform via Teams Workers can email Connie Orkin at connie@maziadoption.org to gain meeting information

Monday, December 23
More Than a Glance: An Inquiry Hour with Mazi

Recruitment Workers and Family Matching Workers are invited to join Mazi for an open house style "Inquiry Hour”, where we will showcase and share "More Than a Glance" about the families and children recruited for by our agency! Families, please note that this event is professionals only, but feel free to share with your workers the information about this event and request that they join to represent your family! 

  • When: Monday, December 23, 2024
  • Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Online platform via Teams Workers can email Connie Orkin at connie@maziadoption.org to gain meeting information