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Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)
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We Believe..

  • Every child with a goal of adoption deserves a permanent family
  • County agencies must be supported to prioritize and provide adoption services
  • Delays in achieving permanency must not be due to race, culture, age, geography, level of ability or case priority level
  • Permanent families must be recruited for every waiting child
  • Adoptive families must be supported to remain intact as children grow into adulthood

The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) is a partnership among the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, public and private adoption agencies, organizations, advocates, judges, the legal community, and foster and adoptive parents. The network is administered by DHS through a prime contractor. As the mission statement reflects, the purpose is to build a better collaborative adoption process in Pennsylvania.

The SWAN program serves children in the custody of county children and youth agencies. The design of the network is to support the work of county agencies in expediting permanency services. The children featured in the Photo Album are some of our children waiting to be adopted.

Pennsylvania's prime contractor assigns county requests for adoption services to affiliate agencies for completion. Adoption services include:

The SWAN Helpline assists families interested in adoption. Call 800-585-SWAN.

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