Post Adoption Services

Post Adoption Services provide support and hope to adoptive families by offering guidance and validation, creatively troubleshooting obstacles to family sustainment, expanding the family’s network of resources and support, and facilitating bonding and self-care. These services are free of charge to Pennsylvania families and are subsidized through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN). Families self-refer for these short-term services, which are used to support the child and family after the adoption or guardianship has been finalized. Services include:

Case Advocacy

  • Mediating between birth families and adopted children
  • Networking with other community service providers
    Providing therapeutic resources
    Acting as advocates to obtain specialized help

Respite Care

  • Family activities that enhance attachment and bonding
  • Daytime or overnight care for children by trained respite providers
  • Camp experiences

Support Groups

  • Evidence-based parenting programs that enhance attachment and build a network of support with other participants
  • Small group training for young children who exhibit challenging behaviors
  • Structured support groups for girls aged 9-18

Who Qualifies?
You qualify for these free services if you live in Pennsylvania and have adopted a child (domestically or internationally) or are a permanent legal guardian or kinship care provider. To learn more, contact us at postperm@cobys.org or 800-452-6517

[Pre-service training] opened up a wide range of topics that were quite applicable to our current life as foster parents. Training was very helpful as it made us more aware of the complexities that can arise when dealing with children (and birth parents) from difficult situations. We really liked hearing other foster families come in and discuss their experiences. – COBYS Resource Parents Austin and Cathy