The Allegheny County Department of Human Services has obtained a grant from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services which will provide a family-based placement resource to adolescent children in need of out-of-home placement.
In order to assist families who open their homes to adolescents in need, Allegheny Family Network has been asked to provide a range of support services to those families. All of those services will be provided in collaboration with the licensed foster care provider agencies that are a part of the project. Two AFN Family Support Partners who are experienced foster and adoptive parents will be available to provide the following services:
Support in successfully completing the application, training and certification process of becoming a foster parent.
In-home sessions designed to make the family aware of all resources available (legal, educational, community-based, recreational) to ensure the successful placement of the child in the family.
Structured training sessions designed to assist foster parents in effectively participating in court hearings, treatment planning sessions and Individualized Education Plan development.
Participation in Foster Families Support Groups which will be established in the targeted communities.
Access to regular AFN educational and social events held throughout the year.