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Foster Family Support Program

The Allegheny Foster Family Support Program was created in 2015 through a Federal Grant to The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS). The purpose of the grant was to reduce the number of children placed in congregate care facilities by strengthening the ability of foster families to provide secure homes to children.


The staff of the AFN Program consists of two Foster Family Support Partners and one Supervisor, all of whom have considerable experience in providing foster care to children.


Families served are all identified by the Department of Human Services as being in need of support and the services provided by AFN include:


  • Support in successfully completing the application, training and certification process of becoming a foster parent.

  • In-home sessions designed to ensure that the family is 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 Parent Support Groups.

  • Access to regular AFN educational and social events held throughout the year.


All services provided by the AFN Foster Family Support Program are provided in collaboration with the Foster Family provider agencies in Allegheny County.

Since initiating the program, the AFN staff have served more than 550 foster families.

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