Here at Lifespan Family Services, we are a SWAN program affiliate within the statewide adoption network.
Numerous adoption services at Lifespan Family Services are made available through The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network, a partnership among the Department of Human Services, the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, public and private adoption agencies, organizations, advocates, judges, the legal community, and foster and adoptive parents.
The SWAN program serves children in the custody of numerous county children and youth agencies. The network is designed to support the work of county agencies in expediting permanency services.
Our current approved adoption services through SWAN include:
- Family Profiles
- Child Profiles
- Child-Specific Recruitment
- Child Preparation
- Adoption Finalization
- Post-Permanency Services
Developing a family profile is like creating a biography of a family wanting to adopt. Potential adoptive families must undergo a process of sharing information with the adopting agency, including home visits, interviews with family members, background checks, character references, and more. A profile is then created to match families with waiting children.
Also offered through the SWAN program are child profiles, which are a comprehensive summary of the child’s life history. At Lifespan Family Services, we work hard to include as many details as possible, including educational history, vaccination history, standardized test results, school attendance, medical and dental records, and more. This can help match children with families with a strong common interest when more information is available.
Identifying adoptive resources for children in the custody of a county agency is the role of our child-specific recruitment at Lifespan Family Services. If a child is getting adopted or their foster parents do not desire to provide a permanent home, we can then unite a child with a home that is a good match based upon their personal history and current beliefs, etc.
Here at Lifespan Family Services, we believe it is important to provide children with an optimal understanding of the adoption/permanency process and help them work through the potential difficulties in finding a permanent home. With our Child Preparation program, we can also help them retain their biological family history and help them transition into a new fulfilling life while respecting their former household(s). This service can also assist the child in transitioning back to their home of origin after an absence.
Our placement service at Lifespan Family Services is the physical relocation of a child into a pre-adoptive living situation. This can be with the prospective adoptive parent or parents. When placement occurs without termination of parental biological rights, it is considered to be a legal risk placement. Our experienced team utilizes all available tools to ensure a match is quality-lasting and meets all involved parties’ needs.
Adoption finalization is the last legal step in the adoption process. Once finalized, the adoptive parents have legal rights and responsibilities for the child. Our team works closely with all parties to guide those involved through this process as efficiently as possible.