Post-Adoption Services

Welcome House offers a variety of comprehensive post-permanency services. All children can benefit: those who quietly struggle with adoption issues, those who respond in harmful ways by using drugs and alcohol, sexually acting out or fighting with their peers, and those children who have specific special needs such as mental health issues or learning disabilities. Whatever your situation, we have answers that could make a difference in your family's life.

All adopted children residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are eligible for services. Families with permanent legal custody or families caring for their relative's children (kinship placement) are also eligible. 

Read our Post-Permanency Services brochure.

"I can't stress enough how lost I felt without these services, how I struggled, and how I thought I didn't do the right thing. Now I feel very empowered, even on tough days. There are resources available and I know I can call people when I need them."

Assessment
A trained Welcome House social worker visits with your family, in your home, to help determine the services and community support that can benefit your child. Together, we develop a specific plan to bring about a solution to the issues at hand.

Advocacy and Case Management
Our goal is to support your family in any way possible. We put together a plan to help your family reach desired goals. That may mean we personally visit with your family, accompany you to school meetings, locate resources or make phone calls for you - whatever it takes.

Respite
All parents need a break from time to time, especially if their child is struggling. We'll work with your family to identify respite services that will benefit both you and your child. Respite services can include traditional activities such as overnight stays or specialized child care, but they may also include creative resources such as enabling your child to attend camp or therapeutic horseback riding lessons.

Support Groups
Welcome House can refer you to professionally-led support groups for adoptive parents and children who were adopted. These groups give parents and children a place to talk about the challenges they are facing with other people who truly understand.

Counseling
Families created through adoption face common issues and challenges that evolve along with the children's growth and development. Adoption counseling is offered by Welcome House to assist all members of the adoptive family. Click to learn more!

Search
Whether you are an adoptee, an adoptive parent, or birth relative, the Welcome House Search Program can assist you if the adoption was processed through Welcome House or the Pearl S. Buck Foundation. Start your search here!

Cultural Events
Welcome House hosts several cultural events for adoptive families each year. You can stay posted on our community events page.

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If you would like to receive post-permanency services, call the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) Help Line at 800-585-7926 and request a referral to Welcome House. Questions about Pearl S. Buck International's adoption programs can be directed to 215-249-0100 or welcomehouse@pearlsbuck.org.

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