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Adoption Services

“The soft breeze on my forehead as I go to kiss them goodnight,  safe, secure, and loved – content for them and content in me for doing what I can, when I can for this child; one step at a time, in his time, and in God’s perfect timing.”
- Mike and Kelly Carl, Foster and Adoptive Parents

With over 2,000 foster children in Pennsylvania waiting for a forever family, the need for loving families who are willing to open their hearts and homes is great.  Consider becoming an adoptive parent and provide a child with a chance at a bright future. There is an urgent need for families.  Any family who can provide a loving, safe environment for a child is welcome to apply. We offer our services without discrimination and with the best interest of the children we serve at the forefront of all we do. 

The Salvation Army Children’s Services provides services for the following types of adoption:

Foster Care Adoption: Adoption of a child that you are fostering if the child becomes legally free for adoption

SWAN Adoption: Adoption through the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) of a child in Pennsylvania who is legally free for adoption and already waiting for a permanent family.  Children eligible for SWAN adoption are primarily older children.

Home Study for Private Adoption: Our agency can provide a private adoption home study when a family is working with a private adoption agency/attorney for infant adoption, relative/kinship adoption, custody, etc. 

Did You Know…

  • Most children who are free for adoption are ages 8 years and older, or are sibling groups.
  • Some children wait years before they find their forever family; some never do.
  • Adopting a child from Pennsylvania is nearly free. There are no costs for your home study and most adoption costs are reimbursed.
  • All types of families are needed. If you are over 21 and can provide a safe and loving home, you are eligible to apply.
  • Becoming a licensed adoptive or foster parent can take as little as 3 months.
  • Our application process is almost completely online – eliminating paperwork!