Plight of Haitian Orphans Boosts Awareness of 3,000 Pennsylvania Children Now Awaiting Adoption

Jan 20, 2010, 16:10 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The orphans evacuated from quake-stricken Haiti this week represent only a few of the thousands of children now awaiting adoption in Pennsylvania, according to acting Secretary of Public Welfare Harriet Dichter.

"There are approximately 3,000 children across the state still waiting to find a permanent family to call their own," said Dichter. "While the plight of the Haitian orphans has attracted much attention, it is important to recognize the many other children for whom we are always working to find a supportive family and safe home environment.  Every child needs to have a permanent home and a loving family"

While some of the evacuated Haitian orphans are in the process of being adopted, Pennsylvanians interested in learning how they can help the affected children should visit the Allegheny County Web site at:

In addition to the 3,000 Pennsylvania children are waiting to find a permanent family, more than 20,000 Pennsylvania children live in foster, or out-of home, care.

Organizations like the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network, county children and youth agencies, and private adoption agencies help special needs foster children find permanent homes. These agencies also work with potential resource parents to obtain the necessary background reviews, provide extensive training, and certify the parents and the homes.

Efforts to reach prospective adoptive and foster parents include the Heart Gallery, a traveling photo exhibit featuring more than 50 Pennsylvania children waiting to be adopted. Portraits in the gallery aim to capture the unique personality and spirit of children who are seeking a permanent, loving home.  

For more information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call 1-800-585-7926 or visit the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange at  

Media contact: Stacey Witalec, 717-787-4592

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare