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    Grandparents, aunts and uncles or other relatives, members of a child’s tribe or clan, godparents, stepparents, neighbors, friends of the family or other adults who can serve as "family" who have taken on the responsibility of raising children in situations where the birthparents are unable or unwilling to provide for their care.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    18th Street Development Corporation - Relative Caregivers Support ServicesDesigned to support the needs of relatives who have assumed the role of caregiver for children under 18 who have been orphaned, abused, abandoned, or neglected by their biological parents. Offers a variety of workshops, personal enrichment services, and general resources for both caregivers and children. Among the programs offered are bi-monthly support groups, professional therapy, and legal advice. Also holds summer camp for ROC children.Philadelphia18th Street Development Corporation - South Philadelphia18th Street Development Corporation
    Best Nest - Foster Care, Kinship Care and Respite CareWe specialize in caring for children who have medical needs of all levels. Best Nest also works to certify kin to be foster parents so that children have the opportunity to remain with those familiar to them. Respite care providers are important to foster parents so that they can have a "break" from the day-to-day parenting of children with special needs. If you are interested in becoming a certified foster parent, kinship parent or respite provider for a child, please contact Lori Hendrickson at 215-546-8060. Foster Parent Orientations are held monthly to help you make a decision about this life-changing opportunity to help children and families.PhiladelphiaBest Nest, Inc. - Philadelphia; South PhiladelphiaBest Nest is a senior care information and resource website that provides informative sections on:
    • Assisted Living,
    • Memory Care,
    • In-Home Care,
    • Independent Living,
    • CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community),
    • and Nursing Homes.
    Includes information on different types of senior care: Adult Day Care, Geriatric Care Managers, Home Healthcare and Hospice Care; as well as searchable assisted living facilities by state.
    Children's Choice @ Chester - Kinship CareThis program involves taking in a child who is a part of your family or whom you know in some other way. Unlike with Family Foster Care, a kinship home is identified by the county or other referring agency, and then must choose which foster care agency (such as Children's Choice) they want to work with.DelawareChildren's Choice @ Chester - Delaware; ChesterChildren's Choice
    Children's Choice - Kinship - PhiladelphiaThis program involves taking in a child who is a part of your family or whom you know in some other way. Unlike with Family Foster Care, a kinship home is identified by the county or other referring agency, and then must choose which foster care agency (such as Children's Choice) they want to work with.PhiladelphiaChildren's Choice @ Philadelphia - Philadelphia; West PhiladelphiaChildren's Choice
    Grandparents / Kinship CareGrandparents/kinship care raising minor children get support and education to help them with the minor children in their careDauphinFamily Support of Pressley Ridge - DauphinPressley Ridge
    Grandparents Raising Grandchildren McKeesport Support GroupThe McKeesport area has created a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group that meets on a monthly basis. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, this group works to meet the needs of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren in the Pittsburgh area, connect them with other grandparents raising grandchildren in their area, and provide them support throughout the issues that they are faced with. Any grandparent who is responsible for their grandchild is welcome to attend.AlleghenyGrandparents Raising GrandchildrenGrandparents Raising Grandchildren
    KinConnector HelplineProvides a helpline for families in kinship care situations, including grandparents raising their grandchildren because of the opioid crisis. Helpline assists kinship caretakers in accesssing resources regarding health, finances and legal services.DauphinHelplinesPennsylvania Department of Human Services
    Montgomery County Office of Senior Services - Grandparent Program - Montgomery and Norristown, PASupport for grandparents (55 years and older)who are raising children under the age of 18. Caregivers are eligible for reimbursements to assist with monthly expenses for the care of the child, up to $200 per month.MontgomeryMontgomery County Office of Senior Services - Montgomery; NorristownMontgomery County Office of Senior Services
    Parents a 2nd Time Support Group Lackawanna County Area Agency on AgingSupport group for older adults raising children of a family member. Offers access to potential resources, community programs and services, and agencies available to provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons who are living with, caring for and parenting the children of loved ones. Child care & refreshments provided at the meeting. Transportation is available. Meeting dates, locations and times are as follows: CaPAA @ The Ritz (Creative & Performing Arts Academy - NEPA Ritz Theater Bldg) 222 Wyoming Ave Scranton, PA 18503 2nd Monday of every month, 5:30 - 7 pm. Valley Community Library 739 River St. Peckville, PA 4th Monday of every month, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Visit a meeting to network with others!LackawannaLackawanna County Area Agency on AgingLackawanna County Area Agency on Aging
    University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Elder Law ClinicStudents provide free legal services to low-income older adults (aged 60+) and/or clients’ family members. Services focus on advance planning for incapacity (including Powers of Attorney and Living Wills), simple estate planning, guardianship and related matters, Medical Assistance for long term care, settlement of estates with limited assets/small estates, and grand-parenting issues. Students also provide community presentations on elder law issues.AlleghenyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of LawUniversity of Pittsburgh

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