Department of Public Welfare and Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption Permanency Network Recognized with Adoption Award

Authored By: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services


The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) has announced that Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption Permanency Network (SWAN) has received a 2014 Adoption Excellence Award for its innovative #MeetTheKids campaign featuring Pennsylvania children talking about why they want to be adopted.

The #MeetTheKids campaign won in the category of Media/Social Media/Public Awareness. The Adoption Excellence Award was presented to SWAN at a ceremony on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services established the Adoption Excellence Awards program in 1997 to recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for America’s children waiting in foster care.

“Adoption not only gives children permanent homes, but it also enriches the lives of the families who welcome them,” DPW Secretary Beverly Mackereth said.

Governor Tom Corbett has also declared Nov. 22 as Adoption Day in Pennsylvania.

Every year more than 100,000 children in foster care are available for adoption nationally. Many spend more than five years waiting for permanent homes. In Pennsylvania, 1,875 foster children were adopted in 2012-13.

“These children want homes where they are loved and appreciated for who they are,” said Mackereth. “We urge families to consider adopting Pennsylvania children.”

For more information on adoption or to see Pennsylvania children waiting to be adopted, visit

Numerous adoption awareness events will be occurring across the commonwealth to celebrate National Adoption Month. To find one in your area, please call the SWAN Helpline at 800-585-7926.