Pennsylvania’s foremost resource for adoption information, referral services, support, and education
Personnel provide adoption information to prospective parents and recruit families for waiting children. This program serves families of all races and ethnicities, but focuses recruitment efforts on the cultural values of the African American community because of the critical need for adoptive families for African American children.
Adoption & Foster Care Services
Families receive trauma focused pre-service training as well as completed family profiles (AKA Home Studies) for approval as foster and/or adoptive families. Other services include child-specific recruitment, family screening, child placement services and post-placement support.
Teen Foster Care Project
In 2016, TRAC was selected to embark on a special project aimed at significantly decreasing the number of teens in group home settings, by placing them with foster families. Through the Foster Goodness project, TRAC has set a goal of placing 75 teens 12 – 21 years of age. This includes teens and their siblings, as well as teens who are parenting children
This program has two focuses; Child Preparation Services and Post Permanency Services. The purpose of the Child Preparation Services curriculum is to help each child preserve valuable pieces of his or her identity while navigating the child welfare system. Post Permanency Services personnel work to preserve adoptive and foster family relationships so children do not return to the child welfare system.
This program has two areas of focus; traditional therapy and Therapeutic Supervised Visitation. Through traditional therapy and the Therapeutic Supervised Visitation Program, the goal of this service is to empower participants to make the changes needed to stabilize their families, developing healthy relationships that will have long-term effects. Family and individual focused therapy allows participants to not only be active in the plan development, but also accountable for its success.
Ada Tessaro Memorial Library
TRAC maintains Western Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive collection of adoption-related books and materials, which can be borrowed at no cost and is utilized by both adoptive/foster families and professionals.