Allegheny County gets $1.8 million in federal grants for foster children

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Allegheny County will receive nearly $2 million in federal grants to recruit and support foster parents, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced today.

The county was one of seven communities nationally to receive the five-year grant, which totals $1,844,121 and comes from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

“With this money, we will be able to further reduce group care placement and increase placement stability for children,” Mr. Fitzgerald said in a news release.

He plans to implement a five-part recruitment and engagement strategy, including identifying existing needs, creating a broader network of foster families, using a tool to match children to families, developing additional training and looking for other ways to improve the system.

The county Department of Human Services will be assisted by the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth & Family Services, Allegheny Family Network and the University of Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center.

“DHS has been successful at reducing the number of children in out-of-home care over the past decade, and we want to continue that trend,” department Director Marc Cherna said in a news release. “This grant will help us to build and support a resource family network that is better prepared to serve older children, sibling groups and those with special challenges.”

Andrew McGill: or 412-263-1497.

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