Growing Families Through Adoption 2015

Please join us on Saturday, March 28, 2015 for Growing Families Through Adoption.

The Ninth Annual Matching and Adoption Awareness Event presented by Project STAR at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.


Foster and Adoptive Families
Permanency and Foster Care Professionals
Youth Advocates


1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Speaker Panel
2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Matching Event


The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
1405 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

This event is free and open to the public and will feature a panel of speakers, refreshments and giveaways. Childcare will be available to those who attend.
RSVP by filling out the form below.

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About the Event

Learn about hundreds of waiting kids through their pictures and stories. Affiliates and county workers will be available to answer questions about the children they represent. To date, more than 50 children have been successfully matched with permanent families as a result of this event. 

This year’s presentation will focus on the importance of permanency for older youth. The engaging discussion will capture the real life perceptions of youth who have experience with aging out of the system. Through the voices of youth, experienced adoption professionals and powerful media messages, the reality of aging out will be explored. Bethany Leas and Nic Landon will moderate the discussion.

Bethany Leas has a decade of experience working in child welfare and has facilitated numerous statewide trainings. Bethany is currently the manager of placement services for Project STAR at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. Nic Landon has nearly ten years championing the older youth arena. He is currently serving as the Older Child Matching Initiative recruiter in western Pennsylvania and has expertise finding permanency for some of the toughest youth to place in our state. Nic works through Family Pathways in Butler, PA.

For more information, please contact Russ McCurdy at 412.244.3083 or [email protected]

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