Growing Families through Adoption

Please join us on Saturday, April 13, 2019 for Growing Families Through Adoption -
the 13th Annual Matching and Adoption Awareness Event presented by Project STAR at The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.

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 event is free and open to the public and will feature a keynote speaker, refreshments and giveaways.


Please RSVP by April 4, 2019 via the form below or by calling 877-433-1109 and selecting option 7.

Registration Form:

Who Should Attend

  • Foster and Adoptive Families
  • Permanency and Foster Care Professionals
  • Youth Advocates


12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Agency Registration
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Family Registration
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Cassandra Soars, Featured Speaker
2:15 - 4:30 p.m. Matching Event

About the featured speaker:  

  • Cassandra SoarsCassandra Soars is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of iHeartUs, the app for couples that
     helps them build a stronger connection. Cassandra has a diverse background in education, non-profit leadership,
     and business. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a second master's degree in international development from the University of London's prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies. 

    Cassandra is the author of two books, including Love Like Fire: The Story of Heidi Baker and Yellow, a memoir of resilience. Cassandra was thirteen when she became a foster child, and she bounced between her undiagnosed bipolar mother, rage-aholic father, and various foster homes, rootless and in desperate need of love. Yellow takes the reader along on her search for love - and the beauty and healing she discovered when she traveled to Africa to volunteer at an orphanage.

    Using her unlikely story, Cassandra shares her passion for mentoring, adoption and foster care. She believes deeply that people can heal and that anyone can make a difference in the world.                    


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

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