Support Resources for Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers of young children are tasked with ensuring that their children’s needs are met. The following resources are available to support those individuals as they also work to take care of themselves.

Support Resources

For Families

Jerimiah’s Place

Jerimiah’s Place provides families of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas with emergency child care for children ages zero to six completely free of charge. Children can stay at Jerimiah’s Place for a few hours or a few days based on the needs of each family. Because Jerimiah’s Place does not operate as a drop-in center, families must register for an intake appointment. For more information, visit the Jerimiah’s Place website or call 412.924.0726.

PA 211

If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, PA 211 is a great place to start. At the PA 211 website, you can get connected with services such as family/parent support groups, marriage counseling, education programs, and other assistance.

Allegheny County Family Centers

All 27 Allegheny County Family Centers offer activities kids, parents, and caregivers of all ages can take part in. Activities and various support services are free to parents and their children. Stay up-to-date with your local family center by visiting the Allegheny County Family Center website.

Single Mom Defined

Single Mom Defined is a judgment-free zone for single moms to seek advice and support, share stories and resources, and make new friends. This group is open to all current and former single moms, no matter their race, religion or location, as well as women leading organizations serving single mothers and families who can connect moms to resources and information to help them thrive.

Single Mom Defined’s babysitting cooperative is open to mothers in Clairton, East Hills, Homewood (including Lincoln, Larimer, and Lemington), and the Hilltop (including Arlington, Beltzhoover, and Knoxville). 

Learn more at on the Single Mom Defined website.

For Adoptive Parents

PA’s Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN) 

The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) is a partnership among the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, public and private adoption agencies, organizations, advocates, judges, the legal community, and foster and adoptive parents. SWAM offers post-adoption services such as case advocacy to ensure families receive access to services, support groups, and respite to provide families with planned breaks. Families self-refer for SWAN Post-Permanency Services by calling the SWAN Helpline at 1-800-585-7926. Learn more on the SWAN website.

For Kinship Caregivers


PA KinConnector provides guidance, advice, and support for grandparents raising grandchildren and other relative and non-relative Kinship Caregivers. Learn more in the KinConnector website or by calling 1-866-546-2111.

For Multigenerational Caregivers (Taking Care of Parents and Children)

Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program

The Pennsylvania Caregiver Support Program, provided through the DHS Area Agency on Aging,  provides resources and assistance to individuals who assume the primary responsibility for the provision of care to encourage a healthy, ongoing relationship with their care receiver. The program aims to alleviate the stresses associated with caregiving by focusing on the well-being of the caregiver, providing access to respite care, addressing the need for formal and informal supports, and providing financial reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs associated with caregiving-related services and supplies. Learn more on the Allegheny County DHS website.

Series Navigation

The Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series highlights several early childhood topics to support parents and caregivers who are caring for young children. Use the list below to navigate through each series topic:

Learn more about the series.

Request free printed materials from our Developmentally Appropriate Parenting Series.


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