Children and Families

Find childcare or food and other essentials and keep kids safe.

Have a new baby

Start with Hello Baby

Have questions? Want to meet other parents? Need support with formula or breastfeeding? Wondering about your baby’s development?

Visit Hello Baby for parenting tips and resources about:

Dial 211, United Way’s helpline available 24/7 and ask to speak with a Hello Baby Family Specialist.

Childcare, Pre-School, Pre-K, and School-aged Programming

Start with the Early Learning Resource Center

Speak with someone about quality, affordable childcare and early learning opportunities near you.

Call 888-340-3572 to speak to a live person Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Send an email

Diapers, formula and more

Start with the Family Centers of Allegheny County

There are 27 Family Centers throughout the County who help families with kids up to age 18. Services are free and available to all parents regardless of income. Most Centers are open Monday through Friday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Use this map to find a Center near you.

Report child abuse or neglect

Start with ChildLine

24-hour Hotline: 800-932-0313

Mandated reporters can report online.

ChildLine staff listen to child well-being concerns and get the information as quickly as possible to the appropriate investigating agency.

Information on Adoption

Start with Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN)

Call the toll-free number: 1-800-585-7926

Visit the SWAN website

SWAN includes county children and youth agencies, juvenile court judges, foster and adoptive parents, private adoption agencies, the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange and many others, all working together on behalf of children who need permanent homes.

Other helpful resources

Have a question or concern about services?

DHS Director's Action Line specialists are available Monday - Friday 8AM - 5PM.

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