Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

In Pennsylvania there are more than 90,000 grandparents raising more than 235,000 grandchildren because the children’s parents are unable, often due to substance use disorder.

Listen to Carol’s story as she raises her granddaughter with supportive services provided by The Lehman Center, in York County, an affiliate agency of PA Family Support Alliance.

You Made #GivingTuesday at PA Family Support Alliance a Success!

Thank you for stepping up and helping PFSA raise funds for the protection of PA’s most valuable resource - OUR CHILDREN!

With support from staff, board members, volunteers and stakeholders we reached and stretched a little above our $5,000 goal! THANK YOU!

All funds donated are designated to provide parents in recovery from substance abuse disorder an opportunity to participate in PFSA’s “Recovering Families” program. Your generosity helps parents provide a safe, loving home for their children.

The funds raised on #GivingTuesday, and every day, help children grow and live free from abuse and neglect. If you didn’t get a chance to make a gift on #GivingTuesday, you can still support PFSA by giving online.  Every dollar makes a difference, every day of the year!

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Front Porch Project Training

Have you ever seen a child in a store or restaurant having a meltdown and a parent having a meltdown of their own? Are their children playing unsupervised in your neighborhood? Do you ever wonder what to do when you are concerned about a child and aren’t sure if it’s “your business”? If so, the Front Porch Project can help. This research-supported training provides you with real-life answers to questions like these. We talk about the issues facing today’s families, brainstorm ideas and practice strategies for helping children and supporting families. The training is a fun mix of interactive discussions, video clips and activities with people who really care about your community and the kids who live there. 

To learn more about holding The Front Porch Project Training in your community contact Beth Bitler, Program Director at

On-Site/In-Person Mandated Reporter Training is Now Available in Spanish!

PFSA is proud to be the first entity in Pennsylvania to have qualified bilingual trainers who can provide on-site/in-person mandated reporter training in Spanish!

Residents of Hispanic descent are the fastest-growing ethnic population in Pennsylvania. It is vitally important to offer training in recognizing and reporting child abuse in both English and Spanish to help ensure that suspected abuse is reported accurately and in a timely and effective manner.

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Mandated Reporter Training

For more than 20 years Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) has provided the most comprehensive training on recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to mandated reporters in Pennsylvania.

Our in-person training is conducted across Pennsylvania by experts in the field of child welfare, many of whom have decades of experience in responding to reports of child abuse, investigating reports and providing services to families. 

Request a free in-person training today by calling PFSA at 800-448-4906 or submitting your request online.

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PFSA recently became the first statewide organization to launch their comprehensive “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse” training program (in person and online) in Spanish for mandated reporters of child abuse and we could not have done it without the support of UPMC for You, an affiliate of UPMC Health Plan. PFSA gratefully acknowledges UPMC for You as our newest PA Blue Ribbon Champion for Safe Kids through their in-kind translation services, a gift valued at $20,000.





"Spanish speaking professionals and volunteers who work with children now have the same access and opportunity to information that will assist them in not only fulfilling their legal requirement as mandated reporters, but will also better prepare them to serve a pivotal role in protecting Pennsylvania’s children. Considering residents of Hispanic descent are the fastest-growing ethnic population in our state it’s a great step forward in protecting the health, safety and well-being of Pennsylvania’s children," said Angela Liddle, President and CEO of PFSA.  So often we fail to view child abuse and neglect as a societal health issue and most definitely it is.  Dozens of children die as a result of child abuse and we are so pleased to have the support of UPMC for You.

Jonathan Encarnacion, Administrative Director for UPMC for You shared, "Everyone I spoke with at UPMC agreed that it was money well spent.  We are more than happy to partner with PFSA in this endeavor and hope you are successful in providing many trainings!"

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