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Parent/Caregiver Support

Family-Support 


Caregiving

  • Family Support Centers
    You can become part of a neighborhood family support center. Moms, dads and young children gather there for learning and fun. Learn more 
  • Afterschool and summer programs
    There are places across the Allegheny County where children are kept safe and occupied when school is out. Learn more 


Employment

  • OCS Self-sufficiency Programs
    If your household income is no more than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and you are at least 18 years old, these programs could help you to become more self-sufficient. Learn more 



Fun Stuff

  • Discount Admission to Carnegie Museums
    If you are a Pa. resident with either a green or yellow ACCESS/EBT card, you can visit the four Carnegie Museums at a deep discount.  Learn more  
  • Discount Admission to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
    If you are a Pa. resident with a green ACCESS/EBT card, you can visit the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for $1. Learn more 
  • Free Prom Gowns and Tuxes
    If your high school student is receiving services through DHS, he or she can get free prom attire. Learn more 
  • Free Holiday Gifts
    If your child gets services through the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families, the Holiday Project can help with presents. Talk to your child’s caseworker to get the details.  Learn more   
  • Free Opportunities and Items
    If your child gets services through DHS or Juvenile Probation, you could get help to pay for things like his or her music lessons, developmental toys, museum memberships and college tours. Learn more 
      



Incarcerated Parents

If you are in the County Jail, there are ways for you to stay active in the life of your child. Learn more 
  



Pregnancy to Two Years of Age

If you are pregnant or your baby is less than two years old, there are many programs that can help you both. Learn more 



  Publications for Parents and Caregivers



Safety Tips

  • Anti-luring
    You and your children can learn about how to be aware and stay safe in your neighborhood. Learn more 
  • Bullying
    Bullying is not okay. Learn more 
  • Choose a caregiver
    Read this brochure before you leave your child with a new caregiver. Learn more in English  Learn more in Spanish 
  • Domestic violence
    You and your children can be safe and secure at a shelter. Learn more 
  • Gun safety
    Your child is only as safe as your home and the homes of his or her friends. Learn more  
  • Home alone
    How will you decide that it’s okay to leave your child home alone? Learn more in English  Learn more in Spanish 
  • Violence exposure 
    You can help your child avoid violence. You can help your child cope if he or she witnesses violence. Learn more 
  • MORE 

  

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