The mission of the PA Parent and Family Alliance is to elevate and connect the voices of parents of children (to age 26) who have social, emotional, behavior, and mental health challenges (including substance use disorders and learning challenges) to resources, to trained family peer support, to each other, and collaborative community partners across
the State of Pennsylvania.
Our state-wide organization began when families of children with social, emotional, behavioral and learning challenges began uniting in their local communities to support one another in their efforts to access services. Some of the families banded together to form their own family-run organizations, some worked alone, and some joined existing agencies and organizations where they were able to share the strength and wisdom that only comes from experience. They had hopes that all families would be valued and embraced as the experts that they indeed were in knowing and understanding the needs of their loved ones. These hardworking, active, and loving caregivers led the way for what is now the vision of PA Parent and Family Alliance.
When we use the word “parents,” please know that we understand that all families are unique. We see “parents” as someone who is or has been the primary caregiver of a child or young adult who has social, emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges. “Parents” may include birth parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, grandparents raising their grandchildren, kinship guardians, step-parents, etc.
Included in our diverse definition of family, we welcome two-mom families, two-dad families, single-parent families, blended families, foster families, guardians and families in which a grandparent is a primary caregiver.
We warmly welcome all families inclusively and openly without judgment.