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Obtaining a Birth Certificate
Application for Certified Copy of Birth Record.
Auberle Driver's Training Program
Auberle offers a Driver's Training Program to help young people 16 years of age and older with obtaining a valid PA Driver's License. The program is ideal for an individual who may not otherwise have access to a vehicle to use during their on-road test.
Requesting Birth Certificate without Government Issued Photo ID
Instructions on how to obtain a birth certificate if you do not have a government issued state identification card.
Social Security Card Application
Applying for a Social Security Card is free!
Pittsburgh Free Clothing Closets
Resources providing free clothing in Allegheny County.
Application for State ID Card
Applying for a government issued state identification card in PA.
Public Assistance 101
A basic fact sheet on how to apply for public assistance and the types of public assistance that may be available to you.
Domestic Violence Resources
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence this hand-out provides a list of providers that assist with domestic abuse in Allegheny County.
How to Obtain Important Documents
This cheat sheet is a quick reference on what you need to obtain your birth certificate, driver's license, photo ID, social security card, voter's registration, GED and public assistance.
Opportunity Passport TM
The goal is to help young people leaving “the system”: 1. Become financially capable 2. Gain experience with the banking system 3. Amass assets for education, housing, health care and a few other specified expenses Eligibility Requirements: Youth who are Independent Living Services eligible & ages 16-23 can take part in the Opportunity PassportTM
Project Prom 4 Gentlemen
Young students served by DHS in need of a prom tuxedo are invited to participate in Project Prom for Gentlemen.
Each year, Project Prom gives eligible high school students the opportunity to choose free formal attire from a selection of currently styled formal gowns, shoes and accessories.
Drug & Alcohol Services
Information regarding drug & alcohol hotlines, comprehensive crisis service and several service providers.
Important Information About Your Healthcare Coverage
Hey You! You may be eligible for Health Insurance! Now that we have your attention, please read on for more information about the why, or you can skip to the section where it says, “Good, Sign Me Up!”
Free Healthcare for Former Foster Youth
The Affordable Care Act allows for former foster youth who were in care on or after their 18th birthday to access free healthcare up until the age 26 even if they are employed.
The Affordable Care Act & Former Foster Youth
Questions and answers regarding The Affordable Care Act as it pertains to former foster youth.
Mental Health Community Resources
Services and hotlines for mental health community resources.
Bethlehem Haven Dental Clinic offers free health care for the homeless and the University of Pittsburgh School Dental Medicine accepts medical assistance. Please see this flyer for additional information.
Family Planning & Sexual Health Care Centers
Reproductive Rights for Minors
Here is a quick reference guide regarding reproductive rights for females who are minors in PA.
Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program
The subsidized child care program helps low-income families pay their child care fees. The state and federal governments fund this program, which is managed by the Child Care Information Services office located in your county.
Committed to the belief that every life is valuable, the mission of Angels’ Place is to provide single parents who are low-income, full-time students with the help needed to complete their education, so that they may secure satisfying employment, establish careers and become self-sufficient citizens.
Services for Young Parents
Services designed to nurture, protect and strengthen families. These centers are community based and respond to the needs of the individuals that make up the community. Each center offers a number of different services which may include any of the following: parenting education, child development support, parental support groups, drop-in centers, transportation, goal planning, medical support, prenatal care support, community referrals, and many more.
There are times when all parents need a helping hand. Jeremiah's Place offers a safe and loving environment for your children in times of crisis. Jeremiah's Place provides FREE, temporary care of children ages 0-6 for up to 72 hours.
Coordinated Intake for Homelessness
If you are an individual or a family and are in immediate need of emergency accommodations and have no other options please call this coordinated intake line 412-350-3837.
Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corporation (AHRCO)
Affordable multifamily properties list. You must call the individual properties listed to check on vacancies, waiting lists and application information. The website www.ahrco.com has a map of where all the properties are located.
Tools to Locate Affordable Housing
This cheat sheet lists all the housing authorities in Allegheny County as well as the online searches for affordable housing.
Housing Programs and Programs for Homelessness
This guide will help you understand the various housing programs and program for homelessness. Please contact the Homeless Service Coordinated Intake for assistance: 412-350-3837.
Allegheny County Youth Workforce Development Resources
Helpful resources, links and agencies for workforce development/job training.
Job Placement Program for Youth With Special Needs
Helpful resources and links for youth with special needs who are trying to find a job.
The Auberle Employment Institute
Auberle’s Employment Institute is a UPMC POWRR (Partnership on Workforce Readiness and Retention) community partner. This means that The Employment Institute offers special classes to help prepare individuals to be hired by UPMC. POWRR classes will help you choose a career path at UPMC, prepare for the interview process and develop skills to keep your job at UPMC. UPMC is the largest employer in the region with over 20 hospitals and 400 outpatient sites to work at.
Auberle Employment Institute: OSHA Certification
The Auberle OSHA 10-Hour Construction Trade Certification provides training for entry-level workers in recognizing health hazards and using proper safety techniques in the construction workplace. Students also receive information regarding construction workers’ rights. The program is completed entirely online and allows students to work at their own pace to finish. Students will have access to computers and receive direct support.
Auberle Employment Institute: Landscaping
Auberle’s Landscaping Program trains young people in all aspects of professional landscaping and lawncare services. Young people are hired to work alongside a professional landscaping foreman to maintain commercial and business properties. This is a a paid position with opportunities to advance and become a crew leader. Participants gain experience working with the customer and securing new properties to maintain. This program offers employment opportunities year-round.
Auberle Employment Institutue: HAZWOPER
Auberle’s HAZWOPER program trains young people for careers in environmental protection and clean-up services. The HAZWOPER program ends with a young person acquiring an OSHA HAZWOPER certification that is required for any type of job in the environmental field. This program will prepare you to respond to hazardous waste spills - everything from a tanker truck turnover to a derailed train as well as testing for air quality, towing and transportating hazardous items and oil spill clean-ups. This is a free 12-week program.
Auberle Employment Institute: Culinary Arts
Graduates of Auberle’s Culinary Arts Program leave the program knowing about food preparation, food safety and with a working knowledge of the day-to-day operations of a food service department. The program also prepares you to earn your ServSafe Certification, a nationally recognized food safety and sanitation certification. This is a 15-week program that meets twice a week.
Job Corps Flyer
Transitioning from foster care to living on your own can seem overwhelming. Job Corps can help you learn the skills you need to make that step.
Job Corps Brochure
If you have transitioned or are transitioning out of foster care and are under the age of 25, Job Corps may be a good choice for you. Please see this informative brochure for more information.
Job Corps Eligibility Checklist
Interview Do's and Don'ts
Handy cheat sheet to help you get the job you want!
Learn and Earn Summer Youth Employment Program
Learn and Earn is a six-week summer job program for teens and young adults ages 14-21 in the Pittsburgh region. Participants have the opportunity to earn money, gain valuable work experience, and develop soft skills to help them become college and career ready. Learn and Earn is made possible through a partnership between Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, and Partner4Work with support from local foundations.
CCAC Extension Program Application
Application for the CCAC Extension Program.
CCAC Extension Program
Letter describing the CCAC Extension Program and giving instructions on how to apply.
Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship Application
Application for The Pittsburgh Promise College Scholarship
Pittsburgh Promise Fact Sheet
Information on The Pittsburgh Promise Scholarship.
NEED Cheat Sheet
Guide to navigating the NEED college access program.
Conciliation - Where Can I Live?
As a part of your conciliation consent order, the order will state where you are placed. Some clients will be commuting to school from their foster home or group home. Other clients will reside on campus and will return to a designated individual or placement during times when the dormitories are closed.
Open Conciliation Order vs. Closed DHS Contract
What are the differences between an open conciliation order and a closed DHS contract?
Terms of Conciliation Consent Order
What are the terms of my conciliation consent order?
Chafee Grant FAQs
Chafee Education & Training Grant Program FAQs
PA Chafee Education & Training Grant Program
This federally funded program offers grants to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending an eligible postsecondary institution.
Finding Less Expensive Text Books
Tips for finding less expensive text books for college.
What Do I Do in the First Year of College?
Tips for a successful first year of college.
Foster Care College Scholarships
College scholarships for youth currently or formerly in foster care and website to research other scholarships.
Information on enrolling a child in school, the Fostering Connections Act (for children in out-of-home care) and The McKinney-Vento Act (for children that are awaiting foster care placement or are homeless).
Terms of Department of Human Services Contract
What are the terms of my DHS contract?
FAFSA Tip Sheet
The basics on filing the FAFSA and receiving financial aid for higher education.
PHEAA Planning for Higher Education
Tips for high school seniors planning to attend a higher education institution.
FAFSA Changes and Tips for Completion
This tip sheet will help you fill out your 2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
Post-Secondary Resources for Individuals with Disabilities
This information sheet developed by the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is very helpful in assisting those with disabilities to locate colleges, financial aid resources and other transitional resources.
Students in Unique Situations: Tips for Completing the FAFSA
Are you in foster care, a dependent child/ ward of the court? OR Did your CYF case close to Subsidized Permanent Legal Custody (SPLC) with a family member? This tip sheet may help you figure out how to answer some of the difficult questions on FAFSA form.
GED Prep Programs
This cheat sheet offers info on some of the local and FREE GED test preparation programs.
CREDIT CARD INFORMATION
Why Should I Run a Credit Check?
Resource answering all questions regarding reasons for obtaining a credit report and what your credit score means.
Get Your Free Credit Report
Consumers are eligible to order one free copy of their credit report, from each of the three credit bureaus, every 12 months. Free credit reports are only available through Annual Credit Report.
Correcting Errors on Your Credit Report
Under the FCRA, both the credit reporting company and the information provider (that is, the person, company, or organization that provides information about you to a credit reporting company) are responsible for correcting inaccurate or incomplete information in your report. To take advantage of all your rights under this law, contact the credit reporting company and the information provider.
Credit Card Smarts
The basics on how to choose a credit card, and why you should run a credit report.
Advocacy & Legal Services Agencies
List of agencies providing advocacy and legal services.
Advocating for Children with Special Medical Needs
Conceived by a multidisciplinary group of professionals in Allegheny County’s child welfare system, this flipbook is intended as a tool for those who touch the lives of medically needy dependent children. While some of this information is specific to “court-active” children, much is applicable to a wide group of children with special medical needs
Child Custody Action: Basic Steps in the Process
Brochure outlining how to obtain custody of a child.
Re-opening Your CYF Case
Did you leave CYF and change your mind? Do you need help now? If leaving care wasn't the best decision for you the law now allows you to ask the court to reopen your case until you are 21 years old.
Know Your Rights: A Brochure for Youth in Foster Care in PA
Rights are things that are guaranteed to you by law and regulation. When you have a right to a certain service or a way of being treated, a judge can make sure that you get what the law requires. Your rights are also tools to help advocate for yourself.
Know Your Rights: Extended Foster Care & Re-entry in PA
Information for youth wanting to stay in foster care after turning 18 and information for youth who have left care and want to return.
Know Your Rights: A Guide for Youth in Substitute Care in PA
This is a guide for dependent youth in out-of-home care in Pennsylvania. Youth in care have all the same wants, needs, and hopes for the future that all youth have. If you are a youth in care you have rights to assistance and protection. This guide will provide you with information about your rights while you are in care.
Expungement is a legal process by which your juvenile record is erased and no one can see it. Your juvenile delinquency record is not confidential or sealed. Your record does not automatically go away when you turn 18. This handy brochure will explain what juvenile charges can and what juvenile charges cannot be removed from your record and who to contact to expunge your juvenile record.
Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act & Activities and Experiences for Children in Out-of-Home Placement Act
This new act signed into law in 2015 defines sex trafficking, normalcy for children in out-of-home placements, case planning for youth ages 14 and over in care, and changes to Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement (APPLA).
I Need a Car & Other Forms of Transportation
Are you looking for a car to get to work or to school? OR Do you have medical assistance and need transportation to non-emergency medical appointments? This resource guide may be for you!
Do you live in Allegheny county and are on Medical Assistance, UPMC For You, Gateway Or Unison MEDPLUs and need to see a doctor, dentist, therapist or pharmacist. Then, you are entitled to FREE public transportation to get to your appointments.
ICU Baby--Travelers Aid
ICU Baby is a program designed to provide low-income mothers/primary care givers with transportation assistance to facilitate visits while their infant remains in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Mobile Moms A Prenatal Transportation Program -- Travelers Aid
FREE Transportation to help pregnant women visit their doctors. There are no income requirements.
Basic Definitions: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression
This document outlines definitions of common terms and concepts. People may use and interpret these words differently and this list is not exhaustive, so this resource should serve as a guide, but is not intended to be an official glossary of LGBTQ-related terms.
What the LGBTQ Community Needs to Know brochure
This brochure explains what you, as an LGBTQ person or family seeking services has a right to, what discrimination may look like, and what to do if you believe you have experienced discrimination.
Here is a short list of programs and services for LGBTQ youth and families in Allegheny county.
Helping Families of Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs.
The Education Law Center
A statewide legal advocacy group whose mission is to ensure that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to quality public schools.
The Disability Rights Network
Advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
HelpLine at United Way...211
Information & referral services providing problem solving and referrals to over 8500 health and human services.
Allegheny County Information/Referral/Emergency Services
412-350-4457... 24-Hour service for help with mental health, intellectual disability, and drug and alcohol emergencies.
Keep Kids Safe PA.gov
This website, KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov, is designed to serve as the hub for information related to critical components impacting child protection including a link for mandated reporters to make reports of suspected child abuse electronically, training on child abuse recognition and reporting, information related to clearances and general information related to child protection. This website also details who needs clearances and how to submit them online.
Steel City Safe & HealthShack
Steel City Safe is the new DHS webstie with content created by youth. This link will also take you to HealthShack. HealthShack provides HIPPA-secured electronic health record, to store critical documents (social security card, birth certificate, leases, medical records, etc) that are easy to lose when moving a whole lot or when it is hard to find a safe, secure spot to keep them.
Dress for Success
Click this link for information on how woman may obtain clothing for a job interview as well as assistance with the job interview process.
Useful Phone Numbers
The Special Education Consult Line
A toll-free help line 1-800-879-2301 (Voice/TTY/TDD)
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's ChildLine 1-800-932-0313
Pennsylvania statewide confidential number to report abuse and neglect of children staffed 24 hours a day.
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4456
The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.
Directors Action Line (DAL) 1-800-862-6783
The purpose of the DAL is to provide a personal response to individuals who have questions, concerns, or complaints about any child welfare service or DHS-contracted provider of child welfare services. The DAL is staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
re:solve Crisis Network
1-888-YOU-CAN or 1-888-796-8226... Answers 24 hours per day for emergency mental health counseling and access to mobile mental health assistance, walk-in service available.
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)
1-866-363-7273... 24-Hour crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault. www.paar.net
Family Resources Warmline
412-641-4546.... 1-877-WARMLYN or 1-877-927-6596 Confidential supporting telephone counseling for any non-medical parenting concern. www.familyresourcesofpa.org
Family Division Client Services Center 412-402-6677
If you need: 1. Someone to listen to what brings you to court and give you information about the options you have to fix that issue 2. If you want to work on your case on your own but need just a little bit of help 3. Offers some legal advice or assistance after hearing your options