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For years, abc27's Valerie Pritchett has worked with the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) and the PA Adoption Exchange to place waiting children with adoptive parents.

So far, 46% of Val's Kids have been placed. And we're not done yet...

Please watch Val's Kids on Wednesday during the 7pm news. It repeats on the Sunday 6pm news as well. Perhaps you can open your heart and home to one of Val's Kids!

For more information on SWAN and the PA Adoption Exchange, visit www.adoptpakids.org or call 1-800-585-SWAN (7926).


Valerie Pritchett anchors abc27 News Live at Five and abc27 News at 7pm.

A project close to Val's heart is Val's Kids. Val's Kids features children in foster care who, through the Statewide Adoption Network, are looking for permanent homes.

A community volunteer, Valerie is the honorary co-chair for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, and the honorary chair for Daffodil Days events. She assists The Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania,  The American Literacy Corporation, and many other non profit organizations. Valerie is also a member of the United Way Women's Leadership Network.



The Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) is a partnership among the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), the Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, public and private adoption agencies, organizations, advocates, judges, the legal community, and foster and adoptive parents. The network is administered by DPW through a prime contractor. As the mission statement reflects, the purpose is to build a better collaborative adoption process in Pennsylvania.

The SWAN program serves children in the custody of county children and youth agencies. The design of the network is to support the work of county agencies in expediting permanency services. The children featured in the Photo Album are some of our children waiting to be adopted.
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  • Jimmy

    Jimmy

    Jimmy

    Thursday, September 11 2014 2:02 PM EDT2014-09-11 18:02:46 GMT
    Jimmy is a quiet and reserved teen who who enjoys sports and outdoor activities. We spent some time at Lakeside Marine in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. Capital Area Bassmasters member and semi pro fisherman Jermell Fleming showed Jimmy how to reel in a catch. Jimmy, who has spent years in foster care, wants a forever family."Jimmy's been in foster care for 3 years since he was 11 years old he is now 14. We think Jimmy would do well with a two parent family. A family who would pull hi...More >>
    Jimmy is a quiet and reserved teen who who enjoys sports and outdoor activities. We spent some time at Lakeside Marine in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County. Capital Area Bassmasters member and semi pro fisherman Jermell Fleming showed Jimmy how to reel in a catch. Jimmy, who has spent years in foster care, wants a forever family."Jimmy's been in foster care for 3 years since he was 11 years old he is now 14. We think Jimmy would do well with a two parent family. A family who would pull hi...More >>
  • Jaxon

    Jaxon

    Jaxon

    Friday, September 5 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-09-05 15:14:56 GMT
    Jaxon is a 15 year old who looks forward to a career in law enforcement. "I want to be a cop" said Jaxon.Jaxon spent some time with Susquehanna Township Police Department's Officer Chris Croft. "Jaxon is just polite and well mannered and he is very charming and has a lot of goals and aspirations for himself" said , Child Specific Recruitment Worker Gail Tranbaugh.In fact, in five years Jaxon sees himself one step closer to his dream job. "In college doing criminal justice" said Jaxon. But fir...More >>
    Jaxon is a 15 year old who looks forward to a career in law enforcement. "I want to be a cop" said Jaxon.Jaxon spent some time with Susquehanna Township Police Department's Officer Chris Croft. "Jaxon is just polite and well mannered and he is very charming and has a lot of goals and aspirations for himself" said , Child Specific Recruitment Worker Gail Tranbaugh.In fact, in five years Jaxon sees himself one step closer to his dream job. "In college doing criminal justice" said Jaxon. But fir...More >>
  • Khalil

    Khalil

    Khalil

    Monday, June 23 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-06-23 14:33:15 GMT
    A sweet day at the sweetest place on earth for Khalil. The 15 year old became part of the herd. Harrisburg Stampede players gave him some one on one time a the Ice Palace where they gather to practice."I think it's fun and exciting visiting them" said Khalil. The teen wants to be a pro football player when he grows up "A quarter back or a wide receiver."Khalil does well in school. "I'm good in school. The lowest grade I had was an 86." The teen hopes to become part of a family team, permanent...More >>
    A sweet day at the sweetest place on earth for Khalil. The 15 year old became part of the herd. Harrisburg Stampede players gave him some one on one time a the Ice Palace where they gather to practice."I think it's fun and exciting visiting them" said Khalil. The teen wants to be a pro football player when he grows up "A quarter back or a wide receiver."Khalil does well in school. "I'm good in school. The lowest grade I had was an 86." The teen hopes to become part of a family team, permanent...More >>
  • Stephen

    Stephen

    Stephen

    Thursday, May 8 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-05-08 14:39:42 GMT
    17 year old Stephen is this week's Val's Kid . Stephen enjoys working on cars. We visited Dauphin County Technical School's automotive class so he could get some hands on experience "I like cars, I like engines." said Stephen.Stephen is hoping to make cars his career "I want to work on muscle cars and exotic cars where I can do a lot of work to them and put a lot of money into them. I'm going to go trade school. I'm thinking about Lincoln Technical Institute. I want to have my own business." ...More >>
    17 year old Stephen is this week's Val's Kid . Stephen enjoys working on cars. We visited Dauphin County Technical School's automotive class so he could get some hands on experience "I like cars, I like engines." said Stephen.Stephen is hoping to make cars his career "I want to work on muscle cars and exotic cars where I can do a lot of work to them and put a lot of money into them. I'm going to go trade school. I'm thinking about Lincoln Technical Institute. I want to have my own business." ...More >>
  • Michael

    Michael

    Michael

    Thursday, May 1 2014 3:44 PM EDT2014-05-01 19:44:38 GMT
    Michael is a teen on a mission. The 16 soon to be 17 year old is looking for a forever family here in the Midstate. This week's Val's Kid wants to work in the hair and fashion world one day. He visited Dauphin County Technical Schools cosmetology class. "There are so many things I want to be partly a professional cosmetologist and a fashion business owner in New York and Paris" said Michael. The teen is looking forward to a bright future and wants a forever family to help him on his journey.H...More >>
    Michael is a teen on a mission. The 16 soon to be 17 year old is looking for a forever family here in the Midstate. This week's Val's Kid wants to work in the hair and fashion world one day. He visited Dauphin County Technical Schools cosmetology class. "There are so many things I want to be partly a professional cosmetologist and a fashion business owner in New York and Paris" said Michael. The teen is looking forward to a bright future and wants a forever family to help him on his journey.H...More >>
  • Terrel

    Terrel

    Thursday, March 20 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-03-20 14:09:28 GMT
    A dream come true for Terrel. He is a big wrestling fan. Terrel made a visit to the Ultimate Wrestling Experience in Harrisburg and enjoyed some one on one ring time with the co-owner, Travis Shirk. SoMore >>
    A dream come true for Terrel. He is a big wrestling fan. Terrel made a visit to the Ultimate Wrestling Experience in Harrisburg and enjoyed some one on one ring time with the co-owner, Travis Shirk. SoMore >>
  • Jaril

    Jaril

    Thursday, March 13 2014 9:22 AM EDT2014-03-13 13:22:41 GMT
    Jaril hit the lanes at Red Crown Bowling in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. This soft spoken teen shares his favorite feature "My smile" said Jaril. The 13 year old does well in school and loves math,More >>
    Jaril hit the lanes at Red Crown Bowling in Swatara Township, Dauphin County. This soft spoken teen shares his favorite feature "My smile" said Jaril. The 13 year old does well in school and loves math,More >>
  • Miguel

    Miguel

    Monday, March 10 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-03-10 13:31:00 GMT
    One on one animal time for Miguel. Miguel got up close and personal with some of Zoo America's residents. "Miguel is a great kid. He's very energetic and likes to play basketball. He likes to make foodMore >>
    One on one animal time for Miguel. Miguel got up close and personal with some of Zoo America's residents. "Miguel is a great kid. He's very energetic and likes to play basketball. He likes to make foodMore >>
  • Tim - 12/18/13

    Tim - 12/18/13

    Thursday, December 19 2013 11:49 AM EST2013-12-19 16:49:24 GMT
    Tim a great teen who is really looking forward to becoming part of a permanent family. Tim enjoys fishing and spent some time in Western Pennsylvania enjoying his favorite pass time. "It's just catchingMore >>
    Tim a great teen who enjoys the outdoors, and is really looking forward to becoming part of a permanent family.More >>
  • Lizzie - 12/11/13

    Lizzie - 12/11/13

    Tuesday, December 17 2013 11:50 AM EST2013-12-17 16:50:11 GMT
    This is a sweet day for Lizzie, who spent time with a caterer. She enjoys baking. Her favorite part of this visit? "Making the chocolate cake," said Lizzie. In fact, she hopes to make a lot of dough oneMore >>
    This is a sweet day for Lizzie, who spent time with a caterer. She enjoys baking. Her favorite part of this visit? "Making the chocolate cake," said Lizzie. In fact, she hopes to make a lot of dough oneMore >>
  • Meet the abc27 News Team

    Valerie Pritchett

    Valerie Pritchett

    Valerie Pritchett anchors abc27 News "Live at Five" and abc27 News at 7 p.m. In addition to her anchoring duties, Valerie also reports.A project close to her heart is "Val's Kids," which features childrenMore >>
    Valerie Pritchett anchors abc27 News "Live at Five" and abc27 News at 7 p.m. In addition to her anchoring duties, Valerie also reports.More >>
  • Tracy - 11/27/13

    Tracy - 11/27/13

    Monday, December 9 2013 3:42 PM EST2013-12-09 20:42:32 GMT
    A Pennsylvania child is looking for a family to call her own. Meet Tracy. The 12 year old likes music from Christian country to pop. Tracy is a fan of volleyball, basketball, and football. In fact, sheMore >>
    A Pennsylvania child is looking for a family to call her own. Meet Tracy. The 12 year old likes music from Christian country to pop. More >>
  • Alyssa - 11/20/13

    Alyssa - 11/20/13

    Monday, December 9 2013 3:38 PM EST2013-12-09 20:38:46 GMT
    This week's Val's Kid is Alyssa "She loves going to interact with all the different people" said Caseworker Abi Aswegen. Alyssa is a social butterfly. This teen has many talents. "I like to do arts stuff..likeMore >>
    Alyssa is a social butterfly. This teen has many talents. "She loves going to interact with all the different people."
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  • November is National Adoption Month - Daymara 11/13/13

    November is National Adoption Month - Daymara 11/13/13

    Monday, December 9 2013 3:24 PM EST2013-12-09 20:24:49 GMT
  • Michael - 12/4/13

    Michael - 12/4/13

    Monday, December 9 2013 2:54 PM EST2013-12-09 19:54:52 GMT
    Michael enjoyed a fun day at Chuck E. Cheese in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.  " He has a very sweet smile if you can capture that you can see how his smile is really great" said Case Worker KarenMore >>
    Michael, from Harrisburg, loves fast machines and computers, and is looking for a forever family.
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  • 6/19/13 - Nasir

    6/19/13 - Nasir

    Friday, December 6 2013 1:28 PM EST2013-12-06 18:28:16 GMT
    Nicere is Hershey Park happy. The teen describes himself. "I'm determined, and I'm funny" said Nicere. His humor shows when it comes to rollercoasters. "You might hear me scream like a little girl onceMore >>
    Nasir is Hershey Park happy. The teen describes himself. "I'm determined, and I'm funny" said Nasir. His humor shows when it comes to rollercoasters.More >>
  • Tyler - 7/31/13

    Tyler - 7/31/13

    Friday, August 2 2013 1:37 PM EDT2013-08-02 17:37:10 GMT
    Clark Creek in Middle Paxton Township is a hit with Tyler. This teen enjoys the great outdoors. "I like walking in the woods cause there's lots of stuff to look at," said Tyler. Tyler is very inquisitiveMore >>
    Clark Creek in Middle Paxton Township is a hit with Tyler. This teen enjoys the great outdoors.More >>
  • 6/26/13: David

    6/26/13: David

    Tuesday, July 9 2013 10:50 AM EDT2013-07-09 14:50:11 GMT
    David is a sweet kid who is looking for a forever family."David is a very sweet young man, very quiet, doesn't say a whole lot. He again is very polite. And he still has a little bit of that little boyMore >>
    David is a sweet kid who is looking for a forever family.More >>
  • 6/12/13 - Amira

    6/12/13 - Amira

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:47 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:47:05 GMT
    Amira's enjoying a one on one tour of Zoo America in Derry Township, Dauphin County. A fun stop, the Prairie Dogs. Amira loves to chat. "What I like to do is go to fun places, take pictures, dress up nice,More >>
    Amira's enjoying a one on one tour of Zoo America in Derry Township, Dauphin County. A fun stop, the Prairie Dogs. Amira loves to chat.More >>
  • Katelyn - 5/10/13

    Katelyn - 5/10/13

    Friday, May 17 2013 3:58 PM EDT2013-05-17 19:58:30 GMT
    This week's Val's Kid is Katelyn.Suited up and ready to grill with Chef John Reis at the Hilton Harrisburg. On the menu, her favorite food..."Shrimp!" said Katelyn, who enjoys fun new experiences. "I really likeMore >>
    Suited up and ready to grill with Chef John Reis at the Hilton Harrisburg. On the menu, her favorite food..."Shrimp!" said Katelyn, who enjoys fun new experiences. More >>
  • Michael - 4/10/13

    Michael - 4/10/13

    Tuesday, April 23 2013 9:32 AM EDT2013-04-23 13:32:18 GMT
    This week's Val's Kid, Michael, is a fan of sports, Especially football."I'm a huge New York Yankees Fan...I like football I like the Philadelphia Eagles "said Michael. On this day, he gets to play withMore >>
    This week's Val's Kid, Michael, is a fan of sports, Especially football.

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  • Tayron - 4/3/13

    Tayron - 4/3/13

    Tuesday, April 23 2013 9:28 AM EDT2013-04-23 13:28:48 GMT
    Meet Tayron. He is a bright 12 year old with a huge personality. The intelligent, inquisitive tween has a zest for life and loves talking about all kinds of topics. Tayron, who has a great sense of humor,More >>
    Meet Tayron. He is a bright 12 year old with a huge personality.More >>
  • Shaq - 2/27/13

    Shaq - 2/27/13

    Friday, March 1 2013 9:54 AM EST2013-03-01 14:54:17 GMT
    A special thanks to our Statewide Adoption Network media partner WBRE for helping us to introduce you to Shaq. He's a loving child who spent some time with a pet therapy group that visits nursing homes.More >>
    A special thanks to our Statewide Adoption Network media partner WBRE for helping us to introduce you to Shaq. He's a loving child who spent some time with a pet therapy group that visits nursing homes.More >>
  • Isaias - 10/10/12

    Isaias - 10/10/12

    Tuesday, December 4 2012 12:01 PM EST2012-12-04 17:01:42 GMT
    This week Val's Kid is Isaias. This young man enjoys outdoor activities and is hoping to find an active family in South Central Pennsylvania. "A mom who takes care of me" said Isaias. Isaias social worker,More >>
    This week Val's Kid is Isaias. This young man enjoys outdoor activities and is hoping to find an active family in South Central Pennsylvania. "A mom who takes care of me" said Isaias. Isaias social worker,More >>
  • Adoption Day, and Brothers John & Chad looking for a home

    Adoption Day, and Brothers John & Chad looking for a home

    Tuesday, November 20 2012 10:08 AM EST2012-11-20 15:08:24 GMT
    November is national adoption month. This Val's Kid highlights the highlight of many little lives finding permanent families. Dauphin County Courthouse. A place cases are heard. Suspects are tired. VerdictsMore >>
    November is national adoption month. This Val's Kid highlights the highlight of many little lives finding permanent families.More >>
  • Jabril, seeks loving family for adoption

    Jabril, seeks loving family for adoption

    Tuesday, September 11 2012 4:52 PM EDT2012-09-11 20:52:13 GMT
    Jabril has been in foster care for years. He hopes to one day be adopted by a loving family. Jabril is a great student and his two favorite subjects are reading and math. When he grows up, he wants toMore >>
    Jabril has been in foster care for years. He hopes to one day be adopted by a loving family. Jabril is a great student and his two favorite subjects are reading and math. More >>
  • Glenn - 8/8/12

    Glenn - 8/8/12

    Monday, August 13 2012 2:36 PM EDT2012-08-13 18:36:35 GMT
    He's been fortunate enough to be adopted once. But due to some unfortunate events -- Glenn needs a forever family again. He enjoyed a day of play at Whitaker Center. This teen ,who has special needs,More >>
    He's been fortunate enough to be adopted once. But due to some unfortunate events -- Glenn needs a forever family again. He enjoyed a day of play at Whitaker Center. This teen ,who has special needs,More >>
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