Allegheny County Child Welfare Chief Marc Cherna to Retire
One of the most respected county human services directors in the country is calling it quits after a quarter-century of service to the children and families of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County. When Marc Cherna first came to work in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County’s child welfare system was floundering.
Pennsylvania County Fills Foster Family Gap with Relatives
As jurisdictions across the country scramble to find enough foster homes, one Pennsylvania county has found success by relying on relative caregivers. In Allegheny County, home to the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, a unique partnership with a private agency has led to a special emphasis on placing children with family or close family friends, yielding benefits across the child protective services system.