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Adoptions From The Heart is a private, 501 C-3 non-profit, non-sectarian adoption agency, licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia and Connecticut.

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Let us help you build the family you’ve been dreaming of. Adoptions from the Heart has placed over 6,000 infants and toddlers in loving homes since our founding in 1985.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Services are provided to clients without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age or limited English proficiency.

History of Adoptions From The HeartOver 30 Years of Experience

Adoptions From The Heart was founded in 1985 by Maxine Chalker, our Executive Director. Maxine, herself an adoptee, wanted to give adoption a new face by breaking down the barriers and taking some of the mystery out of the adoption process. Keeping in mind the needs of all the members of the adoption triad, (birth parents, adoptive parents, and adopted children) she opened the first “open” adoption agency in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area.

Open Adoption

Open adoption offered expecting parents the ability to create a plan for their unborn children. Allowing expecting parents to choose the family that they would want to raise their children, she took some of the fear and taboo out of adoption. Birth parents are encouraged to write a letter to their child explaining why they chose adoption helping their children answer important questions when they grow up and feel less like they were abandoned.

Adopted children placed through open adoption have more information on their backgrounds (medical history, who their birth parents are, why they were placed for adoption), which enables them to feel more complete.

Adoptive parents who adopt through open adoption meet the birth parents of their child and can offer information to their children about them as they grow up by answering questions that will allow them to grow up without the strong feelings of loss that a lot of children who are placed through closed adoptions feel.

International Adoption

As the years passed, Adoptions From The Heart recognized that there were not enough women choosing adoption in the United States. Knowing that more and more families were looking toward adoption to create their families Adoptions From the Heart added international adoption programs to help families accomplish their dreams.

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Since 1985, The Mission of Adoptions From The Heart has been to provide safe, loving homes for children and offer comprehensive, high-quality services to adoptive families, birth parents, and children.


Mission, vision, values

Adoptions From The Heart strives to be a leader in the field of adoption and family building.

Core Values


  • Communication – Listen well, be clear, respectful and inspiring
  • Honesty – Be truthful and sincere
  • Opportunity – Opportunity for growth and development
  • Integrity – Make decisions that are consistent with the agency mission
  • Creativity – Use imagination to transcend traditional ideas and create meaningful new ideas
  • Equality – Treat all clients, employees, and their families with respect and dignity regardless of race, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, income level or title.
  • Support – Support of women’s rights with regard to family planning.

Why Choose AFTH?

Adoptions From The Heart finds safe and loving homes for children by providing quality, comprehensive services to adoptive parents, birth parents, and children.

A commitment to client service makes Adoptions From The Heart an exceptional adoption agency. We recognize that the needs of prospective adoptive parents

Why Choose Adoptions From The Heart

differ. Each need is addressed individually through flexible, comprehensive programs administered by professionals and experts in our adoption programs.

AFTH has been successfully placing children for more than 25 years. We are committed to placing children with the best family for his/her particular needs.

AFTH provides humanitarian aid for orphans and financial help to birth families with children still in their care.

AFTH is a licensed, nonsectarian, 501 C-3 non-profit agency licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Virginia and Connecticut .

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