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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