For Pregnant Women

12 06, 2019

Winners of the AFTH Birth Parent Scholarship Fund: Where are they now?

By |2019-06-11T14:27:35-04:00June 12th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women, News & Announcements|Comments Off on Winners of the AFTH Birth Parent Scholarship Fund: Where are they now?

AFTH is currently accepting Birth Parent Scholarship Fund applications for those wishing to pursue a higher education in the Fall 2019 semester.  All applications for the upcoming fall semester are due no later than July 1, 2019. In the meantime read on to see what some of our past Birth Parent Scholarship recipients have been [...]

5 06, 2019

Introducing AFTH’s New Domestic Program Manager- Jenna Smith, BSW

By |2019-06-11T12:07:34-04:00June 5th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women, News & Announcements|Comments Off on Introducing AFTH’s New Domestic Program Manager- Jenna Smith, BSW

While AFTH is sad to say we are losing a valuable member of our team, Ashley Kodet, we are excited for her new role where she will be continuing to make an impact in the world of adoption. We are also excited to announce Jenna Smith of AFTH’s Allentown Office as Ashley’s successor as Domestic [...]

29 05, 2019

A Birth Parent’s Guide to Facing Post-Placement Feelings: Grief

By |2019-05-29T13:49:28-04:00May 29th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on A Birth Parent’s Guide to Facing Post-Placement Feelings: Grief

The healthiest way for birth parents to manage their feelings post-placement is to not suppress them. There is no denying that birth parents will go through waves of grief, anger and regret. In this series of blog posts , we will go over ways to cope and address the post-placement blues. The first step to [...]

15 05, 2019

Adoption Laws and Regulations in the State of Pennsylvania

By |2019-05-15T15:27:32-04:00May 15th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on Adoption Laws and Regulations in the State of Pennsylvania

Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH) would like to take a minute to share the rules of regulations of adoption in Pennsylvania. AFTH currently has a network of social workers serving areas in and around Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. The agency headquarters is located in Wynnewood, PA. Now let's dive in to to the rules and [...]

8 05, 2019

Can I Still Make An Adoption Plan If My Baby was Exposed to Drugs In Utero?

By |2019-05-06T15:34:25-04:00May 8th, 2019|Adoptions, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on Can I Still Make An Adoption Plan If My Baby was Exposed to Drugs In Utero?

Our social workers are here to support women through any challenge they face during pregnancy. These challenges do not exclude substance abuse of drugs and alcohol. AFTH has a waiting list of approved adoptive parents who have gone through educational training courses about drug and alcohol exposure in utero. This is why it is critical [...]

19 04, 2019

Celebrating Birth Mothers This Upcoming May

By |2019-04-19T10:58:29-04:00April 19th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on Celebrating Birth Mothers This Upcoming May

Mother’s Day is a special day to honor the woman in your life who has raised and cared for you throughout the years. One of the many benefits of open adoption is that it allows the possibility for all parties to form a relationship. When the birth parents and adoptive parents work together in a [...]

10 04, 2019

Adopting A Child On The Autism Spectrum: Key signs for early intervention

By |2019-04-05T14:40:52-04:00April 10th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on Adopting A Child On The Autism Spectrum: Key signs for early intervention

The Autism Society held the first National Autism Awareness month in April 1970. The purpose of National Autism Awareness month is to educate others about autism spectrum disorders. During the 70s and 80s 1 out of every 2,000 children were diagnosed with autism. Today the CDC reports that 1 in every 59 children are somewhere [...]

3 04, 2019

The Unheard Voice Of A Birth Mother: Introducing Mary

By |2019-03-19T13:38:52-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on The Unheard Voice Of A Birth Mother: Introducing Mary

Mary's Journey Nobody ever “chooses” to face an unplanned pregnancy. As a woman, finding out you are pregnant unexpectedly can be scary, overwhelming and even confusing. Finding the right support to allow yourself to make a conscious decision about what is in the best interest of that child is crucial. Choosing adoption is not an [...]

20 03, 2019

How Late Is Too Late To Make An Adoption Plan?

By |2019-03-18T15:48:47-04:00March 20th, 2019|Adoptions, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on How Late Is Too Late To Make An Adoption Plan?

Sometimes expecting parents do not realize they are well, expecting until they are past the 24 week mark. There are many reasons why a woman could mistake the typical signs of pregnancy for something else. Before passing judgement, check out this article from Bustle “5 Reasons Women Can Be Pregnant & Not Know It.” What [...]

13 03, 2019

How Do I Know If My Baby Will Be Safe With Their Adoptive Family?

By |2019-03-07T15:33:31-04:00March 13th, 2019|Adoptions, For Adoptive Parents, For Pregnant Women|Comments Off on How Do I Know If My Baby Will Be Safe With Their Adoptive Family?

As an expecting parent it is easy to feel like you are “taking a leap of faith” picking your child’s adoptive family. An expecting parent may like that the prospective adoptive parents can provide the baby opportunities, necessities that they can not offer their baby at the given moment. However, it is not uncommon for [...]