Adoption Agency Services In Central Pennsylvania
Adoptions From The Heart and its team of compassionate adoption professionals have provided a comprehensive range of adoption services to pregnant women, prospective adoptive parents and, most importantly, children since 1985. In that time, we’ve helped build 6,000 beautiful families.
Adoption Agency – Are You Pregnant & Unsure Of Your Options?
Our Team Of Adoption Specialists Is Here To Help Birth Mothers
Legal Assistance Available
Medical Care For Both Mother and Child Available
Database Of Prospective Parents Available For Review
At the center of our adoption services for pregnant women is caring, confidential counseling. Our Lancaster adoption staff is here to guide women and families expecting in their options before, during, and after placement. Available 24 / 7, our compassionate counselors seek to ensure that you are fully aware of all of your options and choose the appropriate ones for you and your child.
In the event that your choice is adoption with us, Adoptions From The Heart’s caring staff will pursue all relevant insurance matters. If you have insurance, we’ll file your claims for you. If not, we will help you find coverage, or cover any prenatal hospital bills.
Interested in learning more? Check out our “Services for Pregnant Women” page.
Non-Profit Organization – Helping To Build Families One Child At A Time
Child Adoption Agency Helping Individuals & Couples With The Domestic Adoption Process
Home Study Assistance
Information On How To Pay For Adoption
Adoption Services For Prospective Adoptive Parents
Want to find out more about adopting in Lancaster, PA? Our staff aids in both international and domestic adoptions, administering home studies and thoroughly informing families in all aspects of the adoption process.
Throughout the U.S., 1 in 25 families has an adopted child whether through domestic or international adoption. AFTH, which has been in operation since 1985, is proud to be one of the first adoption agencies in Pennsylvania to offer open adoption.
Although many prospective parents believe that domestic adoption is nearly impossible, the reality is that more than 18,000 infants are placed every single year and our adoption team is ready to help.
You can find other resources for prospective adoptive parents in Lancaster, PA below:
- International Adoption Home Studies
- Adoption Assistance Services
- Learning Center for Adoptive Parents
Other Adoption Services In Lancaster, PA
Our adoptee services program offers ongoing counseling and education to AFTH adoptees.
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Not Located In Lancaster? We Can Still Help!
Our team can help anyone in the Central Pennsylvania area and in the past, we’ve helped build families in:
- Mifflin County (Lewistown, Kistler, Burnham, Hawstone)
- Franklin County (Chambersburg, Mont Alto, Scottland, Shady Grove)
- Adams County (New Oxford, Biglerville, Gardners, Cashtown)
- Dauphin County (Harrisburg, Grantville, Halifax, Fort Hunter)
- Cumberland County (Carlisle, Newville, Shippensburg, Camp Hill)
Local Resources For A Growing Family
Central Dauphin School District
600 Rutherford Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Harrisburg School District
1601 State St
Harrisburg, PA 17103
Chambersburg Area School District
435 Stanley Ave
Chambersburg, PA 17201
111 S Front St
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Lancaster General Hospital
555 N Duke St
Lancaster, PA 17602
Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
400 Highland Ave
Lewistown, PA 17044
Fun Things To Do In Central PA
100 Hersheypark Dr
Hershey, PA 17033
National Civil War Museum
1 Lincoln Cir
Harrisburg, PA 17103
Indian Echo Caverns
368 Middletown Rd
Hummelstown, PA 17063
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Latest Harrisburg and Pennsylvania Updates
By Marilyn Rich
October 16, 2017 – National Honors Awarded To Family For Their Efforts In Adoption
The Schaeffer family from Janesville, WI was nominated by Rep. Paul Ryan (R) and has received the national honor of being Angels in Adoption. The family was honored in Washington D.C. last month but reported that they almost did not attend the event because adopting was never about recognition and honor to them. Once the family discovered they would have the opportunity to speak to Congress about the challenges of adopting they were sure to attend and take advantage of the rare opportunity. The family has adopted 6 children with special needs and used the time in front of Congress to bring awareness to the need for more foster parents and the need for training for foster and adoptive parents.
September 27, 2017 -Michigan Is Being Sued After Gay Couples Are Rejected For Adoption
Michigan is being sued for illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who wish to adopt children or become foster parents. The American Civil Liberties stated this in a lawsuit challenging the practice. The ACLU stated that Michigan is violating the U.S. Constitution by permitting groups like Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services to use a religious test to carry out public services. A law was signed in 2015 by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, that states child-placement agencies are not required to provide services that are in conflict with their beliefs.
August 24, 2017- Interracial Adoption Is Notably On The Rise
According to new research from the Institute for Family Studies, the proportion of kindergartners who are adopted and being raised by a mother of a different race or ethnic group, increased by 50 percent between 1999 and 2011. One author and researcher alludes this to the teenage pregnancy and birth rates being low in the US and the decrease of available infants to adopt internationally, connecting those reasons with interracial adoption being an adoption option for more families now. For more information and reasons behind this increase read more here.
July 28, 2017- PA Lawmaker Pushes For More Relatives To Adopt Children
A PA lawmaker is pushing for legislation that aims to allow more relatives to adopt children who are taken into state custody. State Child Welfare Officials are believed to be blocking relatives from adopting children of their family members. The roadblocks are a nationwide issue that hinders more relatives and family members from engaging with the idea of taking kids out of foster care. Congressmen Smucker and Representative Sewell are sponsoring the legislation that passed the House last month. The legislation would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to create new adoption guidelines for states.
June 29, 2017- One-Time Adoption Bonuses To Be Awarded To Charter School Employees
In Lakeland, Florida, employees of charter and virtual schools have won the right to take advantage of a one-time bonus for adopting children from Florida’s foster care system. This has been made possible by a bill that was signed into a law by Gov. Rick Scott early this month. The bill amends Florida Statute 409.1664 which provides $10,000 for each adopted child. The bonus will be available to certain state employees as well as teachers. Before this amendment was made, employees of charter and virtual schools were excluded from adoption bonuses.
May 30, 2017- Father Thanks Adopted Daughter For Not Giving Up Searching For Him
A woman who was adopted 40 years ago as a baby, spent 21 years looking for her birth parents. The woman was found outside of Prince Rupert Regional Hospital wrapped in a green blanket. She asked for birth records as soon as it was legal to do so, in search of her parents. Unfortunately, the paper she received did not have a lot of information she could use. She searched hospital records, shared her story with reporters and made public appeals for more information. She finally published her story on Rupertsbaby.com and a man emailed her with a story similar to her own which led to the revelation that it was her half-sibling. Meeting her half sibling led to knowing the name of her birth mother and she eventually learned some of the people her mother had dated. She searched through yearbooks after she knew the name of one the men her mother dated, which led to getting a full name and phone number. She called him and thought she may have found her father. A paternity test revealed she had. Her father had no idea she existed.
April 28, 2017- Family Overjoyed After Adopting A Little Girl With No Limbs
A family from West Jordan in Utah has received national attention after a blog post about their adoptive daughter went viral. You can read the post here. The couple adopted a 3-year-old girl from the Philippines who was born with no limbs. Her condition is called congenital limb difference. The couple had not planned to adopt a child with special needs, but they instantly fell in love with Maria when they first saw her picture. They ended up adopting her a year and a half later. The parents state that their daughter is full of personality, full of joy and light, and they wake up every day with smiling because of her. Maria is the second child the couple adopted from the Philippines and they have two other biological children.
March 24, 2017- New Bill Under Consideration For Grandparents To Know About Adoption
A new bill called House Bill 1245 is being introduced in Indiana to allow grandparents to receive notification of a child’s adoption. The bill came about after a grandparent was denied visitation of a grandchild being adopted. The intention of the bill is to allow grandparents to be notified and have the opportunity to choose whether they want to petition the courts for visitation of their grandchild.
February 28, 2017- The Changing Landscape Of Adoptions
The adoption landscape is believed to have changed over the last few years and it could be impacting families looking to adopt. Domestically, there a fewer single mothers that are putting their babies up for adoption. One of the reasons why this is happening is due to the fact that there is less of a stigma attached with single women raising children on their way. In addition, private infant adoptions have declined in the United States almost nine-fold since the early 1970s. To date, there are about 14,000 private adoptions a year.
September 12th, 2016 – Preparations For National Adoption Day Are Underway
November 19th is National Adoption Day and throughout the state of Pennsylvania, plans are underway to promote awareness and educate the public about adoption. To learn more, check this out National Adoption Day
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