Adoption Agency – Helping Create Families In New Jersey
Connecting Newborns With Prospective Parents
Domestic Adoption Services Provided For More Than 30 Years
Helping Prospective Parents Identify Adoption Expenses Assitance
Providing Adoptees With Lifelong Support
The adoption professionals at Adoptions From The Heart have served as compassionate counselors and trusted advocates for New Jersey’s adoption community for decades. From our adoption office in Cherry Hill, we offer numerous services to pregnant women, their children, and prospective adoptive parents in New Jersey.
We provide professional adoption services to individuals and families throughout the entire State of New Jersey including, but not limited to those in:
- Camden County (Cherry Hill, NJ / Ashland, NJ / Gloucester City, NJ / Camden, NJ)
- Bergen County (Hackensack, NJ / Fort Lee, NJ / Fair Lawn, NJ / Garfield, NJ / Englewood, NJ)
- Middlesex County (Edison, NJ / Woodbridge, NJ / Old Bridge, NJ / New Brunswick, NJ)
- Essex County (Newark, NJ / East Orange, NJ / Irvington, NJ / Bloomfield, NJ)
- Ocean County (Toms River, NJ / Brick Township, NJ / Lakewood, NJ / Jackson Township, NJ)
- Hudson County (Jersey City, NJ / Union City, NJ / Bayonne, NJ / Hoboken, NJ)
Services Offered To Prospective Adoptive Parents In New Jersey
Looking to adopt in New Jersey? Adoptions From The Heart offers prospective adoptive parents with domestic and international placement services, giving families in-depth counseling, conducting home studies, and facilitating all aspects of the adoption process.
Looking for more resources on adoption in Cherry Hill? Visit the pages listed below:
- Domestic Adoption
- International Adoption Home Studies
- Learning Center for Adoptive Parents
- Adoption Assistance Services
Non-Profit Organization – Building Families Since 1985
Helping Birth Mothers Navigate The Adoption Process
Profiles Of Waiting Families Provided For Birth Mother Review
Educational Scholarship Program Offered
Support Group Available
Services For Pregnant Women In NJ
For pregnant women in the New Jersey area, AFTH’s office offers complete counseling, from personalized advice to comprehensive guidance. We can also manage the adoption process from start to finish, with care, compassion, and expertise.
The trademark of AFTH’s adoption services for pregnant women is our compassionate counseling. Our professionals help pregnant women in New Jersey consider their options, 24 / 7, before, during, and after placement. Our mission is to ensure that you make the right choices for your child and yourself. Our counseling services are always free of charge for pregnant women in New Jersey.
After reviewing your options with our adoption counselors, if you choose adoption with Adoptions From The Heart, we are happy to assist you in finding insurance coverage. If you already have coverage, our Cherry Hill professionals will help you file your claims. Don’t have insurance? We can pay for your prenatal medical expenses.
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Kennedy University Hospital
2201 Chapel Ave W
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Lourdes Urgent Care
1 Brace Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
443 Laurel Oak Rd
Voorhees Township, NJ 08043
Superior Court Family Division
70 Hunter St
Woodbury, NJ 08096
Superior Court Family Division
210 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ 08753
Middlesex County Family Court
120 New St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
School District Offices
Camden City School District Central Office
201 N Front St
Camden, NJ 08102
Kearny School District
172 Midland Ave
Kearny, NJ 07032
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200 Lees Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
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What Our Clients Say About Us
"Adoptions From The Heart provided us with the support we needed. My wife and I would recommend Adoptions From The Heart to anyone. Their kind and compassionate staff always took the time to answer any questions we had, helped us with paperwork, and it was through their dedication and hard work that we found our son, who has made our family complete."Rating: 5.0 ★★★★★
Latest Adoption Updates
By Christopher Peszka
June 7th, 2019 – New Bill Gives Protection To LGBTQ Adopters
A new bill, called the “Every Child Deserves A Family Act” has been proposed. If passed, the bill will prevent any adoption agency that receives federal funding from discriminating based on sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or marital status. The bill would also protect LGBTQ children in the foster system, preventing them from being sent to “conversion therapy” facilities.
April 8th, 2019 – Kenyan Adoption Agencies Fight For International Adoption
In 2014, Kenya banned international adoption from its local adoption agencies. According to reports at the time, the ban was issued so that an internal audit of the Kenyan adoption process could be performed and changes made. However, many Kenyan adoption agencies are stating that the funding available to help children in the country is too low to stop international adoption and that the public has not been involved in the decision-making process regarding adoption laws.
March 4th, 2019 – The UK Is Celebrating LGBTI Adoption and Foster Week
Members of the LGBTI community in the UK are celebrating Adoption and Foster Week from March 3rd to March 10th. This year, the theme is Seven Days of Love. This festival hopes to help break down stereotypes and show that members of this amazing community can parents just as well as their straight counterparts. Many have suggested that a similar celebration should be held in the US.
February 11th, 2019 – The Best Adoption Books Of 2018
In 2018, 21 books were published that may be of interest to adults and children impacted by adoption. These books are written from numerous perspectives, including that of a birth mother, adoptive parent, and adopted child. Check out the full list of 2018 adoption books here.
December 7th, 2018 – Cornell Releases Study Regarding Same-Sex Parents
According to a study performed by Cornell University, children who are raised in same-sex households are just as happy and healthy as those who are raised by heterosexual couples. The study showed that children raised by gay and lesbian parents also performed in school at the same level as children raised by heterosexual couples. Read more about the study.
November 9th, 2018 – New Jersey Celebrates National Adoption Month
Each year, National Adoption Month is celebrated in November. This year, the theme is “In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices“. The theme seeks to educate the public about the work that CASA workers do, men and women who advocate for children that are in foster care.
October 31, 2018 – Missouri Couple Received Assistance From Chip And Joanna Gaines To Adopt Son
One Missouri couple’s dream came true when they received a $16,203 gift that allowed them to adopt a 2-year-old boy with special needs into their family. Jason and Melinda Simmons applied to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ annual program called Chipstarter. The couple made it into the final round of contestants to discover that all of the deserving finalists received money towards their projects and charities. The Simmons family is now able to bring home their son from China with the additional funds they received through the Chipstarter Program.
September 24, 2018 – NJ Representative’s Remarks About Gay Couples Adopting Causes Trouble
NJ Representative Chris Smith found himself explaining comments he made regarding gay couples adopting children, which he claimed were misconstrued. During an interview, he said that one objection he has regarding the topic is that religious groups that oppose same-sex marriages will not be allowed to handle adoptions any longer. In a report that was posted on his opponent’s YouTube account, the Representative appeared to be unsupportive of same-sex adoptions.
August 31, 2018 – Video Goes Viral of Girl’s Reaction To Learning She Is Being Adopted
A beautiful and happy video of a young girl learning she is going to be adopted has gone viral reminding everyone of the beauty and joy that adoptions bring to families. The 10-year-old girl featured in the video had been in foster care for 3 years and will be adopted along with her 2 younger siblings. When the family discovered that reunification with her birth mother was not in the children’s best interest the decision was made to adopt the 3 siblings who couldn’t be happier. While the family intended to adopt months ago the process took some time and the adoption was finalized on August 23.
July 31, 2018 – Kansas May Award State Contracts To Adoption Groups Who Refuse LGBT Couples
In May, the Kansas Governor signed a law that would allow religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse service to LGBT couples based in their religious beliefs. Now the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) may grant contracts to adoption agencies with religious affiliations that are able to decline services to the LGBT couples. The current contracts are with adoption and foster agencies that are not allowed to turn couples away.
June 30, 2018 – International Adoptions May Suffer Due To Cases Of Child Abuse
A couple in Osceola, Iowa was recently discovered to have been abusing and neglecting their 2 adopted children and have been arrested. Neighbors were unaware of anything occurring and didn’t even realize that the couple had adopted two children from Ghana. International adoption can be a long and complicated process and incidents of abuse such as this could jeopardize international adoption from certain countries. International adoptions are already down 88% from 2004 from 5 of the most popular countries that children are adopted from.
May 31, 2018 – A Family In Glendale, AZ Spreads Love Through Fostering And Adopting
The Shawl family of Glendale, AZ began fostering in July 2012 when family members told them of a child who was in need. The family agreed to foster a young girl and eventually adopted her 3 years later in December 2015. A year after that the family began fostering again. They understood the great need for foster families and explained that while there are many challenges involved, fostering is extremely rewarding. The Shawl family adopted their second daughter this past April.
April 13, 2018 – Charlize Theron Opened Up In Interview About Adoption Process
In an interview for Elle magazine, Charlize Theron described the difficulties she struggled with emotionally when she adopted her children. Theron describes how she has always wanted to adopt and knew so even as a young girl. Despite always wanting to adopt she had a tough time during the process, especially with her first adoption. She learned to ask for help the second time around and keep her support system close by.
March 12, 2018 – New Jersey Couple Gets Adoption News From Hoda On The TODAY Show
A New Jersey couple sat down with TODAY Show anchor Hoda Kotb last week, thinking they were going to be discussing the long process of adoption. They have been together for 10 years and first started trying to get pregnant 5 years ago unsuccessfully. The couple later discovered that childhood cancer treatments had caused complications that would not allow them to get pregnant and they turned to adoption. During the interview they spoke of how waiting for news can be so difficult and it when then that Hoda shared with them that they were matched with a baby girl who would be joining their family soon. The happy family met their new daughter one week later.
February 27, 2018 – Georgia Senate Passes New Adoption Bill
Georgia’s Senate passed SB 375 also known as the Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act on Friday, February 23. The bill would allow child placement agencies to make referrals to adoption agencies based on the agencies religious beliefs. The agency can decline the referral or accept it and if they decline it, the referral would be immediately sent to another agency. Many LGBT advocacy groups are concerned that this bill will pass in the House and the national field director for the Human Rights Campaign says that it “is discrimination dressed up as a ‘solution’ to a fake problem.”
January 30, 2018 – Thomas Rhett And Lauren Akins Speak About Adoption On The Red Carpet
Sunday night, January 28, was the Grammy Awards show. E!’s Giuliana Rancic was interviewing celebrity guests on the red carpet and spoke with Thomas Rhett who was nominated for a Grammy for his album Life Changes, and his wife Lauren Akins. During the interview, Rancic commented on how much she loved following their family and children on Instagram and asked if they had any advice to couples who are trying to adopt, as the couple had adopted their daughter. Akins responded that the process is extremely difficult but worth it. She stated that it “needs to be hard” and it strengthens the parents as a team to go through the process.
December 7, 2017 – Minnesota Vikings Players And Executives Host Annual Adoption Fun Fest
The Vikings Adoption Fun Fest is an annual event held in Winter Park at the field house. The event is hosted by the Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski and had more than 500 people in attendance this year. The event offers fun for the whole family with picture opportunities, player meet and greets, food, games and more. There were also people on hand to answer adoption questions and connect families with different services.
November 16, 2017 – Middlesex County Celebrates Adoptions In A Ceremony On National Adoption Day
National Adoption Day was November 14, and in celebration and observance of the day, New Jersey, and the Middlesex County hosted an adoption ceremony at the Middlesex County Courthouse. This was the 9th ceremony held in the county but many more just like it were held across the country to observe this special holiday. The official adoption ceremony was held in private for 18 adoptees, 1 adult, and 17 children. Following the ceremony family and friends could celebrate together in a nearby conference room with breakfast and children’s activities.
October 17, 2017 – New York Man Asked Stepfather To Adopt Him As An Adult
Joel is the youngest of 5 siblings, is 40-years-old, and happily married. At the age of 10 his stepfather, Dave, came into his life and was an excellent role model to him. Dave took on a lot of responsibility when he married Joel’s mother and although Joel often gave his stepfather a hard time, his love and respect grew for him throughout the years. Dave does not have any biological children of his own, so this month on his 60th birthday, Joel decided to give him a special gift. After learning about the possibility of adult adoptions, Joel gave the paperwork to Dave to officially adopt him as an adult officially making him his father.
September 27, 2017- The Ongoing Debate Of Paid Family and Medical Leave
The paid family and medical leave program is currently being widely debated among policymakers and the public. Paid family and medical leave is a program that, if it passes, will allow workers to take paid time off for the birth or adoption of a new child or to take care of their own illness or injury. Check out this fact sheet here for details of some the key data of this program which will also affect New Jersey residents.
August 4, 2017- Author Shares Adoption Journey Of Her Daughter From Haiti
A Christian author and speaker well known for bringing hope to many women and mothers, felt hopeless when it came to her becoming a mother herself. However, after coming to terms with some issues in her own life she desired to become a mother and considered adoption as an option. It took her seven years to finally get the adoption process started as she feared not being a good mother. At 49, she finally received a voicemail from a friend who had returned from Neply, Haiti where she said a mother in the village had passed away of AIDS and left behind a two-year-old daughter in poor health. It did not take her any time to consider adopting this little girl. Read more about the author’s adoption journey here.
July 14, 2017- New Jersey Bill Underway For More Family Leave
A bill is on its way to the governor of New Jersey that will expand the state’s family leave policy. This policy will extend to employers for the birth or adoptions of a child or any other serious medical conditions. A similar bill is said to start at the beginning of 2020 in the state of Washington, where employees will receive 3-4 months paid leave. Other states that are going to be following suit are New York, California and Rhode Island. Although the changes are welcome, small businesses are likely going to be the ones that will bear the costs. The New Jersey Business and Industry Association has responded to this recent legislation stating that the small businesses will be the ones paying overtime to other workers or they would have to hire replacement employees for longer periods of time once this legislation becomes law.
June 15, 2017- Special Needs Baby Finds A Perfect Home
A couple that had had two miscarriages in the last two years including, one where the baby was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 in the womb, recently adopted a special needs baby. The couple had already prepared themselves to take care of a special needs child that when they were considering adoption, they wanted to adopt a special needs child. When they saw a blog post for a baby called “Baby Z needs a family” the couple knew they wanted him to be a part of their family. Read more about how this family came together here.
May 12, 2017- Birth Mothers Receive Mother’s Day Cards Every Year From Adoptive Mom
A San Antonio mom is forever grateful and thankful for the gift of motherhood and she writes Mother’s Day cards every year to the two birth mothers of her adopted children. Despite not knowing the names and locations of the birth mothers who are from China, she still writes the cards. She stated that she writes little snippets of what the boys have done and accomplished every year, their challenges as well as their accomplishments. She stated that if she had one wish, she’d wish she could tell her children’s birth parents that their sons are safe and are thriving.
April 13, 2017- Child Protective Services Are Improving In New Jersey
Two major incidences in 2003 led to the overhaul of the New Jersey child-welfare system under federal supervision. The discovery of the mummified remains of a 7-year-old boy in 2003, in the basement of a Newark apartment, and later in the same year, finding four boys starving in Collingswood due to their adoptive mother withholding food, prompted the changes. A federal monitor recently reported that the state’s child welfare system has improved across six vital areas. These improvements are moving the Department of Children and Families closer to ending years of federal oversight. The DCF Commissioner attributes the positive changes to dedicated intake workers, adoption staff, and permanency caseworkers who are effectively serving the state’s vulnerable children and families.
March 9, 2017- Hoda Kotb Becomes A Mom
On Valentine’s Day Hoda Kotb, the Today Show presenter and celebrity became a mother. The 52-year-old began the process of applying for domestic adoption after she had talked about it with her longtime boyfriend. She filed the documents alone but her boyfriend will be hands on in raising their baby. Within months, Kotb received a phone call that changed her life forever. She flew to an unspecified city where she was there for the birth of her daughter Haley Joy, born on February 14, 2017.
February 24, 2017- New Jersey Police Officer Tracks Down Birth Mother
The new New Jersey state law that was recently passed to unseal adoption records has already resulted in a Long Beach Township Police Officer meeting her birth mother. The officer was adopted at birth after her biological mother had her at 18-years-old. With the new law, the officer was one of over 1,000 adopted adults who received a copy of their birth record after the state started accepting applications. Her paperwork revealed who her mother was and the officer found her mother on Facebook. Within weeks the two were able to meet.
December 15, 2016- Adoptees Can Start Getting Their N.J. Birth Records Next Month
The law that was recently passed in New Jersey allowing adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates, information about their parents, their medical history, and their identity, will take effect in January 2017. A reminder was issued out by the State Health Commissioner, reminding birth parents who do not want to have these documents redacted of their name to make that request no later than December 31, 2016. So far the department has received 476 applications from adoptees seeking their birth certificates. Read more here about the progress of this new law that passed after 34 years of lobbying.
November 25, 2016- Hudson County Sees 13 Adoptions On National Adoption Month
This month Hudson County courts, participated in National Adoption Day which led to the adoption of thirteen children finding new homes. The Director of the Division of Child Protection and Permanency stated that 200 adoptions are anticipated in New Jersey during National Adoption Month and more than 60 had already been scheduled. People who are able to adopt large sibling groups and older adolescents are highly desired as well.
October 28, 2016- New Jersey Changing Laws For Adult Adoptees
A new law will go into effect in the State of New Jersey that will allow adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates. These birth certificates had been sealed under New Jersey law for over 75 years. Having the certificates unsealed will allow adoptees to have access to information about their birth parents’ names, their social and medical history, among other things. The new law will come into effect on January 1, 2017.
September 8th, 2016 – Birth Parents Have A Right To Counsel
After careful consideration, the New Jersey Supreme Court has determined that biological parents who are disputing an adoption have a right to counsel. Judges must inform birth parents that if they cannot afford an attorney, they may request a court-appointed lawyer. For more information on this check out Chronicles Of Social Change.
Upcoming Adoption Webinars & Local Community Events
Event Title: AFTH Discover Domestic Infant Adoption Webinar
Date: May 20, 2020, 4:00 PM
Registration: Visit https://bit.ly/2YEStMS
Description: In this webinar, our Cherry Hill, New Jersey adoption agency at Adoptions From The Heart, will discuss options and answer questions regarding domestic infant adoption. To learn more, view our webinar available through Google Hangout. For those interested, register by visiting https://bit.ly/2YEStMS.