Adoption Agency – Services Provided Near Pittsburgh, PA
Child Domestic Adoption Services For Prospective Parents
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Family Profile Added To Database For Birth Mothers To Review
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From our adoption office in Greensburg, PA, the adoption professionals at Adoptions From The Heart (AFTH) offer prospective adoptive parents, pregnant women, their children, and AFTH adoptees in the Pittsburgh area numerous services. Our professionals have been trusted counselors and advocates for the adoption community in Pittsburgh for decades.
Adoption Services For Prospective Adoptive Parents In the Pittsburgh Area
Interested in adopting ? AFTH helps prospective adoptive parents in and near the Pittsburgh area in international and domestic placements, guiding families looking into adoption, facilitating home studies, and handling all aspects of placement.
More than 18,000 children are adopted in the United States each year through domestic adoption and AFTH is proud to have helped hundreds of families grow through adoption. We have a non-discrimination policy which means that we provide services to clients without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age or limited English proficiency.
You can find more info for prospective adoptive parents from our resources below:
- Learning Center for Adoptive Parents
- Domestic Adoption
- International Adoption Home Studies
- Adoption Assistance Services
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Adoption Agency Providing Information On All Options Available To Pregnant Women
Support Group Available
Medical Care For Both Mother & Child
Help Obtaining Legal Assistance
Adoption Services For Pregnant Women In the Pittsburgh Area
The essence of our adoption services for pregnant women is revealed in our caring counseling. The Pittsburgh adoption professionals at AFTH guide pregnant women considering their options with compassion before, during, and after placement. Making sure that you know about all of your options and make the right choices for you and your child is our only goal. That’s why our adoption counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you choose adoption, and Adoptions From The Heart as your adoption professionals, we’ll help you find coverage in all matters of insurance. If you currently have insurance, our counselors will file the insurance claims for you. If you don’t, we’ll pay your pre-natal hospital bills for you.
Interested in learning more? Visit our page on “Services for Pregnant Women.”
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Other Local Areas We Serve
We don’t just serve individuals and couples in Pittsburgh. We can also provide services in and around:
- Erie County (Edinboro, Corry, Girard)
- Crawford County (Meadville, Conneaut Lake, Cambridge Springs, Titusville)
- Mercer County (Sharon, Grove City, Greenville, Jamestown)
- Elk County (Benezette, Weedville, Fox Township)
- Fayette County (Dunbar, Brownsville, Belle Vernon, Ohiopyle)
Preparing To Welcome A Child Into Your Home? These Local Resources May Help
Children’s Hospital Of Pittsburgh
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Kids Plus Pediatrics
4070 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Greater Pittsburgh Pediatric Center
1812 Locust St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Allegheny County Family Division
440 Ross St
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Keystone Oaks School District
1000 Kelton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Pittsburgh School District
341 S Bellefield Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wilkinsburg Borough School District
718 Wallace Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
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Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
1 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15123
7340 Bulter St
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Carnegie Museum Of Natural History
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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More Adoption Services Near Pittsburgh, PA
Adoptions From The Heart’s office also provides counseling and education for AFTH adoptees in the Pittsburgh area. Visit our “Adoptee Services” page to find out more.
Other Adoption Agency Locations
- Philadelphia, PA
- Allentown, PA
- Harrisburg, PA
- Cherry Hill, NJ
- Wilmington, DE
- Chesapeake, VA
- Glastonbury, CT
Upcoming Local Community Adoption Events and Webinars
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Latest Pittsburgh Adoption News
By Joan Smith
December 12th, 2018 – Adoption Rates Down Across US
A new report from the Nation Council of Adoptions as shown that the national adoption rate has decreased. There is speculation that this is because the number of international adoptions is on the decline.
November 12th, 2018 – Adoptees Reflect On Foster Care & Adoption
A woman who went into foster care at age 3 and who was then adopted by her foster family reflects on how adoption changed her life. Today, she works hard to dispel the common myths that have been spread about both foster care and adoption.
October 31, 2018 – Texas Judge Deems The Indian Welfare Act Unconstitutional
In 2013, an adoption battle in Oklahoma went public after a man who was a Cherokee Indian used the Indian Welfare Act to fight the adoption of his daughter to another family, despite having signed away his parental rights. The US Supreme Court ultimately allowed the baby to remain with the adoptive family who she had been with for 2 years. Now, a federal judge in Texas has ruled that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional because it violates the 5th Amendment’s equal protection guarantee.
September 24, 2018 – Adoptions From The Heart Receives Donation From Philadelphia Bakery
A new bakery called Nothing Bundt Cakes opened on July 1 in Wynnewood, PA. In celebration of the opening of the new store, the owners Will and Kim Wright made a donation to Adoptions From The Heart’s Birth Parent Scholarship Fund. The owners said that it is “really important to support your neighbors” and they certainly are neighbors in the same part of town as AFTH. Maxine Chalker, founder of AFTH, and Heidi Gonzalez, associate director accepted the donation of $430 on July 25.
August 30, 2018 – Tennessee Family Creatively Raises Money For Adoption Funds
In Spring Hill, Tennessee a family of three is in the process of trying to grow their family through adoption. They have been going through the international adoption process to try to adopt a child or a sibling pair from Haiti but need to raise money to offset the high costs. They have gotten very creative in their fundraising efforts selling various items such as notecards and gently worn shoes. The family is now working with an organization called Both Hands to help them raise additional funds.
July 30, 2018 – Illinois Passed A New Adoption Tax Credit
Many families are struggling and becoming deterred from the option of adoption to grow their families due to the rising cost of adoption. In order to assist families with the cost of adoption and encourage in-state adoptions, the state of Illinois has passed a state tax credit in May as part of their budget. The credit of $5,000 is similar to the federal tax credit because it can be rolled over and applied to state taxes for up to 5 years after the finalization of the adoption.
June 20, 2018 – State-Funded Travel To Oklahoma Banned In California Due To Adoption Law
Oklahoma has been added to a list of states that California has banned travel that is state-funded and state-sponsored. This new addition has been added as a result of the discriminatory adoption law that was passed in the state which allows adoption agencies to deny adoptions to couples based on religious beliefs. Oklahoma is the ninth state to be added to this list.
May 8, 2018 – Actress Kristin Davis Grows Her Family Through Adoption
Actress Kristin Davis, famous for her role as Charlotte in Sex and the City, has recently grown her family by adopting a baby boy. The actress has a 7-year-old daughter who she welcomed into her family and who first made her a mother when she was adopted through domestic adoption in 2011. Davis has previously discussed the fear she felt when adopting but also the great rewards that come with being a mother.
April 20, 2018 – Kansas Adoption Bill Is Rejected By The House
A controversial adoption bill that was passed in the Kansas Senate has been rejected by the Kansas House. This bill would have allowed religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse a child placement with couples based on their religious beliefs, such as refusing to allow a gay couple to adopt. Now the bill will be renegotiated in a conference committee by the House and the Senate.
March 22, 2018 – Kansas DCF Supports Adoption Bills That Allow Adoption Refusal On Religious Grounds
The Kansas Department for Children and Families has given its support to the adoption bills that would allow agencies and organizations to refuse a placement based on the religious beliefs. The DCF secretary stated that the passing of the bill would allow more agencies to work alongside them to find homes for the more than 7,000 Kansas children in DCF custody. Opponents to the bills state that the legislation would be discriminatory, most especially for LGBT couples.
February 28, 2018 – Event In North Carolina Aims To Connect Parents With Support
On Tuesday, February 27, an event was held in Fayetteville North Carolina for families to connect with one another and build supports. The event was called Stories from the Heart and was hosted to bring awareness to child adoption. Dozens of families met at the event which allowed potential adoptive families to learn more about the adoption process and allowed them to meet experienced parents who have already been through the adoption process.
January 23, 2018 – Ty Montgomery Is Raising Money To Help Foster Children In Wisconsin
As a part of his 25th birthday celebration, Ty Montgomery of the Green Bay Packers is partnering with Jam City to raise money in support of a foster and adoption organization based in Wisconsin called Coalition for Children, Youth & Families. Jam City is a mobile video game company that produced the game Panda Pop, a favorite of the running back, and the company will be donating $15,000 to the organization. Montgomery has reached out to his teammates to join in playing Panda Pop. For every 25 levels that his teammates complete in the game from January 22-29, Jam City will donate an additional $2,500.
December 19, 2017 – Police Officer Adopts Baby Born With Addiction
In Albuquerque, New Mexico an officer was completing a routine call at a convenience store when he found a pregnant woman using heroin. The officer approached her and asked about her baby. After she told him that she would probably put the baby up for adoption, the officer and his wife discussed adopting the unborn child. The couple ended up going through with the adoption of baby Hope and paperwork should be finalized by the end of the year. Doctors treated Hope who was born with an addiction and the family is thrilled to welcome the newest member of their family.
November 15, 2017 – Over 200 Adoptions To Be Finalized In Arizona This Month
Saturday, November 18th is National Adoption Day. In a celebration of this day, Maricopa County in Arizona will be finalizing 229 adoptions in the Juvenile Durango Building in Phoenix. This is the 18th annual National Adoption Day and the event will also include activities for guests to participate in such as face painting, games, photo opportunities, bouncy houses, and more. The event will be open to the public from 9 am to 2 pm.
October 20, 2017 – Research Shows Americans Are Adopting More Males Than Females From Abroad
According to Pew Research, a new trend has been found in the U.S. which has never occurred before. More boys than girls were adopted from abroad by the end of 2016. Internationally adopted children for the year 2016 were 48% female and 52% male.This trend is due mostly to the changing adoption patterns in China which have gotten less strict regarding their one-child policy. When the policy was stricter more girls were put up for adoption so that families could have a male child and as a result, American families adopted more female children. China also accounted for about 42% of international adoptions in America in 2016 according to Pew Research.
September 27, 2017- Adopted Girls Take Reunion Pictures Annually
Seven girls born days apart in April 1996 in China and adopted by American parents come together annually to the same retreat and take a reunion picture. The girls have been doing so for the last 20 years. The baby girls were abandoned by their birth mothers in China during the time of the one-child policy that favored boys. As newborns, the girls were placed in the same orphanage in Zhenjiang. Their lives collided in February 1997 when their adoptive parents, all with the same adoption agency, became acquainted during the plane ride to China.
August 17, 2017- Deaf Couple Adopts Two Deaf Children From China
A deaf couple that miscarried twice and struggled with failed IVF treatments has had their dream of having a family fulfilled through adoption. The couple first adopted their daughter from China in June 2016. Their daughter was six when she was adopted and like her parents, she is also deaf. The family is ready to adopt again and they are working to bring a 5-year-old boy, who is also deaf, from China to the U.S. Their daughter is already saving all her toys so she can share them with her brother.
July 28, 2017- More Americans Looking Adopt Children From Foster Care
According to a national study conducted by Nielson, more Americans are looking to adopt children who are in foster care. The study found that 25 percent of people who have not adopted in America have considered adoption. Almost 80 percent of those individuals have also considered foster care adoption. Foster care adoption was found to be up 7 percent from 2012 and is at an all-time high. The study also revealed that 80 percent of Americans understand that children are in foster care as a result of abuse and neglect. The study also showed empathy towards foster care children and that 58 percent of the people understand that every child is adoptable regardless of circumstances. This new understanding is also up from 51 percent in 2012.
June 30, 2017- British Adoption Agency Turns Couple Away Because Of Their Cultural Heritage
A British-born couple of Indian heritage was turned down by an adoption agency because of their ethnic background. The couple wanted a shot at parenthood regardless of the child’s ethnicity. The adoption agency from their local council told them that there were only white children in need of adoption and only British or European applicants would be given preference. The couple was essentially told that they should try and adopt a child from India instead. However, a home visit deemed the couple suitable adoptive parents in all other aspects. Read more about this couple’s unfair adoption denial here.
May 18, 2017- Texas Could Soon Ban Adoption By Gays, Jews, And Muslims
The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill that will allow adoption agencies and foster care providers to reject applicants based on their religious beliefs as well as their lifestyle choices. The bill will allow state-funded organizations to make their own decisions about who can adopt based on the prospective parents’ religious beliefs and lifestyle. This bill leaves the door open for couples who are gay, Jewish, Muslim or interfaith to be rejected if they are looking to adopt or foster a child. Other states have passed similar laws, however, the Texas bill is one of the few that extends to state funded agencies.
April 14, 2017- Bishops Back Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act
The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act has been backed by three bishops in a joint letter. The Act would permit social service agencies to refuse to provide adoption or foster services for households headed by same-sex couples on religious grounds. Furthermore, under this act federal government and states that receive federal funds for child welfare will not be excluded for child welfare providers who believe that children should be placed with heterosexual couples. Read more about the letter here.
March 29, 2017- Abandoned And Then Adopted Man Searches For His Family
A man who was abandoned and adopted in 1965 is now a grandfather to a 3-year-old with a mysterious medical condition. The condition is believed to be genetic in nature and has prompted this grandfather to figure out his family tree. In addition to knowing more about his genetic background for the sake of his grandchild’s health, he also wants to know if he can get information about why he was abandoned. So far there is little evidence to let him know what happened when he was found on October 27, 1963. There is no record of any criminal charges filed with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office worked with the detectives who handled such investigations during that time but, no investigatory paperwork would have been preserved. The grandfather’s adoptive parents who are now deceased knew nothing else other than what they had read in the local newspapers before they adopted him.
February 24, 2017- Bill Passed To Protect Adoption Agencies
A Senate committee in Alabama has advanced a bill allowing faith-based agencies, including ones that care for state foster children, to not allow same-sex couples to adopt on religious grounds. The Senate Health Committee voted 6-1 for the legislation that would prohibit the state from refusing to license, or contract, with adoption groups that do not provide services to people on religious grounds.
January 27, 2017- Crowd Funding Sites Pull Adoption App
A new adoption app called Adoptly has been heavily criticized for its similarity to the popular dating site, Tinder. Adoptly has been noted as the Tinder for adoption where families filter and swipe their preferences for a child based on ethnicity, age, gender, and distance. Creators of the app stated that the goal of the app was to make adopting kids quick and easy. However, crowdfunding sites did not find this idea to be in good taste and within hours of Adoptly being up on Indego, they were suspended for review by their Trust and Safety team. Kickstarter also pulled the app idea off their platform.
June 26th, 2016 – House Of Representatives Approves Changes
The state House Of Representatives recently approved changes to the length of time that the biological mother has to change her mind after giving her child up for adoption. Learn more her: .Written by Radio
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