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Adoption Services

Deciding to build or expand your family through adoption is one of the most life-changing decisions you’ll make. Whichever route is best for you, we are committed to supporting you through the process of becoming parents through adoption and beyond.

You have decided to explore adoption. We’re here to provide information on all the options and help you form a plan that is best for you and your family.

How We Help

We have years of experience in preparing adoptive parents for the entire adoption process. We will help you complete a family profile that clearly reflects your current situation and your goals for expanding your family. We can also introduce you to other families in the same situation and families who have already adopted. If you want to do some reading on your own, we can offer links to reputable websites and other publications from our library.

CONTACT US TODAY
JoAnn White, Director | 412-422-8567 | jwhite@jfcspgh.org

There are thousands of birthparents who make the difficult decision to entrust the raising of their child to a loving, adoptive family. If you decide you want to adopt a U.S. born infant, we can help make that happen.

How We Help

Through experience with every kind of arrangement, we help you understand the costs, benefits and risks, and adoption regulations, in state or out. We’ll provide a home study, post-placement services and will complete all necessary paperwork required to complete your adoption.

CONTACT US TODAY
JoAnn White, Director | 412-422-8567 | jwhite@jfcspgh.org

Adoption is not just about finding a child for a family, it’s about finding a family for a child. JFCS Family Hope is a licensed foster care and adoption agency, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network, and contracts with Allegheny County to place children into foster and adoptive homes. More than 100,000 children in the United States are waiting for permanent, loving families.

How We Help

Through SWAN we help identify appropriate and permanent homes for children available for adoption, conduct home studies and strive to find the best match between families and waiting children.

A comprehensive Child Profile is developed through reading extensive files and interviewing all caregivers. We help these children prepare for permanency, using appropriate language and activities offered in the child’s home. With the help of our professional staff, every child creates a Lifebook addressing issues of history, identity, change and acceptance.

Our services extend through the finalization of adoption, working with all parties to make the move as easy as possible, especially for the child. Post-permanency services are also available.

CONTACT US TODAY
JoAnn White, Director | 412-422-8567 | jwhite@jfcspgh.org

Pennsylvania adoption law requires all prospective adoptive families to obtain a thorough assessment/home study conducted by a licensed adoption agency or social worker. The home study is a detailed overview of your life: background checks, finances, relationships, living conditions and much more. The home study is used by the courts to assess if a stable environment exists for a family to receive an adoptive placement.

How We Help

JFCS Family Hope can complete or update a home study for you, regardless of whether we are handling other aspects of your adoption, or you are working with an out-of-state firm or attorney. Our adoption case workers can also provide the post-placement supervision visits which are required by the state of Pennsylvania and other states to assess and confirm the well-being of the child placed in your custody.

CONTACT US TODAY
JoAnn White, Director | 412-422-8567 | jwhite@jfcspgh.org