The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh is a full-service domestic infant adoption agency serving Western Pennsylvania.
At The Children’s Home, we would like to help you turn your dreams of parenting into a reality. Our caring, professional, Master’s level adoption staff will work with you on an adoption plan that is just right for your family. Although the adoption process is not always easy, we are very confident that it will be worth the effort and that you will be supported by our staff every step of the way.
You will have your own Social Worker to help you through the entire process and you can feel assured that your child’s birthparent will have the same support from their Birthparent Counselor. The adoption staff works carefully as a team on every adoption, ensuring that everyone’s needs are met, especially the child, who is always the primary focus. Our Adoption Program is designed to address the long-term needs of everyone involved, offering a lifetime of support services.
Who is eligible to adopt through The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh?
Adoptive families must live within 50 miles of The Children’s Home, live in the state of Pennsylvania, and be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, or legally residing in the U.S. We place infants with families who are parenting no more than one child and are experiencing primary or secondary infertility (exceptions include same sex couples, single parents, and couples with genetic or other health issues). We work with adoptive parents who are married or who are adopting as a single parent. We ask that adoptive families be age 49 and under.
The Children’s Home does not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnic background, income, or race.
What is the fee to adopt?
The current fee to adopt at The Children’s Home is $27,000. This fee is payable in three installments. The first installment is due after your application has been approved. The second installment is due after the completion of your family study. The third installment is due after a child is placed with you. Special arrangements are sometimes made for children with special needs, and financial assistance is occasionally available in those cases.
Additionally, families can pursue the Adoption Tax Credit which is available to adoptive families to help offset the adoption fee. For more information, please visit North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC): Federal Adoption Tax Credit
It is the philosophy of The Children’s Home’s Infant Adoption Program to continually evaluate how many new adoptive families we can bring in to our program at a time so that their wait for a baby will be reasonable. At the present time, we are not adding new families to our waiting list. We know this is a difficult situation for families ready to adopt at the current time. Please feel free to visit our website periodically for the most updated information. You may also follow this link to learn about other services that we can provide for you at this time.
If you have questions about adoption, please feel free to contact one of our adoption social workers, Joe Ritacco or Ranisa Davidson , or our Director of Adoption and Permanency Services, Erika Schmitt