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

How to Adopt

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.  We currently have a waiting list for families interested in starting the adoption process. The process begins with an Orientation Meeting that we hold several times a year. Via email, we will invite as many families as we can from the waiting list when space is available. The meetings are conducted at The Children’s Home during a weekday evening. Details about the infant adoption process at The Children’s Home will be discussed as well as general information about adoption. At the end of the meeting, families who want to proceed with an infant adoption through The Children’s Home can begin the process by taking home an application packet. Once the application is completed and approved, families attend four required Education Group classes, and meet with their social worker to begin the Family Study. Once the study is completed and they create a Dear Birthparent Letter, families are ready to be chosen by birthparents for a possible placement.

If you wish to be invited to an Orientation Meeting, please fill out this form and we will contact you when space is available.

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, Connie Bach.