Birthparent Support

For more than 15 years, The Children's Home of Pittsburgh has offered birthparents an opportunity to get to know and talk with other birthparents. These groups are open to anyone, whether you have received services from The Children's Home or not. The groups are a safe place where birthparents can meet and share their experiences.

The birthparent groups are open to:

  • Birthmothers or birthfathers who haven’t decided what they are going to do
  • Birthmothers or birthfathers who have decided to place their baby for adoption
  • Birthmothers or birthfathers who have placed their baby for adoption, in the past or recently
  • Close family members and friends of birthmothers and birthfathers

The birthparent groups take place on an as needed basis and are social in nature, with a meal provided. A birthparent counselor is there to facilitate. Contact The Children's Home for a schedule of meetings. We look forward to hearing from you! 

If you are more comfortable talking one-on-one with another birthparent we are happy to make arrangements for you to do so. Simply call Erika or Ranisa at 412-441-4884. or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh adoption staff recommends various books and web sites to birthparents who have placed a baby for adoption, are in the midst of the adoption process, or who are trying to decide whether placing their baby for adoption is the right choice. These sources are reliable and offer non-biased information and support.

“Dear Birthmother” by Kathleen Silber and Phylis Speedlin
“A Birthparent’s Book of Memories” by Brenda Romanchik
"The Open Adoption Experience-A Complete Guide for Adoptive and Birth Families" by Lois Ruskai Melina

Also visit any of the Carnegie Libraries for great books listed in Pregnancy Nonficition.

Web sites:

Open Adoption Resources and Support

Offers Retreats and Support for Birthparents

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You may also contact Erika Schmitt at 412-441-4884 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire about our fee for service birthparent counseling. This counseling is for any birthparent who has already placed a child for adoption, whether it was recently or years ago. It is intended to be short term and focused on issues pertaining to the adoption. Please feel free to ask about scholarship funding that may be available if you need help paying for the counseling.

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The Children's Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center 5324 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Phone: 412-441-4884 Fax: 412-441-0167