The Adoption Process

Step 1:  Contact The Children’s Home

If you decide that you want to talk to a birthparent counselor, you can call any time at 412-441-4884 or 800-961-7704, text us at 412-736-2908, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Step 2:  Meet with a birthparent counselor

Your counselor is available to talk and meet as much, or as little as you need. She can meet you at The Children's Home, at your home, or at another location that is convenient for you.

Step 3:  Create an adoption plan

If you choose adoption, your counselor will help you begin to develop an adoption plan for your baby. You can be involved as much or as little as you'd like. In choosing adoption you have many choices:

  • Choose an adoptive family for your baby.
  • Choose whether or not to meet the adoptive family or talk to them via email or over the phone.
  • Decide on the level of openness you are comfortable with, if any. Open adoption allows you to have contact with the adoptive family throughout your child's life. This can be in the form of letters and pictures, emails, and/or visits. You also have the option of having your open adoption be legally enforceable.

If you don't choose to place your baby for adoption, we will support your decision and we can help you find the resources you need to help you and your baby.

Step 4:  Once your baby is born

During your hospital stay, your birthparent counselor will talk with you by phone and will visit you when you are ready. You can work with your birthparent counselor to determine how much time you want to spend with your baby and who will visit you at the hospital. Your birthparent counselor can also talk to hospital staff to ensure that your plan is followed.

Step 5:  Placement

If you have decided on adoption and chosen an adoptive family, your baby can go home with the adoptive family from the hospital. We can help you plan your baby's placement so that it is comfortable for you.

It's also OK if you need more time before making a final decision. If this is the case, your baby can come into our agency's care and go home with one of our private Transitional Care Families. Transitional Care is considered short-term and allows you the time to make a permanent decision for your child without feeling pressure. All of our Transitional Care Families are licensed through the state of Pennsylvania. While your baby is in Transitional Care, you can visit with him or her and you can continue to explore all of your options with your birthparent counselor. You can then decide to place your child with an adoptive family or have the child returned to your care.

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To get started or to learn more:

1) CALL US at 412-441-4884 or 1-800-961-7704 

to speak with a birthparent counselor. You can reach a counselor at these numbers 24 hours a day/7 days per week. During business hours, you will be put directly through to a counselor who can talk to you. During evenings, weekends, and holidays, just follow through the instructions and you will be able to reach the on-call counselor immediately.

2) TEXT US at 412-736-2908

You can reach a counselor by text 24 hours a day/7 days per week.

3) EMAIL US at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Erika or Ranisa, our birthparent counselors, will get back to your emails as soon as possible. 

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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