Pregant and Confused? You are not alone! We can help!
An unplanned pregnancy can be one of life's most challenging experiences. You may feel scared, confused, and feeling pressure to make the "right" decision. You might be overwhelmed and unsure if you are ready for the responsibilities that lie ahead. Catholic Charities offers free, confidential, and personal support. Our caring and experienced staff provides both individual and family counseling to help birth parents sort out their feelings and make informed choices. This can be an emotionally difficult process, but we are here to support you every step of the way.
We offer basic parenting education, guidance and resources. Should you choose to keep and parent your infant, we are able to help you locate services and support in your area. We will explore your financial situation, living arrangements, child care needs, emotional support and maturity, as well as the role the birth father will play in the child's life. Through the generosity of donations we are blessed to have a Baby Closet. Items that may be available to help you get started on your parenting journey include: diapers, formula, blankets, baby clothes and other assorted infant items.
If you decide that adoption is the best option for you and your child, we can assist you with creating an adoption plan. You can be as involved or uninvolved as you would like to be in this process. Some women prefer to choose and interview pre-adoptive families, while others prefer that members of our Catholic Charities staff make the placement decision. We are able to facilitate open, semi-open, and closed adoptions.
Our waiting families would like to share their stories and photos with you. Each pre-adoptive family has gone through an extensive home study approval process that includes interviews, criminal background checks, a home safety inspection, references, etc. Each home meets all criteria set forth by the PA Department of Human Services.