Relinquishment for Adoption Assistance and Support

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    Programs that provide information, assistance and support for birth parents who wish to voluntarily terminate their parental rights to a child and provide consent for adoption. The program may offer assistance with the legal process and paperwork, the selection of the adoptive parent(s) for the child, paternity and fathers' rights and other similar issues as well as relinquishment counseling or other forms of support which address the emotional side of the process (including feelings of fear, grief, loss and sadness) during the relinquishment process and following relinquishment, as needed. In many cases, parental rights are transferred to an adoption agency rather than directly to new adoptive parents so that the agency can maintain the level of confidentiality and privacy that the parties desire and have agreed to in the adoption. The agency passes the parental rights to the adopting parents. Laws governing consent and relinquishment vary by jurisdiction. In some areas, relinquishment is a judicial process, taking place in court; in others, papers can be signed in front of agency representatives, a notary, or other designated person. Other differences include whether relinquishment terminates parental rights or is just part of the process, whether relinquishment papers can be signed prior to the birth of the child or within a specified time following birth, the conditions under which relinquishment can be revoked, and the conditions under which a pending adoption may be interrupted beyond the time allowed for revocation. The term "relinquishment" also applies to the document that birth parents sign as part of the relinquishment process.

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    Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
    Adoptions From The Heart - AllentownOffers a full range of adoption services, including home studies, evaluation, placement, assistance for birth mothers wishing to give up their baby for adoption and a support group for waiting families. Also has an assisted reproduction program, including international surrogacy and embryo education. LehighAdoptions From The Heart - AllentownAdoptions from The Heart
    Alliance for Children - Adoption ServicesA private, nonprofit adoption agency which provides a full range of adoption services to families in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida and Texas and to birth parents nationwide. Services include home studies, support and assistance to birth parents relinquishing their baby, ongoing support and assistance for adoptive families. Specializes in both international and domestic adoptions. Alliance for ChildrenAlliance for Children
    Catholic Charities - Pregnancy Support ServicesFree, confidential pregnancy testing, pregnancy support counseling and assistance with the emotional and legal processes of relinquishing infants for adoption. Assistance with baby clothing and other baby care items, as available. LehighCatholic Charities - Lehigh/Northampton County OfficesCatholic Charities - Lehigh/Northampton Administrative Office
    Children's Aid Society in Clearfield County - AdoptionFull-service adoption agency, providing services to individuals and families in all stages of the adoption process throughout central Pennsylvania. Our Adoption Program is an affiliate of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) and is Hague accredited for international adoptions. Services include Child Preparation, Child Profiles,Child Specific Recruitment, Family Profile, Placement, Finalization, Post-Permanency Services, Birth parents Counseling, Birth Parent / Birth Children Searches, Private Home Studies & Home Study Updates, International Home Studies & Home Study Updates, Post-Placement Supervision, Post-Adoption Supervision, Post-Adoption Contact Agreements (PACA).ClearfieldChildren's Aid Society in Clearfield CountyChildren's Aid Society in Clearfield County
    Children's Home of Pittsburgh Infant Adoption ProgramProvides counseling and support services for birthparents. Confidential pregnancy counseling. Medical and legal expenses covered. Foster Care or direct placement. Professional counseling and support groups.AlleghenyChildren's Home of PittsburghChildren's Home of Pittsburgh
    Diakon Adoption & Foster Care - Adoption ServicesAssists people wishing to adopt. Conducts home studies and ongoing support, when requested. Also provides assistance and emotional support to pregnant women wishing to make designated adoptions. Works with the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (Swan) to assist families in adopting children with special needs (children older than 5 years, sibling groups, children with emotional, intellectual or physical challenges) and legal-risk adoptions (foster to adopt). No fees for adoptions through the SWAN program, but fees apply for other adoption services. Foster Care program provides training and support for adults wishing to become foster parents and works with the courts to place children in appropriate foster care. A stipend is provided for foster parents.CumberlandDiakon Adoption & Foster Care - MechanicsburgDiakon Lutheran Social Ministries
    Diakon Adoption & Foster Care - Adoption ServicesAssists people wishing to adopt. Conducts home studies and ongoing support, when requested. Also provides assistance and emotional support to pregnant women wishing to make designated adoptions. Works with the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (Swan) to assist families in adopting children with special needs (children older than 5 years, sibling groups, children with emotional, intellectual or physical challenges) and legal-risk adoptions (foster to adopt). No fees for adoptions through the SWAN program, but fees apply for other adoption services. Foster Care program provides training and support for adults wishing to become foster parents and works with the courts to place children in appropriate foster care. A stipend is provided for foster parents.BerksDiakon Lutheran Social Ministries - BerksDiakon Lutheran Social Ministries
    Families United Network - Foster Care and Adoption ServicesRecruits foster families and kinship families and supervises the children in these homes, and works closely with the child's biological family and the community. Provides adoption services for families and children who become available for adoption while in foster care.LancasterFamilies United Network - Mount JoyFamilies United Network, Inc.
    Women's Care Center of Erie County - Adoption By ChoiceFor birth parents: Free counseling and support by licensed professionals, assistance in designing an adoption plan, help in selecting and meeting an adoptive family. For adoptive families: assistance in fulfilling the requirements for adoption with the care and compassion to meet each family's unique needs; affordable domestic and international adoption home studies; counseling by licensed professionals; support and advocacy beyond the placement of a childErieWomen's Care Center of Erie County - Adoption By ChoiceWomen's Care Center of Erie County

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