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Philadelphia Adoption & Foster Care Resources
For those considering adoption in Philadelphia, either as an expecting mother or a hopeful family, it can be difficult to find all of the education, resources, and professional guidance you need. The following collection of information will help you learn about adoption, find a professional, and complete the process from beginning to end.
Philadelphia Adoption Agencies and Adoption ProfessionalsIf you choose to pursue adoption, you can do so with or without the help of an adoption agency. Adoption agencies are beneficial for both birth parents and adoptive families, as they provide all of the services you need in one place. Other types of adoption professionals include facilitators, lawyers, and law centers. To learn more about some of the adoption professionals in or near Philadelphia, follow the links below:
- Adoption ARC
- Transitions Adoption
- National Adoption Center
- Open Arms Adoption Network
- Haven Adoptions
Foster Care Professionals in PhiladelphiaThe state of Pennsylvania has specific requirements for families who wish to become foster parents. If you are interested in pursuing foster parenting in Philadelphia, you must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Undergo a background check
- Attend training
- Pass a home inspection
- Obtain references from non-family members
- Have a current physical
- Create a family profile with a social worker
- Children’s Service Inc.
- Lutheran Children and Family Service
- New Foundations, Inc.
- Children’s Choice
- First Home Care
Philadelphia Home Study ProfessionalsAdoptive families must complete a home study before they can be cleared to adopt. Issued by a state-licensed social worker, the home study ensures that your home environment is safe for a child. The process can take up to three months and includes a background check, a home inspection, and a series of interviews. To begin your home study or find more information, see the following list of Pennsylvania home study providers: Near Philadelphia: Pennsylvania home study providers.
Philadelphia HospitalsAs her due date approaches, a pregnant woman considering adoption must begin thinking about her hospital plan. By working with your adoption specialist and your healthcare provider, you can determine where and how you want to have your baby, who you want to be there with you, and how much time you’d like with your baby after delivery. To begin planning your hospital trip, talk with your adoption specialist, and learn more about some of the hospitals in your area:
- Einstein Medical Center Montgomery 559 West Germantown Pike East Norriton, PA 19403 1-484-622-1000
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania 3400 Spruce Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366
- Jefferson University Hospital 833 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 1-800-533-3669
- Methodist Hospital 2301 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19148 215-952-9000