For Birth Parents

For Birth Parents

You are facing one of the most difficult decisions you have ever made.

We have helped many women who have been in similar circumstances and have supported them no matter what their decision—to place their child for adoption or to raise their child themselves.

You are, and always will be our primary concern. Genesis wants you to make the decision that is right for you and your child. A Genesis counselor will be happy to meet with you to discuss your situation, your options and any other concerns you may have about placing your child for adoption.

Considering placing your baby for adoption?

Our counselors, who have over 30 years of experience with adoption, strive to make sure that women and men considering placing their child for adoption are making the right decision for everyone involved. Should you choose to make an adoption plan for your child, Genesis wants you to be as involved as you want to be in selecting the parents for your child. Genesis carefully screens each family and offers you a selection of families we feel would make excellent parents. We will be here before, during and after placement to offer emotional support and to work as an advocate for you in either an open or confidential adoption.

Join us for “The Adoption Option”, an interactive educational presentation for pregnant women and expectant fathers who would like to know more about adoption. This no-obligation informational session is provided free of charge. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 412-766-5212 or email carole@genesispgh.org

If you would like to talk with a counselor to work through your situation,  call  412-766-5212. A counselor is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We are always here to help and listen to you.

All services are free, all conversations are strictly confidential, and all decisions are yours to make

Letter From a Birth Mother

"Words cannot express how thankful we are to you and your staff. You have done so much for my family. Not only were you there for my daughter, but for myself. You helped me through tough times by listening and giving me words of encouragement. You were never too busy to listen. You truly have a special gift. There will always be a special place in my heart for Genesis!"

The Adoption Process for Birth Mothers

1) Contact Genesis of Pittsburgh

Call us at 412-766-5212 or call or text 412.855.8781 to speak to a counselor.

2) Discuss your options with a counselor

  • Discuss your needs and desires with the counselor; she will know how to help you think through one of the most important decisions of your life
  • If you want, you may speak to other birth mothers through Genesis who have gone through the process

3) Create an adoption plan

  • Talk to a counselor about the kind of family you dream of for your child
  • Look through profiles that families have put together to tell you about themselves
  • Select an adoptive family
  • Decide how much contact you would like with the adoptive parents you've chosen.
  • Meet the family, if this is your desire
  • Prepare for giving birth by making a hospital plan that expresses your needs and wishes at the time of delivery
  • Get information from your counselor about what you can expect to feel after the adoption
  • Write a letter to your baby
  • While in the hospital you will be able to spend as much time with your baby as you wish
  • Your child will be placed with the family you have chosen. In most cases your baby goes directly from the hospital to the family

If you choose not to place your child for adoption, we will support your decision and help you create a plan for you to parent your baby.

4) Post adoption services

  • Continue to meet with your counselor if you choose, and make a plan to achieve your hope and dreams Receive regular updates about your child through pictures and letters throughout the year

Frequently Asked Questions

I am pregnant and thinking about adoption. What is the best place to start finding out information?

You may contact us through our website, by text, email or phone at 412-766-5212 We would be happy to set up a phone or face to face interview with our Masters Level Birth Parent Counselors. Please keep in mind that a meeting to find out more about adoption is not a commitment to place your child for adoption. This is simply an informational session so you can get more information and start making a decision that is right for you and your baby.

I don’t want my friends and family to know. Is this confidential?

All of our services are completely confidential. Our staff is here to support you and we follow a strict code of ethics to protect your privacy.

I am not sure who the birth father is. Can you still help me?

Yes. This is a situation that arises and our experienced staff can work with you in this situation.

How does Genesis find adoptive families?

Families adopting through Genesis meet regularly with our directors. In addition Genesis adoptive families volunteer and participate in Genesis activities, fundraisers and events. This allows the staff at Genesis to get to know each and every family on a personal level prior to placing a child with them.

Can I choose a family for my baby?

Absolutely. Genesis works closely with adoptive families to find that best home for your child. We can help you choose and meet families that meet your criteria as adoptive parents.

It will be too hard for me to choose a family. Can Genesis choose a family for my baby?

Yes. Genesis can choose a family for your baby.

What is an open adoption?

Open adoptions are becoming very popular. Open adoptions allow the birth parents to stay in touch with the child and adoptive family. As the birth parent you choose how much contact you would like to have with the baby after he or she is placed. Some birth parents choose to have visits. Others choose to have contact via phone, email, text message or social networking sites. The birth parent counselors will help you make that decision prior to placing and help you put this together as a legally binding document.

What is a confidential adoption?

A confidential adoption was previously referred to as a closed adoption. In a confidential adoption the birth parents choose to have no contact with the child or adoptive family. Often times this is because the birth parents decide it will be too hard on them emotionally to maintain contact. However you can still decide if you would like the child to contact you.

I would like to see the baby after it is born. Is that ok?

Absolutely. We will help you make an adoption plan that is right for you so you can have as much contact as you need with the baby after they are born.

How much contact can I have with my baby after they are placed?

That depends on you. You will decide how much contact you would like after the baby is placed. This is put down in your open adoption agreement and is a legally binding document.

What if I change my mind?

The staff at Genesis is here to support you with any decision that you make.

If you have any questions, please call or text our 24/7 Birth Parent Hotline at 412.855.8781.