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Old 06-02-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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Default Adoption agencies/attorneys in Pittsburgh?

My husband and I would like to begin the process for a domestic adoption of an infant. We have one son, but have been unable to have any more children (just several miscarriages since having him). We'd love to have another child and really want our son to have a sibling. Aside from the Children's Home of Pittsburgh (which has already been recommended to us), does anyone have any recommendations for adoption agencies or adoption attorneys in Pittsburgh? I've been told the best way to go about this is by getting recommendations from people, and we don't know anyone who has adopted domestically (most of the people we know who have adopted have done so internationally). Your personal experience would also be appreciated. I'd like to contact several places so as to hopefully increase our chances. Thank you for your help. Nina
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Old 06-02-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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Doesn't anyone have any input?
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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Thanks for your help, folks. Now I remember why I love Pittsburgh so much.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:03 AM
 
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I'd like to be helpful, but I just don't have the information you are looking for (like you, the people I know who have adopted did so internationally). And I'm pretty confident if someone here did have that information, they would share it. So I don't think people are refusing to help ... I just suspect that like you and me, they don't have the specific information that you want.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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start with contacting Three Rivers Adoption Council. I've never had any dealings with them, but I know they exist...so I guess that's a start.

Again, I think this is an issue where folks honestly don't have much information or experience in domestic adoption, and thus don't want to chime in with inaccurate or unhelpful information...
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:34 AM
 
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We worked with Adoptions from the Heart from Greensburg, PA for our China adoption in 2004. We have been on the waiting list for 2 1/2 years now, though, and we have not gotten much support from them this time around, though, understandably, it is not in their control what happens in the international community.
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Old 06-03-2008, 07:14 PM
 
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My husband and I would like to begin the process for a domestic adoption of an infant. We have one son, but have been unable to have any more children (just several miscarriages since having him). We'd love to have another child and really want our son to have a sibling. Aside from the Children's Home of Pittsburgh (which has already been recommended to us), does anyone have any recommendations for adoption agencies or adoption attorneys in Pittsburgh? I've been told the best way to go about this is by getting recommendations from people, and we don't know anyone who has adopted domestically (most of the people we know who have adopted have done so internationally). Your personal experience would also be appreciated. I'd like to contact several places so as to hopefully increase our chances. Thank you for your help. Nina
Have you looked into Foster to Adopting? i know of one person who did that. They signed up for fostering and told them right up front they were interested in adopting. She told me that if you do that, they will steer the "more adoptable" children your way. They adopted a little girl (I think she was 2 or 3 at the time) She said it was a wonderful experience. Good luck to you.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:37 PM
 
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Default Adopting in Pgh.

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My husband and I would like to begin the process for a domestic adoption of an infant. We have one son, but have been unable to have any more children (just several miscarriages since having him). We'd love to have another child and really want our son to have a sibling. Aside from the Children's Home of Pittsburgh (which has already been recommended to us), does anyone have any recommendations for adoption agencies or adoption attorneys in Pittsburgh? I've been told the best way to go about this is by getting recommendations from people, and we don't know anyone who has adopted domestically (most of the people we know who have adopted have done so internationally). Your personal experience would also be appreciated. I'd like to contact several places so as to hopefully increase our chances. Thank you for your help. Nina
We started using Adoptions from the Heart in Greensburg but they were not good-we have written to them about our complaints but they haven't bothered to reply. We will get a letter out to the BBB next week. Other friends have complained about them, plus for some reason they got turned down by the Council of Accreditation (who knows why). We changed to Bethany Christian Services and found them to be wonderful. They are very thorough, understanding and professional. It was a huge contrast from our previous experience. We had contact with Maureen and Lisa and couldn't say enough positive things about them. Catholic Charities also is good but takes a long time for a domestic infant. As far as attorneys goes, Mary Ann Petrillo, in Irwin, was recommended by a friend who used them. Good luck-it's not an easy road to travel.
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