A nonprofit founded in 1996, Real Alternatives offers assistance to women experiencing unexpected pregnancy. Through its Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program, Real Alternatives has transformed the lives of numerous women in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan. The program focuses on providing essential support services to women, some of which are:
A majority of the counselors that Real Alternatives employs have obtained an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing or social work. The counselors offer confidential support, guidance, and encouragement in a nonjudgmental atmosphere so that women feel empowered to choose childbirth over adoption.
Childbirth, pre- and post-natal, and pregnancy classes teach women about fetal development and their nutritional needs.
Access to adoption service information and referral to licensed adoption agencies is provided to help find a loving couple to support and take care of the child.
With the help of various service providers, women gain free access to food, clothing, and basic supplies for the child.
Participants in the Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program receive education referrals and assistance with career decisions so they can achieve independence and self-sufficiency while caring for their children.