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Real Alternatives exists to provide life-affirming alternatives to abortion services throughout the nation.  These compassionate support services empower women to protect their reproductive health, avoid crisis pregnancies, choose childbirth rather than abortion, receive adoption education, and improve parenting skills.

Real Alternatives is the non-profit, charitable organization that  administers the Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services Program for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is funded by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania in FY 2014/2015 at  $6.694 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and $700,000 by the State Legislature of Michigan through the Michigan Department of  Community Health.

Pennsylvania Alternative to Abortion Services Program and the Michigan Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program are both made up of a statewide network of social service agencies,  pregnancy support centers, maternity residences and adoption agencies that offer comprehensive, life-affirming alternatives to abortion to women dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

Our 29 Service Providers with their 95 centers located throughout Pennsylvania and the 5 service providers with their 15 centers in Michigan are staffed with fully trained, caring, and compassionate counselors. These Service Providers are non-discriminatory, non-profit organizations that are monitored annually to ensure compliance with the Department of Public Welfare standards.

Serving more than 235,000 women throughout Pennsylvania since the program began in March 1996, through their counselors, the centers offer free and confidential support, encouragement, guidance and practical assistance to women so they do not need to choose abortion.

We provide:

  • Confidential counseling and mentoring
  • Non-judgmental atmosphere of understanding and support
  • Free pregnancy self-test kits
  • Clothing, food and furniture pantries
  • Temporary shelter
  • Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting classes
  • Referrals to other community agencies and medical resources
  • Abstinence education to modify risky lifestyle behavior
  • Adoption information
  • Assistance with education and career decisions
  • Other related services necessary for the well-being of the mother and child

In the News:

  • Real Alternatives has once again earned the Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the Standards of Excellence recertification program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). This recertification again identifies Real Alternatives as an ethical and accountable organization dedicated to the highest level of excellence within the nonprofit sector.  Read More...
  • Real Alternatives Finalist - 5th Annual Non-Profit Innovation Award Read More....
  • 15,000th call for help received at 1-888-LIFE-AID 
  • Pennsylvania Abortions drop 4.3% in 2009. 
  • Watch Real Alternatives: Empowering Women for Life.

For more information, contact Real Alternatives. Telephone number: 717-541-1112

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