Real Alternatives exists to provide
life-affirming pregnancy and parenting support 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 Pregnancy and
Parenting Support Services for the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan,
The General Assembly of Pennsylvania
in FY 2015/2016 funds its program at $7.263 million through the
Department of Human Services.
The State Legislature of Michigan funds its program
at $800,000 through the Michigan Department of Health and Human
The State of
Indiana funds its program at $3.5 million through the
Department of Health.
The Pregnancy and Parenting Support
Services Programs in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana are made up of a statewide
or regional 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.
Service Providers with
their 95 centers located throughout Pennsylvania, 27 centers in
Michigan, and 22 centers in Indiana
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
More than 275,000 women in
Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana have been served since the program began in March 1996.
counselors, the centers
offer free and confidential support, encouragement, guidance and
practical assistance to women so they do not need to choose abortion.
- Confidential counseling
- 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
In the News:
- Real Alternatives has once again
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
- Real Alternatives Finalist - 5th
Annual Non-Profit Innovation Award
Real Alternatives: Empowering Women for Life.
For more information, contact Real
Alternatives. Telephone number: 717-541-1112