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, and Indiana.
The General Assembly of Pennsylvania in FY 2016/2017 funds its program at $7.263 million through the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.
The State Legislature of Michigan in fiscal years 2013-2017 funds its program at $1,950,000 through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
The State of Indiana in FY 2016/2017 funds its program at $2.25 million through the Indiana State 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 Welfare standards.
More than 300,000 women in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana have been served 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.