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Options Counseling

The PRC of Greater Hazleton offers consultations and accurate information about all pregnancy options; however, we do not offer or refer for abortion services. The information on this website is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional counseling and/or medical advice.

We at the PRC understand that at this time in your life you just need to take a moment and think about how a pregnancy could impact you as you see life. Realizing that you are pregnant can cause a great deal of turmoil and you just need a minute to clear your mind and think … a minute to contemplate.

You may be having thoughts like:

  • My parents are going to be so disappointed when they find out…
  • This just isn’t the right time, I’m going to college…
  • There is no way I can afford a child…
  • What are my options?

When you come into the center, we can help you sort through all of your options and how they will affect your health. Each situation is different and no two women are exactly alike. We can help figure out what is going on with you.

Options Information

If parenting is your option, then our parenting classes are for you. Maybe you have never been pregnant before and you don’t have a clue. When you join our Earn While You Learn program, you not only learn about your little one who is growing within, but you can continue to learn how to parent until your child turns two years old. The best part is earning Baby Bucks and then shopping at our Baby Boutique. Earn diapers, wipes, formula and the cutest of baby clothes, all while educating yourself on effective parenting skills.

Today’s adoption isn’t your grandmother’s adoption. Adoption is the legal process where the birth mother places a child with adoptive parents in accordance to an adoption plan determined by the birth mother. Depending on your personal desires, there are different types of adoption.

Three types of adoption are:

Open Adoption – Open adoption today gives a lifetime of love to your child from both the adoptive parent and you. Making an adoption plan includes options that are far greater than those of the past. Developing the adoption plan meets the individual circumstances of all the people involved. Expectant parents are helped by counselors to arrange the adoption that meets each family’s vision as far as the level of openness desired.

Semi-Open Adoption – With a semi-open adoption, the birth parents will choose a family from information that is non-identifying. They may choose to meet or not to meet the adoptive parents. A third party mediates between the parties during the pregnancy and after birth. Adoptive parents share pictures and letters with the birthparents and the birthparents may share the same. Contact may also include gifts and videotapes, etc. A major benefit of this arrangement is the opportunity over time to develop a relationship.

Confidential Adoption – In a confidential adoption, the birthparents may voice their desire that the agency choose the adoptive family. Neither birth or adoptive parents disclose identifying information. There would not be a planned, ongoing sharing of social or medical information. After placement, there would not be contact between the birth family and the adoptive family. Access to finding a birthparent is limited by law.

Faced with a pregnancy that you were not expecting? You have difficult decisions ahead of you, so the smartest thing to do is get all the facts up front. Come into the center and talk to our caring volunteers so you can make the best choice for you. It is your right to understand before you decide. Spend a moment to check out our website and learn about the types of procedures available. You don’t have to rush. You have time to make a decision.

Real Options. The Real You. Completely Confidential.