Pregnant Women

Know You Have Options

When you’re faced with an unintended pregnancy, it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do or where to turn.

At JFS, our staff of professional and compassionate pregnancy counselors will help you explore your options free of charge and free of bias or judgment.

A counselor will be personally involved to:

• Answer your questions along the way

• Discuss your options and help you decide what choice feels right for you

• Offer unbiased professional guidance and support

• Explain the adoption process

• Be available for you throughout and after your pregnancy

• Help you plan for life after the placement

As you consider your choices, we understand your thoughts and feelings may change from day to day, even minute to minute. It can be confusing to sort out the advice of friends and family. Know that you're not alone. We can help you weigh your options in order to make the right decision for you and your baby.

If You're Considering Adoption

JFS Adoption will help you select an adoptive family that makes you feel comfortable and secure in your decision.

We have a waiting list of loving families who have been thoroughly screened and approved for adoption. All our home studies include references, plus health, education, and financial histories. Should you decide to move forward with an adoption plan, rest assured that you have the right to choose the adoptive family.

 

Feel Good About Your Choices

This is an important and difficult decision. JFS can help you whether you are 1 week or 9 months pregnant — even if your baby has already been born.

Considering adoption takes courage, compassion, and love. There are no easy answers, but JFS Adoption is a knowledgeable and dependable resource for your unanswered questions. We are here to listen and help.

For more information, please refer to our Pregnant Women FAQs below.

Pregnant Women FAQs

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Our Adoption Services

Teresa Birchett, JFS Adoption Supervisor Jewish Family Services Richmond Virginia

Contact: Teresa Birchett

To begin the process or learn more about JFS Adoption, contact Teresa Birchett, Adoption Supervisor at [email protected] or call 804-282-5644, ext. 223. If you need immediate assistance, call or text the adoption on-call line 804-543-3434.

Alternatively, you may fill out the contact form below.

You can also follow JFS Adoption on Facebook. 

Waiting Families

Your Baby's Potential Parents

JFS maintains a list of loving families waiting to adopt a child. All individuals are thoroughly screened and approved to adopt. You can read about some of these wonderful people below.

Kachurak Family

Anna & Jared

Adoption is something we’ve dreamed of for years.  Jared’s experience helping in orphanages during mission trips sparked his dream of adoption.  We have three adopted nieces and nephews and they were part of our family long before we met them in person.  We always discussed having one biological child and adopting a second child.  After having a great deal of difficulty becoming pregnant with our daughter, pursuing adoption for a second child was an easy choice.  We really feel adoption is meant for us!  Sharing animal noises, having dance parties, and lots of giggling are part of our everyday life.  We love snuggling while reading books, playing outside, traveling, going to parks and attending library story time.  Our daughter is sweet, helpful and the best caretaker to her babies and stuffed animals.  We know she’ll be an amazing big sister.  We have so much love to give and can’t wait to add to our family!

Linkous Family

Drew & Tiffany

Hello! We're an adventurous, loving, family-focused family of 4. We've been married for 13 years and have two biological boys together. Our dog, Riley the Cockapoo, is a part of the family too. Drew is a mechanic for a local power company, and Tiffany will begin her nursing career in the Summer of 2020 in the Pediatric ICU. After a medical diagnosis in 2012, leading to a hysterectomy, we are no longer able to conceive on our own. Adoption was placed on hearts and our immense desire to become parents again has been on our hearts for years. As a family we enjoy everything outdoors like camping, hiking, sports, taking yearly Caribbean vacations, and visiting our beach home in the Outer Banks. We believe that allowing our children to travel and experience new places and cultures is foundational to their learning. Together, Drew and I enjoy cooking together, riding our Harley, and taking time to embrace each others company by taking frequent dates. We have big families and love to celebrate everything big! Both families are within walking distance so they visit often! We are very active in our children’s sports (baseball and competition wrestling)— Drew enjoys coaching their baseball teams each year and you can find me chanting from the stands- yes, I’m that kind of momma! Your decision for your child is an immeasurable, selfless act and we promise to support you and baby. We would be humbled to be given the opportunity to care for, love, and embrace your baby forever.

Marcelyn & Sean, waiting parents

Marcelyn & Sean

Hello! We have been blessed to be parents to our beautiful daughter Sophie thanks to adoption, and now we want to expand our family and help Sophie become a big sister. Sophie’s still young but is learning words quickly, and she loves “woof-woofs”, her word for dog; we know she’d love to chatter away all day with a little brother or sister.  Sophie also loves books and we look forward to reading goodnight stories to her and another baby soon. Our family and friends love Sophie as much as we do and will be just as welcoming to our next child, whatever his or her background.

Jennifer Sperberg Pic for JFSA Waiting Families Page JFS Richmond Virginia Jewish Family Services

Jennifer

I'm ready and excited to create my family through adoption! My support system is vast and so encouraging as I move toward welcoming a child into our home. My work is the advertising and marketing agency I own, and I'm an advertising professor at one of the great universities in Richmond, where I was born and raised. Travel generates amazing memories, whether in the Outer Banks, the mountains of Colorado, or abroad. I'm fluent in Spanish and love to practice. I have been blessed with an amazing, large, extended family, a special pup named Rio, and love nothing more than hanging out with my niece and twin nephews! My friends truly are family to me, and their kids bring me so much joy, attending their events and supporting their dreams. My greatest hope is to build a life of loving support for a child's needs and dreams and watch them grow into the special being they are meant to be.

Stephanie and Justin

Stephanie & Justin

Hello! We have enjoyed a strong and loving marriage for 16 years. It has been our dream to have children join our family. There is nothing we want more than to love and nurture children so they can realize their fullest happiness and potential. We are both self employed and enjoy a flexible schedule that allows us to do most of our work from home. Together we operate our business that provides supportive services to adults with intellectual disabilities. Through our work, we have learned to be even better versions of ourselves. We are tremendously accepting of others and we appreciate the special characteristics that makes each person unique. We have a wonderfully supportive family, which includes very eager grandparents who are waiting to expand their duties to our children! We also have a very special and active relationship with our two nieces and a nephew. They have expressed to us that they would be thrilled to have cousins! Our family also includes dogs and chickens, with plenty of room for everyone to live harmoniously together. We enjoy travel, family gatherings, attending sports and school events for our nieces and nephew, and are always looking forward to trying new things that will create lasting memories. We would be delighted to welcome an infant, child, or siblings into our family. It would be our honor to meet you and plan our family vision together.

Julie and Blair, awaiting an adoption

Julie & Blair

Hello! We are an active, family focused, and fun couple, looking for a child (or even twins) to join us and our two dogs. Julie's week is flexible, with two part-time jobs, one as a professor and the other as a therapist. Blair works for a doctor's office. Evenings and weekends are often spent with friends, family, playing sports, and at church. We are eager to expand our family and share our excitement about traveling and playing with a child. With multiple local family members, we have the support and love of many, including niece/nephews who are eager for cousins! Both our family, friends, and especially we can't wait to expand our family and share our love with a baby. We look forward to meeting you and are grateful for this amazing opportunity.

Teresa Birchett, JFS Adoption Supervisor Jewish Family Services Richmond Virginia

Contact: Teresa Birchett

To begin the process or learn more about JFS Adoption, contact Teresa Birchett, Adoption Supervisor at [email protected] or call 804-282-5644, ext. 223. If you need immediate assistance, call or text the adoption on-call line 804-543-3434.

Alternatively, you may fill out the contact form below.

You can also follow JFS Adoption on Facebook.