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

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.

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Melissa & Elliot

Ever since we started dating seven years ago, we've discussed having our family through adoption, and we're so happy you're considering us for your child!  We've lived in Richmond for two and half years and we have formed a very strong support network here, especially in the Jewish community. Elliott plays folk music on the clarinet and enjoys birdwatching. Melissa takes dance classes and loves to bicycle everywhere.  Together, we enjoy hiking, dancing, and discussing interesting books and podcasts.  We look forward to sharing our love of nature, art, and learning with our child.  Elliott works in IT for local government and Melissa is a theatre professor who has spent her whole life teaching kids of various ages.  We have a bedroom for our future child, a backyard with plenty of room for playing, and a neighborhood with plenty of kids and close to several schools.  We both come from close and supportive families, who are very excited about our adoption plans.  Thank you for considering us for your family.

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Alex & Brad

Thank you for considering us as you are making this decision for yourself and your child. We are excited to welcome a child into our home and our strong support system. We live in Richmond, 10 minutes away from Alex’s parents and two of her sisters, both of whom were adopted. These adoptions helped to shape our beautiful, multiracial family. We are committed to speaking openly about adoption and honoring the choice that you made for your child. We will provide a loving, fun-filled household. We often go on walks in the woods and spend time at the family beach house in Virginia Beach. Brad enjoys hiking, basketball, and video games. Alex is very active in a neighborhood church. She also gardens and plays soccer with the neighbors’ kids in our front yard. Across the street from our house is an elementary school with several playgrounds and a basketball court, and we can walk to a duck pond a few blocks away. We each care deeply about being kind and gentle. As parents, we will model standing up for oneself and also asking for help. We want our child to develop a strong connection to the community and a strong sense of self-worth. Thank you so much for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

Claude and Cameron

Claude & Cameron

We are a young couple looking to expand our family through adoption. We have a large extended family that is excited for a new family member. Our hobbies are shopping, traveling, and visiting family. Claude enjoys listening to music, shopping, and visiting friends. Cameron enjoys going to new places to eat and cooking. Our family also includes are sweet dog, Lola.  Claude works in human resources for a non-profit that helps under-served families across Eastern Virginia. Cameron works in law enforcement and enjoys his job very much. We look forward to growing our family through adoption. Thank you so much for considering us!

Kachurak Family

Anna & Jared

Adoption is something we’ve dreamed of for years.  We’ve been together for over 13 years and dreamed of adoption from early on.  Jared has had experience helping in orphanages during mission trips and this sparked his interest in adoption.  Together, we agreed adoption was in our future.  We always discussed having one biological child and adopting a second child.  After having a great deal of difficulty becoming pregnant with our daughter, continuing with our plan for adoption was an easy decision.  We really feel adoption is meant for us!  We also have three adopted nieces and nephews and they were part of our family long before we met them in person.  We have an incredibly nurturing family and amazingly supportive friends as well.  We both work in the medical field and love spending time together as a family.  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!

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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.

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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.