Human Services

Real Alternatives

Harrisburg, PA


Real Alternatives exists to provide life-affirming alternatives to abortion 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.

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President & CEO

Mr. Kevin I. Bagatta Esq.

Vice President for Operations

Mr. Thomas A. Lang Esq.

Main Address

7810 Allentown Blvd Suite 304

Harrisburg, PA 17112 USA


pregnancy, free pregnancy tests, pregnancy support, abortion alternatives, adoption, parenting instruction, teen pregnancy prevention, abortion





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (Adolescent Parents) (P45)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Right to Life (R62)

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Real Alternatives, through its funded Service Providers, offers a comprehensive umbrella of core and support services that provide women direct support during and after the unexpected pregnancy. This umbrella of services also includes programs to encourage new lifestyle choices that will prevent unexpected pregnancies in the future.

Real Alternatives funds Service Providers to provide a wide array of services to women in need at the local level. In turn, a woman is able to make more informed choices concerning her child, as well as begin to plan for a future that will include independence and self-sufficiency.

For those in a unexpected pregnancy, core services are delivered by providing direct counseling support during the parenting and adoption decision. Services include:
• counseling and case management in a non-judgmental atmosphere
• education on fetal development and the health and nutritional needs of pregnant women, through the use of books, videos, brochures, and fetal models
• pre- and post-natal education; pregnancy and certified childbirth classes
• access to information on medical care, hospital clinics, doctors, health care facilities, and other professional services; assistance with identifying drug and alcohol programs, if needed
• adoption service information
• life-skills training for parenting and nutritional needs
• availability of other community social services
• tangible aid in the form of maternity clothes, food and furniture
• referrals to maternity homes
• referrals to other programs for the physical and emotional needs of the women experiencing the stress of a crisis pregnancy.

For women who have given birth, support services are delivered by providing direct parenting or adoption support because of their decision not to abort. Such services take the form of:
• parenting counseling and classes
• education referrals for upgrading skills or obtaining a GED
• child care referrals
• mentoring
• information on Women Infants and Children (WIC) programs
• job service and vocational training opportunities availability
• tangible aid in the form of baby and infant items and other needed supplies.

For those who come to our Service Providers thinking they are experiencing a unexpected pregnancy, self-administered pregnancy test kits are available. For those in this category who are not pregnant, support services are delivered by providing:
• information on the risks of sexually transmitted diseases
• relationship counseling
• decision-making education
• teen pregnancy prevention programs with the goal of modifying risk-taking behavior that lowers out-of-wedlock births and sexually transmitted diseases.

Real Alternatives provides Service Providers funding for:
• Confidential counseling and mentoring
• 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
• Chastity 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 and child
• Connect clients with a pregnancy support counselor nearest to them
• If a client is not sure if she is pregnant, we can provide her with a free pregnancy test kit.
• We help the client make informed choices and provide counseling to support her every step of the way.
• If she is in school, we help her find ways to continue her education.
• Referrals to other supportive agencies for medical care, food, financial help, and any other support the client needs to care for her baby.
• We can help the client with maternity and baby clothing, food and furniture---whatever she need to keep her baby and her healthy.
• If the client doesn't have a place to live, we can search for temporary shelter for her---a safe place where she can live before and even after her baby is born.

Real Alternatives key Outcomes include:

1. Increased Childbirth Choice
2. Increased Support
3. Increased Adoption Knowledge
4. Improved Parenting
5. Decreased Risky Lifestyle - Improved Health

Real Alternatives Earns Third "Seal of Excellence" Accreditation by passing rigorous ethics and accountability standards.

Real Alternatives has once again been accredited with the Seal of Excellence by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organization's (PANO) for successfully meeting the 56 criteria of the Standards for Excellence program.
Real Alternatives was reviewed by a "jury of its peers" who examined Real Alternatives for compliance with PANO's Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector.

The Standards for Excellence is based on the fundamental values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, respect, trust, responsibility, and accountability. Real Alternatives' programs and services, management, fundraising, and financial practices were examined in depth using 56 criteria before the accreditation was granted.

Real Alternatives, as Pennsylvania's first-in-the-nation Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program, has served over 260,000 women the last 20 years. Started in 1996 to offer women counseling and mentoring support as an alternative to abortion, the statewide Program has provided over 1.3 million support service visits to women throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2014-2015 (ending June 30, 2015), 19,415 women were provided comprehensive counseling, mentoring, education, and support services that were available to them throughout their nine months of pregnancy and twelve months after the birth of their baby.

The program received funding of $7.263 million that fiscal year through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The Program's administrative cost ratio was 7.24%.

In 2013, Real Alternatives was asked to start-up and administer the Michigan Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program modeled after the successful Pennsylvania Program. That regional program has served 3000 women to date.

In 2014, Real Alternatives was asked to start-up and administer the Indiana Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Program modeled after the successful Pennsylvania Program. That regional program has served 15,000 women to date.

Real Alternatives looks to the future and expects to continue to grow its programs nationally so more women in unexpected pregnancies can be provided comprehensive and compassionate life-affirming services.

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