Maxine Chalker

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Location: Wynnewood, PA
Founded: 1985
Industry: Nonprofit

Maxine Chalker
Founder and Executive Director

Adoptions From The Heart

Adoptions From The Heart provides home evaluations for prospective adoptive families, educational seminars on various topics, counseling for pregnant women and their partners, placement of infants, and legal reports that are required by law in the various states where the agency is licensed. In addition, the nonprofit provides financial help to pregnant women to help cover insurance costs or missed salaries, as well as post-adoption counseling. “‘We Build Beautiful Families’ is our slogan, and by providing counseling and education to both prospective families and expectant parents, we hope to fulfill this goal,” says Maxine Chalker, founder and executive director of Adoptions From The Heart.

Fun Fact: Adoptions From The Heart has four offices in Pennsylvania alone.

The organization has developed a Birth Parent Scholarship Fund that is open to any woman or man who has placed a baby for adoption. “They can apply for a scholarship and our board committee determines who the recipients will be,” says Chalker. “We use different fundraising methods to fund this program.” Adoptions From The Heart has been providing services for the last 30 years, growing from Chalker’s home office to being licensed in six states.

“I am on the board of directors of ATHENAPowerLink, which is an organization of women business owners,” says Chalker. “The organization helps women who have small businesses to expand and gain profitability. [There are] volunteer panels in various areas of business to help these business owners succeed.”