Real Alternatives doesn't limit its program to counseling pregnant teens, George said, though Franklin County ranks in the top 10 counties in the state in ratio of teen pregnancies to population, according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Coalition to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Fulton County, historically number one, was ranked second highest in the state this year.
Program counselors also meet with married or separated couples, giving guidance on relationships, parenting, child support and other financial assistance, as well as adoption, George said.
"It fits a variety of different situations. It's not a narrow focus," George said.
The program also provides free pregnancy testing, referrals and networking for food, clothing, housing, and other supplies and services to families through the pregnancy until a year after the baby is born, George said.
"We try to help coordinate everything that will allow them to pull this together," she said.
There are few statistics available on the number of induced abortions in Franklin County since there are no abortion clinics in the area, said Linda Barr, executive director of Pregnancy Ministries Inc. of Chambersburg, which provides services similar to those of Real Alternatives.
Many women go to Hagerstown, Harrisburg and York, Pa., for the procedure, Barr said.
Money was earmarked for the Catholic Charities program under former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey's administration through the state Department of Welfare, George said.
Originally earmarked for women's general health care, including abortion and pregnancy counseling, the program was expanded to fund services for alternatives to abortion, George said.
Real Alternatives is offered free for low- and moderate-income families who apply. Eligibility is determined by calling 1-717-263-3765.
Counseling is available in the Chambersburg office on Philadelphia Avenue, the Waynesboro office on West North Street, or in clients' homes.