Catholic Charities Adoption Services is here for you!
Since 1974, we have been active in the adoption community. We are a licensed child-placing agency with an experienced, professional staff that values you and your needs. Our fees are all inclusive. Our services are for a life-time. In addition to our agency program we can provide referrals to those seeking, international or parental placement (private) adoptions.
Who is eligible?
Minimum age is 23 and marital status must be the same for the last two years.
Background checks may also result in the identification of a disqualifying factor.
What are the fees for services?
Please contact your local office regarding specific fees for application, home study, and placement.
-Local home studies
-Adoptive couple information and education groups
-Assistance throughout the adoption process until finalization and follow-up with post legal services
-Direct placement when possible
-Quality cradle care available to ensure decision of birth family
Provides home studies, placement and supervision until adoption is finalized.
With one in every six couples struggling with infertility, adoption is an avenue many are surprised to find themselves walking down. Catholic Charities’ staff understands the questions and answers are many and the solutions can take precious time for hopeful parents. With skill and strong resources, the Catholic Charities’ team works to serve families seeking to adopt. Side by side, our adoptive parents never feel alone as they work through home studies, the waiting process, placement, supervision and finalization of the adoption.
The Adoption Process
The first step in adopting an infant through Catholic Charities is to contact us so that we may gather initial information and send you out some information on our program. Depending on whether there is a waiting list, we would begin the home study process which includes background screenings and interviews. Once the home study is approved, the prospective adoptive parents’ profile (letters and pictures) will be presented to the expectant parents we are currently working with who are interested in participating in the selection of the adoptive family. If the birth parents choose not be involved in selecting a family, the agency will select the most appropriate family based on the birth parents’ criteria, the needs of the child, and how long the family has waited.
When a child is available, the potential parents are invited to review all non-identifying information, including medical history, general family background, level of openness desired by the birth parents, and legal standing of the child. During this meeting, the individual needs of the child are discussed. The potential parents have the opportunity to decide if they would like to proceed with placement of the child.
Confidentiality of Records
The records relating to children placed for adoption are confidential. All information on the child, birth parents and the adoptive family is sealed and kept in locked files as prescribed by law.
Catholic Charities emphasizes the agency’s continuing availability to all parties in the adoption triad, even after the period of agency supervision ends. This support may be in the form of individual counseling or referral for needed services. In cases where an agreement to maintain on-going contact is made by the birth parents and the adoptive parents, such as through letters or pictures, the agency will act as the intermediary between the two parties.