Catholic Charities offers a domestic adoption program for the placement of infants. Birth parents and their families are offered counseling as they make a decision for their child. If they choose to, birth families are able to select and meet the adoptive family who they wish to place their child with. At that point the two parties can discuss the type of adoption that both parties wish to have. Confidentiality is maintained as identifying information is not shared between the two parties unless they decide to do so.
In an agency placement, birth parents rights are legally terminated by voluntary entrustment or court order (if necessary) with custody given to the agency. The agency then places the child in the home of the prospective adoptive parents and maintains custody until the Final Order of Adoption is entered.
Services available include:
- Adoptive couple education
- Home studies
- Coordination of adoptive family and birth family meetings
- Child placement
- Post placement supervision
- Pregnancy counseling for birth parents
- Adoption finalization
- Adoption follow-up support