Adoptive parenting takes flexibility and patience. It also requires a willingness to learn about the unique issues of adoption and acquiring specialized parenting skills. For all its challenges, adoptive parenting can be a truly rewarding experience.
If you are considering adoption as an option, Catholic Charities offers many services to help educate, prepare and open your heart and home to a child.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
These services are available to married couples who reside in Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill Counties.
WHAT COMES FIRST?
Our staff will assess your capacity for parenting and your understanding of adoption through the completion of an adoption home study. This is a required process in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Catholic Charities’ professional staff conducts family profile interviews to prepare and educate prospective parents on the challenges and rewards of adopting.
Family profiles help determine:
- The type of adoption you want
- The kind of adoptive child you can most effectively parent
- What you can accept in terms of the child's background, age and/or special needs
There are a number of ways we go about finding families for children
For birthparents, Catholic Charities will work with you to make an adoption plan for your child if you have voluntarily made the decision to place your child for adoption. We help you identify the qualities you desire in adoptive parents for your child and then review our file of non-identifying profiles.
Adoptive parents find that what they know about the birth family is very helpful in raising their child. We provide the adoptive parents with medical, socio-economic and all available background information about the birthparents.
Most placements involve some amount of openness. We have found this contact makes the process more personal; it creates a positive foundation for the exchange of information over the years.
Catholic Charities also participates in agency-assisted adoptions where the birthparents have selected adoptive parents who were unknown to the agency. We receive a referral for both sets of parents and provide the necessary counseling and family profile services needed for placement.
After placing a child in your home, you will need ongoing support. Catholic Charities is committed to providing post-placement support and any supervision required in the adoption process. Our staff will visit your home, prepare the intermediary report for the court, and attend the hearing with you and your attorney.
Adult adoptees often want to know more about their birth families. They may request a summary of non-identifying information and a meeting with one or both birthparents. Catholic Charities offers search services for adults who have been adopted through our agency. We provide the needed support to the adoptee, birthparents and adoptive parents.
AGENCY SERVICE FEES
We welcome your questions about agency fees. Reasonable fees are charged for infant adoption and search services.