Infant adoption is available to married, childless couples over the age of 21 through the Infant Program at Catholic Charities. Interested couples must have experienced infertility, and must complete the home study process. Due to low number of infant placements statewide, the wait time once a couple is accepted into the program is generally three to five years.
Our Infant Program is not currently accepting new adoptive families. We will update this information should space in our program become available.
Private adoptions are arranged without agency involvement in the placement process. They generally take place through a private attorney and involve the birth parents and the pre-adoptive parents. The parties involved may have been matched by an attorney or may have found each other on their own (through social media, word of mouth, etc.). Catholic Charities is able to provide a home study and any required post-placement supervision for a private adoption.
Catholic Charities is a Hague Accredited agency through the Council on Accreditation pursuant to the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000. This accreditation ensures that international adoptions take place in the best interest of the children and helps to prevent the abduction, sale, or trafficking of children in connection with international adoptions. Currently, Catholic Charities is able to complete international home studies and provide post-placement and post-adoption services as an exempt service provider.
International Adoption Expenses
The total amount paid to Catholic Charities will vary depending upon the country from which adopting parents adopt, and the age of the child adopted. The nature of international adoption makes it impossible to predict the exact estimated client coordinated expenses.
Estimated client coordinated expenses are only an estimate and may be more or less in adopting parents' specific adoption. The program fees for the country adopting parents have chosen, together with the estimate of adopting parents' other costs and expenses, and the time when payments are due, are outlined below.