The Adoption Program serves to find permanent, stable, nurturing homes for children whose birthparents choose
adoption as an option, or for children whom birthparents' parental rights have been terminated due to abuse and/or neglect.
Our caseworkers are involved in the recruitment, training, evaluation, and licensing of potential adoptive families.
We provide support and counseling to adoptive families during the adoption process, supervision and
assistance during the adjustment period before finalization. Catholic Charities has three separate adoption programs;
the Healthy Infant Adoption Program, the Special Needs Adoption Program and the Intercountry Adoption
There are general standards and minimum requirements that apply to all prospective adoptive parents.
Catholic Charities operates under an Open Adoption philosophy. This means open contact between
birth parents and adoptive parents is encouraged, where appropriate. The birth parents are encouraged to
take an active role in selecting the adoptive family and to meet with the adoptive family. The Agency encourages
both the birth parents and the adoptive parents to develop ongoing, long-term relationships. Future contact
between the birth family and the adoptive family is discussed and agreed upon by parties.
for Program Descriptions, Eligibility Requirements and Fee policy. Please refer to the fee agreement to review Fees
and Refund Policy.
Post Adoption Search and Reunion Program
Catholic Charities Post Adoption-Search and Reunion Program provides services to all those who have
adopted, relinquished a child for adoption, or been adopted through our Agency. The services provided
through the Search Program include: preparing Adoption Histories of non-identifying information,
the updating of files, and conducting full search and reunions.
The decision to search or not, is a personal one made by an adoptee, birth parent or adoptive parent.
The decision to search is often an emotionally intense decision, filled with anxiety and the unknown.
When a member of the adoption triad makes the decision to initiate a search, it is usually based on the need
to know information. At the time of the adoption, the client(s) of the Agency was the birth parent(s). Catholic
Charities has an obligation to these individuals to honor any commitment of confidentiality made at the time
of the adoption, until such time as a formal effort has been made to contact them and determine whether their
feelings have changed.
Please see the Adoption Search & Reunion Program Policy for program information and fees.
If you are interested in this program please contact our Search and Reunion Caseworker at the Elgin Office, 1-847-742-4525.
Crisis Pregnancy Program
The Crisis Pregnancy Program provides confidential supportive counseling and services to anyone
experiencing a crisis pregnancy. The intent is to help expectant parents and their families cope with the
emotional, social and physical stress of the pregnancy, to assist in resolving personal and inter-personal
conflicts as related to the pregnancy, as well as assist them in making the best decision for themselves and their child.
We assess each case individually and develop an appropriate case plan to meet the needs of the client.
These needs may include medical care and costs, housing, educational, and financial needs. Throughout the
counseling we explore the client's plan for themselves and their child. If they choose parenting, services are
provided to help them develop a support network, good parenting skills, and linkage to needed services.
After the birth of the child, supportive services are available to assist in the adjustment of becoming a new parent.
If they choose adoption as an option, we will assist the client in developing their own individual adoption plan
through our Open Adoption Program. Please the Option of Adoption Booklet for more details of this program.
Our vision for the Crisis Pregnancy and Adoption Program is to support and promote respect for all human
life, to provide life-giving alternatives, and respond to, and advocate for, the rights of the unborn.
These services are available to everyone regardless of race, religion, income, marital status or gender
at no cost to the clients.
If you or someone you know is need of these services, please contact the local office in your service area.
See Locations to find your nearest office.