Adoption Services

About Us - Experts in Adoption
Specializing in infant adoptions for over sixty years, our adoption professionals assist both birth and adoptive families with adoption counseling, decision-making, planning, matching, placement and follow-up care. We work to understand the goals and priorities of birth parents who are exploring an adoption plan for their baby and also the hopes and intentions of the couples who come to us wishing to adopt. When a good match is made, we help facilitate a flow of information between birth and adoptive parents to ensure the best interests of the child are served and that the adoption plan envisioned by the parties involved is fulfilled. We support openness in adoption, where both families have the opportunity to have an on-going relationship with one another and with the child; however we also realize that every adoption is unique to the parties involved. Some adoptions are open, others are semi-open, and others more closed. We work to help create the adoption that is right for you.

Considering Adoption for Your Baby 
We offer supportive services to help you determine if adoption is the right option for you and your baby. Our adoption counseling services are provided at no cost. We maintain an unbiased point of view, understanding that a decision to make an adoption plan is not an easy one - we are here to help you think it through, assess the pros and cons, and work toward a decision.

If you determine that you wish to parent, we can refer you for services for pregnancy and parenting support, if needed (click here to learn more). If you decide to make an adoption plan, we continue our support throughout your pregnancy, the birth of the baby, and for as long as needed afterward. Support for the adoption plans includes matching with an adoptive family, facilitating communications with the adoptive family, evaluating the level of openness you wish to have with the adoption, planning for labor and delivery, and post-birth support for as long as needed.

Preview profiles of couples who are hoping to adopt.
Hear what others have to say about adoption plans they have made ---> www.BraveLove.org
Meet our Adoption Specialist

Considering Becoming an Adoptive Home?
We assist couples in evaluating the prospect of becoming adoptive parents. Through informational sessions, one-on-one meetings, educational programs, resources, and consultation services, we empower couples to take the next step to becoming parents to an adopted child. We provide domestic and international home study services, and for couples who will become a part of our adoptive pool of families, we do all the background checks and other necessary steps to qualify the home and each individual as a suitable adoptive placement for a child in our care.

Click here for more information about adopting.

Other services
In addition to direct services to birth families and those wishing to adopt, Catholic Charities Adoption Services also offers:

  • Referral to adoption legal counsel
  • Pre and post adoption counseling for birth parents who place for adoption outside of our agency
  • As resource library with information about adoption
  • Domestic and international home studies and home study updates for private adoptions outside of Catholic Charities' program.
  • Search and Reunion services for adoptees or birth parents wishing to learn more about their adoption.

After the Gift Retreat
In collaboration with the Catholic Diocese of Wichita Office of Respect Life and Social Justice, Catholic Charities helped develop a healing retreat specific to the needs of women who completed an adoption plan (placed a child for adoption)/ This weekend retreat and support group is open to women of all faiths and is intended to help facilitate healing of the mother's heart. Whether it has been a recent adoption or many years, the After the Gift retreat and support group is available to all who have given their child the gift of adoption.

Monthly Gathering for Birth Mothers
Catholic Charities also supports and participates in a monthly group for women who have completed an adoption plan. Similar to the retreat, this group is open to women of all faiths and is intended to help facilitate the healing of the mother's heart as well as to provide her with connection to others who have had similar experiences.

Credentials
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Wichita, is licensed by the state of Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a child-placing agency. We assume a moral duty to assist each birth family find the best possible home for the child they have placed in our care. We also work to establish and uphold the best practices in infant adoption, ensuring quality standards, multicultural and multiracial insights and capacities with respect to diversity, and service that builds on the strengths of individuals and families. We affiliate with other adoption programs around the state and the nation to gain knowledge of trends and practices to improve our program. We are committed to continuous quality improvement.

The adoption professionals at Catholic Charities hold degrees in social work or other related fields and are licensed in their profession by the State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. They are further specially trained in adoption services. The adoption staff is sensitive to each person's unique background and culture. Our approach is personalized. We respect all religious beliefs and embrace faith as a source of healing and renewal.

Meet our Adoption Specialist

Pregnancy and Adoption Services


Contact

437 North Topeka Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202-2413
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In Wichita: (316) 263-6941
Toll Free: 1 (866) 839-4327
Fax: (316) 263-5259
Email: Lori Farha

24 hour availability


Catholic Charities assumes a moral duty to assist birth families in selecting the best possible home for the child they have placed in our care, finding loving parents for children, not simply providing children for childless couples. With more than 60 years' experience in facilitating adoptions, we are available to serve the biological birth families, the adoptive parents and adoptes for the life of the adoption, to act as mediators and to facilitate a flow of information between the birth and adoptive families.

Caring, Qualified Staff…Reputable Program

The adoption professionals at Catholic Charities Adoption Services hold degrees in social work, are state-licensed in their professions, and are trained to assist with special areas of concern. The adoption staff is sensitive to every person’s unique background and culture. Our approach is personalized. We respect all religious beliefs and embrace faith as a source of healing and renewal.

Catholic Charities is licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a child-placing agency. Catholic Charities Adoption Services staff members are licensed by the State of Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.

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