For a pregnant woman who knows she's not ready, and has decided to complete her pregnancy, Catholic Charities can be a good first call to make. Adoption services provided through Catholic Charities can be kept as open as the mother chooses. Indeed, Catholic Charities supports open adoption, believing that life-long connection of the child and all parents is healthy and beneficial for everyone involved.
At least ninety-three Catholic Charities adoption agencies can be found online; they are nationwide and have been placing babies since the 1920s. Catholic Charities is one of the only agencies fully licensed in the Philippines to handle international adoptions. Each Catholic Charities diocese has its own rules; none requires that the mother be Catholic herself. All insist that the prospective adoptive parents be married a minimum of two years and have a strong commitment to a Judeo-Christian faith. It goes without saying that Catholic Charities only helps heterosexuals adopt babies and they do not help single people adopt.
Catholic Charities requires that prospective adoptive parents attend a series of pre-adoption classes. as well as receive spiritual counseling both before and after the adoption process. If the hopeful parents come to Catholic Charities due to infertility, they are required to have already completed fertility treatments before the adoption process can begin.
Catholic Charities adoption services can provide medical and prenatal care for the expectant mother, as well as housing and financial assistance, if she needs it. Turning one's baby over to another family to raise is a heart-wrenching decision. The Catholic Charities policy of 'open' adoption helps the mother believe that she will know her baby and share the significant milestones of its childhood, if she wants to.
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