Services for Expectant Mothers

Pregnant Woman - smallerThe pregnancy program of Catholic Charities exists to help women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, their unborn children, their partners and their families in order to assist them in making the healthiest choices in a difficult situation.

We provide a pro-life, pro-family perspective in assisting people to locate appropriate resources, including housing, financial services, clothing, and baby items that will allow them to make the decision for life for their child. Adoption is explored as an option, but not the only life-affirming option available to women facing a difficult pregnancy.

We also assist our clients in exploring the circumstances that led to the situation. We assist them in utilizing their strengths and exploring their options so they can learn to make decisions which enhance their lives and create safe, stimulating, life-giving environments for their children.

Catholic Charities offers a number of services for pregnant women:

  • Free and confidential counseling
  • Adoption Planning
  • Open adoption services
  • Information and referral to other social services that can assist you and your baby
  • Child development information
  • Parenting skills education
  • Post-adoption services

 

As a client of Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy and Adoption Services, you are entitled to the following rights:

  • To receive quality counseling services that will assist you in making an informed and healthy decision for your child’s future
  • To receive adequate information about adoption and the adoption process, to determine whether this is an alternative for you and your child, and if so, assistance in exercising your choice
  • To have your rights be considered equal to the rights of your child’s other parent, and that his/her rights should not supersede yours
  • To be given a reasonable time period in which to make your decision for your child, so long as the child does not suffer from parental deprivation
  • To state your preference in the selection of adoptive parents

If adoption is your final decision, you have the right:

  • To understand, in detail, the contents and ramifications of the Legal Surrender
  • To outside interpretation and to Legal Counsel of your choice
  • To copies of all documents that you sign
  • To expect that the biological/cultural/religious heritage of the child will be preserved, and be consulted if this is not possible

You have a right to expect that Catholic Charities will ensure that adoptive parents:

  • Be provided with adequate resources that will permit them to make a sound decision regarding their desire to adopt
  • Be provided with adequate counseling and information in the areas of infertility, parenting, search, contact and reunion
  • Will discuss with the child his/her Adoption: make available the facts of his/her heritage, and provide any documents or information pertaining to the adoption
  • Will advise the Catholic Charities when major changes occur within the adoptive family that affect the well-being of the child

Following an adoption, you have the right to:

  • Offer letters and/or gifts to be given to your child through Catholic Charities
  • Sign a written agreement at any time, indicating your willingness to be contacted and/or provided information, if requested, by the Adoptee or Adoptive Family
  • Keep Catholic Charities informed of your whereabouts and contact information

So long as Catholic Charities has information about your whereabouts and you so request, you have a right to know and expect notification from Catholic Charities when/if:

  • An adoptive placement has been made
  • An adoption has been or has not been finalized
  • The death of the child occurs
  • The child is returned from Adoptive Placement

Responsibilities

  • To present an adequate plan for your child, and once instituted, are responsible for your decision
  • To present true and accurate information regarding your medical history, your social, psychological, demographic, and educational background
  • To present true and accurate information about the child’s other parent including any known information about how to contact him/her
  • If you wish to receive on-going information about the child: to keep Catholic Charities abreast of how to reach you