Reunited: A Look Inside Catholic Charities’ Adoptions Research and Reunion Program

Frank Patrinicola remembers exactly where he was the day he got the phone call. The 52-year-old operations consultant for Dupont was in the company parking lot after work preparing for the drive to his South Jersey home when he decided to check his voicemail. “As soon as she said, ‘I’m...

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Changes to NJ Adoption Law

Birth Parents Must Take Action to Preserve Their Privacy For well over a century, the Catholic Church in New Jersey has provided adoption services.  Throughout all those years, the Church promised to honor the privacy of birth parents and adoptees.  That promise of privacy also was assured by law and...

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When Mother’s Day is Difficult

by Sylvia Loumeau, MSW, LCSW, director of Catholic Charities Adoptions and Counseling Services A shorter version of this article appears in the May edition of our Year of the Family newsletter. To read the newsletter in its entirety, visit our Year of the Family homepage. Mother’s Day is intended to be a...

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Bonded By Love: A modern adoption story

The Rodens – Dad, Paul; Mom, Joanne; nine-year-old Cole and seven-year-old Jenna, are an energetic family to say the least.Before leaving their Marmora home, I watched a wrestling contest between Jenna and Cole, witnessed feats of acrobatic agility by Jenna, and learned about both kids’ multiple sports team participation, coached,...

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