Child Welfare ProgramConcern for women and couples grappling with an untimely or unsupported pregnancy is at the heart of our Child Welfare Program. Encouragement and counseling for that vulnerable population has long been one of the agencyâ€™s highest priorities. Our determination to offer a workable pregnancy alternative moved us as far back as 1980 to dramatically alter our approach to adoption. Openness replaced secrecy as our standard practice, and the benefits have been impressive. Children are blessed to have all of the people who are important to them on their team.Â Birthfamilies are reassured that the youngster is alive and well, and adoptive families feel more secure than ever in their parenting roles.
The words of a recent birthmother testify to the importance of a loving response:
â€śI am so thankful for this program. They were good to me at a really scary time in my life. With their help, I chose from lots of really impressive families. I picked a particularly wonderful family to care for my child. I could tell they were great people because their son is such a happy child. It was hard to go ahead with the adoptionâ€”really, really hardâ€”but I knew it was the best thing for my daughter. I have been able to get through it all because the family keeps me involved. My feeling is that we are friends. Weâ€™ve cried together more than once, but most of the time we laugh and have fun. Sometimes I wonder how things would have turned out if I had called a different placeâ€¦â€ť
- Pregnancy counseling
- Domestic infant adoption (counseling, education, home studies, placement oversight, support, supervision, and follow up)
- International home studies and supervision
- Search and reunion assistance
- Consultation and training