Are you pregnant or recently delivered and want to explore adoptive placement for your child? Our professionally trained and experienced staff are here to work with you, but the decisions are yours.
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To Access Services
To speak with someone about our services, call 206-328-5921 during normal work hours. It is our goal to call you back that same day and certainly within 24 hours to schedule an initial meeting.
If you need to speak to someone during non-business hours, call 206-328-5921.If we are not in a position to answer your call, leave a confidential message and we will return your call within the hour.
For a medical emergency, call 911.
Where You Will Find Us
Our services are available to you anywhere in Washington State.
Catholic Adoption Services of Washington State provides services throughout the State of Washington. In Eastern Washington, we work cooperatively with Catholic Charities in Spokane and Catholic Family & Child Service in Yakima.
Any woman who is pregnant or who has recently delivered and would like support and assistance in exploring plans for her child is eligible for our services. Some things you should know before you get started:
- You do not have to be Catholic to receive services.
- Not all of our approved adoptive families are of the Catholic faith.
- Our long history of quality, professional services and our strong reputation attracts birth parents and adoptive couples of broad diversity.
- We provide services to all who request them, without regard to color, gender, race, ethnicity, religious preference, or ultimate plan for your child.
- We provide services at a location that is convenient to you.
- Services are provided free of charge. No fee is collected or bill charged for services provided to you or your family.
- Confidential and professional counseling
- Help with decision-making
- Assistance in arranging pre-natal care
- Assistance in obtaining housing and housing-related services
- Assistance with transportation
- Financial assistance
- Referral to educational programs
- Referral to vocational training programs
If you decide to parent your child
- Ongoing support and counseling for up to six months
- Home visitsInformation on child development and childcare
- Baby clothes, including an initial layette
- Baby furniture, as available
- Referral for other needs
If you decide to prepare an adoption plan for your baby
- Choose a family from Catholic Adoption Services’ approved adoptive families.
- You can meet with the family selected
- Choose an open relationship, remain anonymous or determine the amount of contact you want to have with the adoptive family and your baby.
- Document your choices in a written Communication Plan.
- Post-adoption counseling services.
All staff providing services to pregnant women have earned a Masters degree in one of the social sciences and are licensed by the State of Washington as an Independent Clinical Social Worker or as a Mental Health Counselor. They have many years of experience working with pregnant and newly parenting women and their families. Services have been accredited by a national accreditation agency – Council on Accreditation for Services to Children, Families and Youth – and meet the highest standards for services to pregnant women.
Services provided are strictly confidential. We will work with you and those significant others you choose to be included. We will not divulge our relationship with you or anything about our work together to anyone without your written consent, unless your life is in danger.
Why services may be helpful to you
Finding out you are pregnant when you had not intended to be can be a big shock. The shock of an unintended pregnancy can interfere with your ability to carry out your daily responsibilities, cause anxiety, disrupt your sleep, and interfere with logical thinking and decision-making. It is normal and natural reaction to feel confused by the circumstances in which you find yourself. You may need emotional and material support during this time.
We at Catholic Adoption Services can provide that support by assisting you at any time during your pregnancy and even after delivery. Contacting us very shortly after you have learned of your pregnancy provides us more time together to identify and explore goals, values and possibilities. With this information, we will put together a plan or several alternative plans for you and your baby. But, even if you call us after you have delivered, we will be there to work with you to develop and implement a plan, your plan, for you and your baby.
Catholic Adoption Services of Washington StateYou are faced with making very important decisions for yourself and for your baby. These might be among the most important decisions you make in your lifetime. You should feel good about your decision as it will have a significant and life-long impact. We encourage you to take the time to consider your options thoroughly and from multiple perspectives before you make decisions. You will be emotionally grounded and more committed to your ultimate decisions if you can reflect on your decision-making process knowing that you made a good decision based on all the available information and options. The foundation of good decisions includes knowledge, understanding, options and emotion. We can help you explore all of these elements as you consider the decision that is ultimately right for you.
It can also be a very normal and expected part of the process to change your mind and make different decisions, often multiple times, during the course of your pregnancy. It is evidence that you are carefully considering different decisions. This process will help you arrive at an ultimate decision that you will know is the right decision for you and for your baby.
If possible, it is important to plan ahead so that you have the necessary resources in place when you deliver and leave the hospital. Parenting your baby might the right decision for you. With a plan in place, you can ensure that you have a suitable place to take your baby, baby furniture and clothes, diapers, formula and people to assist and support you when you are ready for discharge from the hospital. Placing your baby for adoption might be the right decision for you, and with a plan in place, you can consider adoptive families, meet them and choose the right one for your child, prior to discharge.
Open Adoptions and Communication Agreements
Catholic Adoption Services works with you to develop a plan that best meets the needs of you and your baby. You can choose the level of “openness” in the ongoing relationship with your child and their adoptive parents.
Some women prefer to have contact with their child after the adoption is finalized and provide adoptive parents with their name, address and phone number and expect the same from the adoptive parents. Some women prefer to remain anonymous and choose not to have contact with their child or the adoptive parents. Most women’s choices fall somewhere between these two extremes. All of the choices are “good” choices if they best meet your needs and the needs of your baby.
Catholic Adoption Services staff will assist you in considering your options and will facilitate the development of a Communication Agreement that will outline contact and communication with your baby and their adoptive parents. Communication can include written progress reports with photos, letters and gifts and in-person visits. The Communication Agreement is submitted to court with the adoption-related paperwork and is enforceable through the court system.
Screening an Adoptive Family
Approving a family to parent your child is a very important decision and we take it seriously. We only approve families who meet our exacting standards for your child. If you are choosing to make an adoptive plan, you will want to ensure that the family selected for your child has the skills, talents, commitment and capacity to meet your child’s need well into the future.
All of our approved adoptive families at Catholic Adoption Services are thoroughly screened and meet very high standards in personal adjustment, integrity, personal health, economic stability and marital stability.
They have passed three distinct criminal history and abuse background checks.
They have had a recent physical examination and their physician has divulged any medical issue and has recommended them as sufficiently healthy to parent.
They have been recommended by a minimum of six friends and family members who have known them over an extended period of time and are in a position to judge their character, their relationship to each other and their ability to parent.
They have been recommended by school and/or childcare professionals who may be involved with other children in the adoptive home.
They have submitted a financial statement and tax returns that reveals that they have the financial capacity to care for the material needs of a child now and into the future.
They have undergone a psycho-social assessment by our professional adoptive staff.
Selecting an Adoptive Family
The Catholic Adoption Services staff assigned to work with you will ask you how you want to be involved in selecting the adoptive family for your child. Then they will ask you a series of questions that will help you focus on what you want for your child and what kind of adoptive families can best meet those preferences. Some birth mothers prefer:
A casual, rural lifestyle.
An urban lifestyle with easy access to a city’s art and culture.
Involvement in sports and recreation.
A family’s focus on education and reading.
Specific religious, racial and/or cultural affiliation.
Families will be selected from Catholic Adoption Services’ pool of potential and approved families that best match your stated preferences. You can be as involved in selecting the adoptive family for your child as you wish. You can:
Have Catholic Adoption Services staff make the selection of adoptive family from those families.
Review waiting adoptive family profiles and select on the basis of the information in the profile.
Meet prospective adoptive parents and “interview” them to determine best fit for their priorities for their child.
Your involvement in the process is up to you. Know that when you work with Catholic Adoption Services, we will only place your child with an adoptive couple who has been thoroughly screened by professionals.
Each of our approved and waiting families meet very high standards and are all great families. Each family is different with a variety of life resources for your child. You cannot make a bad decision in picking any one of our approved and waiting families.
Things to Remember
Plan ahead, if possible. Parenting your baby might the right decision for you or placing your baby for adoption might be the right decision for you – either way, the decision is yours to make.If you are choosing to make an adoptive plan, you will want to ensure that the family selected for your child has the skills, talents, commitment and capacity to meet your child’s needs well into the future. Catholic Adoption Services requires all adoptive families to meet very high standards. They are all great families; each one is different with a variety of life resources for your child. You cannot make a “bad” decision in picking any one of our approved and waiting families, but ideally you would want to have time to consider which one best meets your wishes for your child.
Hear about what birth parents, professionals and clients’ parents are saying about our services below:
Young women who have used our services have said:
“I don’t know how I could have gotten through this without your help. I’m in school now and doing great. I see my baby when I’m home on breaks.” ~Therese
“I am back in school. Nobody knows I had a baby. They think I had appendicitis. I have received my first progress report with photos. She’s beautiful and she looks so happy. Thank you for everything you did to make this happen for me and my baby.” ~Julie
“I don’t know where my baby and I would be if it weren’t for you.” ~Malika
“I just wanted you to know that my baby and I are doing well. He is two years old today. I can’t thank you enough for the help and support you gave me when I was so confused. I am back in school and have a part-time job. It isn’t easy, but I know we’ll make it and I’m happy. I think of you all the time and use the tools you gave me to calm myself and make decisions.” ~Jeannetta
“I have been extremely happy and content. I can’t remember ever feeling so full of joy. My job has been very rewarding and school keeps me busy. I met a wonderful man in September. And, I know Jeremy is well cared for. I couldn’t be happier. Thank you!” ~Angela
“I wish I had been in a position to parent Jacob, but I wasn’t. I love him so much. I know he is in a good place. Nick and Sandy are wonderful people and they are so good about sending cards and photos. Thank you for helping me through that awful time. I don’t know if I could have made it without your help.” ~Sarah
“I received a letter from my son’s adoptive parents today. I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to you and to say thank you for making it all happen.” ~Kerry
Adult adoptees have shared these thoughts adoption experience:
Professionals have said the following about our services:
“I have been so impressed with the caliber of adoptive parents that come through CCS.” ~Hospital Social Worker
“You have this process down. You were so thorough and everything went so smoothly.” ~Hospital Social Worker
“She (birth mother) was so well prepared for what was happening. I could tell that she had thought about the alternatives and didn’t come to this decision easily.” ~Postpartum Nurse
“It is so reassuring to know that you will continue to work with her (birth mother) and support her in her parenting. Not all agencies do.” ~Hospital social Worker
Thoughts from clients’ parents about our services:
“You were my angel. I don’t know how I could have gotten through this without you. I was in absolute shock! You stayed so calm and kept reassuring me and you handled things so quickly. And you helped me in my relationship with (daughter). We are closer now than we have been in a long time. Who knew something good could have come out of this.” ~Mother of birth mother.
“I appreciate the time and attention you gave (daughter) and (daughter’s boyfriend). They needed someone who was less emotionally involved than I am who could help them make a plan and then implement that plan. They have both grown a lot in the time you have been seeing them. Thank you.” ~Father of birth mother