- Are there age limits for adoptive parents?
Our program does not have an upper limit regarding age of the adoptive parents. We examine each case individually.
- Can I receive pregnancy/parenting services without telling my parents if I am a minor?
If you are 14 or older, you may receive services without parental consent. However, we strongly advise youto tell your parents as soon as possible. We can help you decide the best way to tell your family.
- Can my family and/or the birth father join me when I receive pregnancy/parenting services?
You may involve anyone who is important in your life. It is important for the birth father and your family to support you in planning for the baby.
- Do the Pregnancy Support Coordination services provided by Catholic Charities cost anything?
All Pregnancy Support Coordination services are provided free of charge to our clients. If you have a medical assistance card (Forward or BadgerCare), we may bill your insurance for certain services.
- Do you have to be Catholic to take advantage of Catholic Charities services?
No, we serve individuals and families of all faiths.
- Do the pregnancy/parenting services provided by Catholic Charities cost anything?
All pregnancy and parenting services are provided free of charge to our clients. If you have a medical assistance card (Forward or BadgerCare), we may bill your insurance for certain services.
- How do I know if adoption is the right choice?
Our staff will help you look at your options, your support system, and your plans for the future. We will answer your questions and use non-directive counseling to help you make the best choice for you and your baby.
- I am pregnant - can you help me find a doctor?
Our staff can give you the names of doctors and clinics in your area and can refer you to a site to apply for a medical assistance card if you do not have health insurance. It is important to start pre-natal care as early as possible.
- What does a home study involve?
As required by the State of Wisconsin, it includes a physical; criminal, child abuse, and driver's license checks; personal references; education about adoption; interviews; verification of personal information and financial stability; and a home visit. Most people find the process positive and enlightening.
- What if I decide to parent?
Parenting is the right choice for many women. Catholic Charities will help you create a parenting plan and find the assistance you need to care for your baby. We will also provide emotional support as you choose to parent.
- What is open adoption?
An open adoption is an adoption in which adoptive parents and birth parents meet each other and exchange identifying information. In most cases, the families remain in contact. This allows everyone involved to be honest with each other. Families create the relationships that work best for them, and these relationships may change over time.
- What is the legal process regarding adoption?
Birth parents consent to the termination of their parental rights in a court hearing in their home county. This hearing is usually held 4-6 weeks after delivery. Wisconsin's use of court hearings, rather than allowing parents to simply sign away their rights, is the reason that adoptions in Wisconsin are so stable and are rarely challenged.
- What role does the birth father play in adoption?
In Wisconsin, the birth father of the child placed for adoption must be notified of the court hearing. Catholic Charities does its best to locate the birth father as early as posible in the process, preferably before the baby is born, and involve him in the adoption planning.
- What services and resources are available for the elderly?
Catholic Charities' Adult Care Ministries has two Adult Day Care Services and Resource Center, a Dementia-Specific Day Respite Program and provides In-Home Support Services for older and disabled adults. For more information check the information listed on our website or call 414-771-2881.
- Who qualifies for pregnancy support coordination services offered by Catholic Charities?
Any pregnant girl or woman, or recently delivered mother.
- Why should I work with Catholic Charities regarding an adoption?
Catholic Charities has been serving families in southeastern Wisconsin since 1920. The agency is committed to providing the best service to all clients: adoptive parents, birth parents, and the children. And as a non-profit agency, Catholic Charities keeps its fees as low as possible.