Pregnant and considering adoption? Call or text 414-573-5899
At Catholic Charities, we’ve been helping to create Forever Families since 1920. Our adoption staff serves the ten counties of the Milwaukee Archdiocese (and eleven counties of the Diocese of Madison, on a case-by-case basis). As you move through the adoption process, consider an agency that can help you navigate the challenging, and at times complicated, process of adoption. We understand the uncertainty, anxiety, and excitement that you may be feeling as you seek to open your heart and your home to a child.
Meet Our Families Looking To Adopt
A Personal Story About Adoption
The Adoption Process
Catholic Charities is a fully licensed Child Placing Agency, and can help with the following types of adoption:
Step Parent Adoption
We encourage open adoption, and believe that adoption is a lifelong process that involves the needs and interests of the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents. We serve families of all faiths.
Orientation sessions are provided without charge. Adoption fees vary based on services completed for each specific situation.
The domestic adoption process includes:
- Orientation: After requesting an orientation packet be mailed to you, attend an individual orientation meeting with one of our adoption workers, who will answer your questions and provide detailed information about our services
- Home Study: Home Studies consist of background checks, interviews, and a tour of your home.
- Portfolio Development: Once you have been approved for adoption, you will be asked to complete a portfolio consisting of pictures and stories on your family to share with expectant parent(s) who are selecting an adoptive family.
- Placement Process: When an expectant parent(s) goes through the selection process, they may request a face-to-face meeting with multiple families. Once a match is made, a plan will be developed for placement and adoption.
Contact us for more information:
Sarah Chidester, MSW, APSW
Director of Child Welfare Services
414-771-2881 Ext. 4167
Please contact for adoption inquiries
Maggie Oelke, MSW, APSW
Adoption Social Worker
Kami Mordi, MSW, APSW
Adoption Social Worker
Jessica St. Martin-Trejo, BS
Lead Pregnancy Support Coordinator
414-771-2881 Ext. 4165
Dezirae Grant, BSW
Pregnancy Support Coordinator
414-771-2881 Ext. 4137