Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc.

Serving people of all faiths

Adoption Services

Pregnant and considering adoption?  Call or text 414-573-5899


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Forever Families

At Catholic Charities, we’ve been helping to create Forever Families since 1920.  Our adoption staff serves the ten counties of the Milwaukee Archdiocese. 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:

Domestic Adoption
Independent Adoption
Interstate Adoption
Step Parent Adoption
Relative 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 throughout the ten counties of southeastern Wisconsin.

Orientation session are provided without charge. Adoption fees vary based on services completed for each specific situation.

The adoption process includes:

  • Orientation: 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 a background check, individual 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 birth parents who are selecting an adoptive family.
  • Placement Process: When a birth parent 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
Pregnancy Support & Adoption Supervisor
414-771-2881 Ext. 4167

Colleen Cullison, MS, LPC
In Home Therapist
414-771-2881 Ext. 4189

Maggie Oelke, MSW, APSW
Adoption Social Worker
414-771-2881 Ext. 4125

Jessica St. Martin-Trejo, BS
Pregnancy Support Coordinator
414-771-2881 Ext. 4165

Dezirae Grant
Pregnancy Support Coordinator
414-771-2881 Ext. 4137

Catholic Charities

Mailing Address: PO Box 070912
                            Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Delivery Address: 3501 S. Lake Drive
                             St. Francis, WI 53235

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Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties.


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