Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc.

Adoption Process

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

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


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.

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.

The Catholic Charities Adoption team works out of our Milwaukee location, but serves the 10 counties of southeast Wisconsin and the diocese of Madison. 

Contact us for more information:

Jennifer Layton, MSW, APSW
Director of Child Welfare Services
414-771-2881 Ext. 4167

Please contact for adoption inquiries

Catholic Charities

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

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

Office Locations and Phone Numbers

Serving our neighbors in need in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha Counties.


©2022 Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Inc.