Apply Today to Become a Catholic Adoptive Family!
Are you Catholic and considering adoption? This is a big step, and many find it hard to know where to start. We are here to help, and our adoption coordinators are here to answer all of your questions and provide you with the information you need.
As an adoption agency serving Catholics, we have helped many Catholic families pursue their dreams of growing their family, and we are eager to help you too. We speak to many birth mothers every day, most of whom are seeking Catholic families, just like yours! If you have been led to our site, you have found your path to parenthood.
We have been bringing Catholic adoptive families and Catholic birth mothers together since 1986. Catholic family and child services are an important part of our work. We work with birth mothers who are pregnant, have just given birth, and mothers who have older children and sibling groups. Our adoption coordinators have extensive experience and will explain all of your options and record your preferences. You may hope for a newborn or be open to an older child or sibling group. Adoption is somewhat unpredictable, but with faith and an open heart, your dreams of growing your family will come true.
In your search for a Catholic adoption agency, know that we promote open adoption. It has been found that open adoption benefits everyone involved in the adoption. A birth mother does not feel like she is “giving up her baby”. She knows she is placing her child in a loving Catholic home. She knows she will get updates, pictures, and perhaps even visits. The adoptive parents have access to medical and genetic backgrounds and family history but most importantly, the child benefits. A child who understands why they were placed for adoption, their heritage, and who their birth parents are have been found to have higher self-esteem and a healthier sense of who they are.
Many Catholic adoptive families and birth mothers form close relationships. Some describe the relationship as feeling like an extended family. Sometimes the birth fathers and birth grandparents are also a part of this extended family. There is never too much love for a child.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Throughout the process, your adoption coordinator will be there with you. She will guide you through the home study process, help you create your profile, and will pray with you and for you if you like. She will answer all of your questions and work hard to match you with just the right birth mother. Our coordinators have extensive experience and caring hearts.
You can also take advantage of all the articles and webinars available. You will find an extensive library of subjects covered in these articles and webinars that cover everything from preparing to adopt, adoption finance, open adoption, life after adoption, and much, much more. You will be able to hear from other adoptive parents about their adoption journeys. You can learn what worked well for them, their struggles, and interact live on our webinars or watch them recorded.
In partnership with Lifetime Adoption, we are facilitating many adoptions every month, over 120 a year! And we can help find a baby for you too! To begin your adoption journey, please visit Lifetime Adoption today and complete a free application.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lifetime Adoption at (727) 493-0933.
“No matter what never underestimate the power of prayer, love and faith.”
-Anurag Prakash Ray
Prayer is powerful. It can also be comforting, encouraging, and inspiring. It can give you the faith to believe in your dream of growing your family through adoption. It can also give you the strength to navigate your adoption journey with energy and confidence.
Reciting a Catholic prayer for a newborn baby, toddler, or sibling group, can reinvigorate your efforts to adopt. There are many things you can do to be proactive in achieving your adoption dreams. Reaching out via social media and engaging with your Catholic church members to get the word out that you hope to adopt can be the spark that leads you to your birth mother. When you go to mass, let your congregation know of your hopes. You never know when one of those parish members might come across a friend or family member experiencing an unplanned pregnancy that would love to find a Catholic family to adopt their baby.
So, open your heart and say a prayer for you, your family, and the birth family of that child that is on his way to your heart.
St. Theresa’s Prayer:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
My Lord, the baby is dead!
Why, my Lord, dare I ask why? It will not hear the whisper of the wind or see the beauty of its parents’ faces-it will not see the beauty of Your creation or the flame of a sunrise. Why, my Lord?
“Why, My Child, do you ask ‘why’? Well, I will tell you why.
You see, the child lives. Instead of the wind, he hears the sound of angels singing before My throne. Instead of the beauty that passes, he sees everlasting Beauty-he sees My face. He was created and lived a short time so the image of his parents imprinted on his face may stand before Me as their personal intercessor. He knows secrets of heaven unknown to men on earth. He laughs with a special joy that only the innocent possess. My ways are not the ways of man. I create for My Kingdom and each creature fills a place in that Kingdom that could not be filled by another. He was created for My joy and his parents’ merits. He has never seen pain or sin. He has never felt hunger or pain. I breathed a soul into a seed, made it grow and called it forth.”
I am humbled before you, my Lord, for questioning Your wisdom, goodness, and love. I speak as a fool-forgive me. I acknowledge Your sovereign rights over life and death. I thank You for the life that began for so short a time to enjoy so long an Eternity.
Bless all expectant mothers
who are placing their children for adoption
and who may also be young and afraid.
They love their children so much that they are
willing to place them with a loving family.
Bless, too, all the women who already have shown the sacrificial nature of a mother’s love in making adoption plans for their children.
Give them all your courage and your peace, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PETITION TO ST. JOSEPH
Though you must have been troubled by Mary’s news, you trusted in God’s promises.
Elizabeth, too, though she was
thought to be barren,
trusted in the promises of God,
and she bore a son, John,
who would herald the arrival of the Messiah.
Hear the prayers of all mothers who place their children for adoption and intercede for them before your adopted Son and Savior.
St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us.
PRAYER Heavenly Father,
You are the Author of life and love.
You have called us by name
and made us your sons
and your daughters,
and you know your plan for our lives.
If it be your will,
bless those who are pursuing adoption,
give them generous hearts,
and send them a child to love
and with whom to share your great love for us.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PETITION TO ST. JOSEPH
You know the yearning in the hearts of married couples pursuing adoption.
They have so much love to give
and wish to share that love with a child.
As you took Mary and Jesus
into your home at Nazareth,
may the grace of parenthood also be granted
for such as these.
We beg your intercession before the Father.
St. Joseph, foster-father of Jesus, pray for us
PETITION TO ST. JOSEPH
St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary,
you witnessed first-hand the joy of her motherhood.
Be attentive to the needs of these women who long to welcome a child through adoption.
Give encouragement to all adoptive mothers, that, with the support of their husbands, they might know the joy that comes from a lifetime of serving as mother, nurturer, and friend.
Intercede for them before the Father, we ask you.
St. Joseph, spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
PETITION TO ST. JOSEPH
St. Joseph, adoptive father of Jesus,
you, too, welcomed a child into your home
because you were obedient to the plan of God.
Give encouragement to all adoptive fathers, that with the support of their wives, they might know the joy that comes from serving as guardian, father, and protector.
St. Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for us.