Adoption & Specialized Foster Care

Adoption Services

Catholic Charities Adoption Services is a non-profit agency serving the Diocese of Harrisburg, which includes 15 counties in Central Pennsylvania. Since 1938, we’ve assisted birthparents, adoptive families and children with adoptions that meet the needs of all three groups.

We believe that every child is entitled to unconditional love and acceptance. We are licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.


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Specialized Foster Care

Catholic Charities Specialized Foster Care provides temporary, safe, nurturing homes for children who have been separated from their families by the court. If a child cannot be returned home, we develop a plan for permanent placement.

For children who cannot live at home or with relatives, our staff helps match available families with children in need.

Special Needs Children

Persons interested in becoming foster parents or adoptive parents for special needs children should contact our Adoption & Specialized Foster Care Program. A foster family for special needs adoption is called a “Resource Family.” A per diem is available to help meet the needs of these children.



A 19 year old woman left an abusive relationship with the infant’s birth father and was interested in making an adoption plan for her 9 week old baby. She was unemployed, close to being homeless, did not have a car or driver’s license and she felt that her daughter deserved two parents who were ready and equipped financially and emotionally for parenthood. Emma’s birth mother was placing Emma’s needs before her own feelings. But she had bonded with Emma and knew it would be extremely difficult.

Emma’s birth father was informed of the adoption plan and initially opposed it. But he realized that adoption was the best plan for their infant. Catholic Charities worked with the birth parents to choose the adoptive family.

Catholic Charities was able to provide grief counseling to Emma’s birth mother upon finalization of the adoption. As part of the openness agreement, the birth parents receive pictures and letters four times a year.

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