November is National Adoption Month
Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? Since 1938, Catholic Charities has assisted birthparents, adoptive families and children with adoptions that meet the needs of all three groups. Our program has many success stories, but here is one from this past year:
The Catholic Charities Adoption program not only provides domestic adoption and special needs adoption services, but it also helps adoptees and their birth parents connect with each other through search services. Nearly 50 years ago, Tina was an accomplished athlete who found herself pregnant while pursuing an advanced degree. With housing and supportive services from Catholic Charities, Tina made the difficult decision to place her daughter for adoption. Following the adoption, Tina pursued her career as an athlete, coach, and business administrator. While she was confident that she made the right decision, Tina constantly thought about the daughter she placed for adoption and wondered about her well-being. She eventually made attempts to find her daughter through various sources and by updating her online information in the event that her only child might someday want to meet her. After several years, Tina had come to the conclusion that meeting her daughter was just not meant to be.
This past year, Tina’s daughter (Beth) contacted Catholic Charities with a request for information about her birth parents. After talking with Beth and encouraging her to pursue the search, Catholic Charities was able to connect Beth with her birth mother. The two later traveled to meet each other, and Tina was given the opportunity to meet Beth’s husband and daughters. Tina was thrilled to learn that she was a grandmother, but she was most happy to hear that her daughter had loving adoptive parents who had given her a good life. Tina later wrote to Catholic Charities that, “I think someone did a lot of praying, and the prayers were answered.”
To accomplish this important work, we rely on the generosity of those who support us with their charitable gifts. For more information about our program or to make a donation online, visit our Adoption website.