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Catholic Family Services - Birmingham, Birmingham AL

  • Agency Name
  • Catholic Family Services - Birmingham
  • Agency Location
  • 1515 12th Ave S
    Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Contact Phone
  • (205) 324-6561
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  • Services Offered
  • Adoption; Counseling Services; Project Rachel; Hope and Healing Support Group; Birth Mother Services
  • Description
  • The mission of CFS is to provide the highest quality counseling and child welfare services and other related services to people of all faiths in the North Central Alabama area. CFS places primarily healthy infants in adoptive homes. We work with children and families of all racial backgrounds and have always been able to find permanent homes for children in our care. We place children with both married couples and single approved applicants. At CFS we see adoption as a lifelong commitment to a child. It is not a way to get through a tough patch in your marriage, or a means of coping with infertility. It should be a thoughtful decision and, for couples choosing adoption, it should be a mutual decision. CFS is committed to you to insure a smooth transition for your entry into parenthood. Because of the high quality of professional care we offer the birth mother, we believe we in turn offer you a safer, more secure adoption.
  • Adoption Process
  • The process of adoption is wonderful and trying, exciting and frustrating. It is begun by contacting the agency nearest you to be put on our Inquiry List. As soon as we can begin a home study, an adoption worker will contact you and schedule the first joint interview. This may be immediately or it may be several months depending on the number of approved families to whom we have already committed. There will then be a series of interviews, joint and individual, as well as in office and in your home. With each new interview you will be given paperwork to complete and return to your worker. Once the study has been completed and approved by our joint staffs, you will be notified and will then be considered for any available and appropriate infant based on your preferences and the infants available. Although the time varies to complete a home study, it normally takes three to four months. It is a major commitment by the applicants and the agency social worker. General Requirements for Adoptive Applicants - Residency: The adoptive family requesting to adopt through CFS must be residents of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama; Marriage: Couples who have been married at least (3) years and singles applicants are accepted for consideration of a home study; Religion: The applicants must be of a Christian faith, either Catholic or Protestant. We will also need a reference from your priest or minister attesting that you are a member of a church and that you will raise the child in a Christian home. Childlessness: Priority for healthy, white infant placements is given to childless couples who, for medical reasons, have been unable to have children. If the wife becomes pregnant during or after the approval procedure but before placement, the application will be placed on hold and closed once the child is born. In the case of miscarriage, the application will be returned to its former position and continued according to usual procedure, Adoptive applicants who already have a c
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