Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte has been fully licensed by the state of North Carolina as a child-placing agency since 1948. We provide services to 46 counties in the western region of North Carolina. We welcome families of all faiths and ethnicities. We believe that every child deserves to have a family to guide them through life. It is important to know that as you build your family through adoption, your journey does not end with the placement of a child. Our professional staff will provide ongoing support, guidance and education to all members of the adoption circle for a lifetime.
We are available to provide comprehensive services as well as contractual services. As you explore adoption through Catholic Charities, you will find a variety of options and a sliding fee scale that will meet your family’s needs.
Who can adopt?
- Couples or individuals
- Must be a resident of North Carolina for a minimum of six (6) months
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- If married, must be married for a minimum of two (2) years
How do I adopt?
The first step in our adoption process is to contact the adoption social worker to schedule a face to face consultation. During this visit you will learn more about adoption and our process. We will provide you with the application and you will have the opportunity to ask the very important questions that will help you make the best plan for your family.
In North Carolina, every family that adopts must have an approved pre-placement assessment. The assessment is the process by which the family engages with Catholic Charities staff to determine the readiness and preparedness to become an adoptive family. A key element of this process is the preparation of the family for placement including education, support and contact with other adoptive families. The assessment is completed within 90 days of the date your application is accepted for the pre-placement assessment process.
How am I matched?
Once your pre-placement assessment has been completed and approved you are ready for the next steps in your adoption journey. You will complete a parent profile that can be shared with expectant parents. Waiting time varies per family and placement is not guaranteed. There are a variety of factors that determine how quickly you are matched including degrees of openness and flexibility your family is willing to consider.
We are happy to assist you by providing general information about the intercountry adoption process and referring you to agencies in the area that provide intercountry adoption services.
After building your family through adoption, you may experience some adjustments and challenges. Our professional staff is available as a resource for your family to provide counseling, information and referrals, and other supportive services as needed to help your family overcome the challenges that may arise through your experiences with adoption.
Catholic Charities can act as a Confidential Intermediary (CI) to provide identifying and non-identifying information to adult adoptees and biological families. This service is available for those adoptions that were finalized through Catholic Charities or any adoption completed in North Carolina. There is a fee for providing identifying information. Please contact us for further details about confidential intermediary services.