Adoption Services

Adoption is a loving and rewarding journey of life for children, birth parents and adoptive parents.

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Important Information

Services Offered

The mission of St. Anne Adoption Services is to be Christ’s merciful love to pregnant women, children and adoptive families. We educate, assist and equip those making parenting plans to meet the needs and best interest of the child.

In addition to orientation meetings and adoptive parent preparation classes for those wishing to adopt, we offer support groups for both birth mothers and adoptive families.

Hours of Operation

Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. 

We have a 24-hour HOPELINE for anyone needing help with pregnancy-related services.

(918) 978-4673

Considering adoption for your baby?

Services for pregnant women considering adoption include:

Court approved living expenses
Medical care
Selection of couples who are approved to adopt
Adoption planning
Coordinating the legal requirements for adoption
Hospital planning, coordination and visitation
Counseling before and after birth
Support groups
Education and vocational classes
Referrals for housing
Post Adoption Services

Questions and answers about adoption:

Who selects the adoptive parents? 

Birth mothers can review the approved families eligible to adopt. Birth parents select the adoptive parents from the couples who have an approved adoption home study with Catholic Charities. The birth parents determine if they want to have an open, semi-open or closed/confidential adoption and are matched with adoptive families with the same desire.

What if I have not applied for medical care and have no insurance? 

We can help. We have prenatal care on campus and we can assist with the Medicaid application. Deliveries through the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Services occur at Saint Francis Health System or OSU Medical Center.

For more information or to talk to someone creating an adoption plan, call or text our 24-hour HOPELINE: (918) 978-4673

 

You may also fill out this form and we will contact you during business hours:

Want to adopt?

Services for couples considering adoption include:

  • Orientation meeting about the adoption journey
  • Education and preparation classes about adoption
  • Adoptive Home Assessment
  • Sharing of waiting families on Catholic Charities website
  • Hospital planning, coordination and visitation
  • Post placement visits and reports for the Court
  • Counseling before and after the placement of the child
  • Support groups
  • Coordination and referral for all the legal requirements for adoption
  • Post-adoption services

Questions and answers about adoption:

What are the requirements for adoptive parents?

Those of a Christian faith, who enter into Holy Matrimony, in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching and Canon Law, must meet the following requirements: married for three years, between the ages of 25-50, no history of child abuse, no criminal history and an approved Adoption Home Study. We only place with Oklahoma families unless the birth parents prefer an out of state couple. Family life is a vocational calling and faith is a part of the adoption journey.

How long does it take to adopt a baby?

After couples have an approved Adoption Home Study, the placement of a child with their family can be as brief as a few weeks to as long as a few years. Catholic Charities primarily places newborns and infants, however, on occasion we have assisted with placements of older children.

How do we begin?

Couples should complete the online pre-application. After submission and acceptance, each couple will attend an orientation meeting to begin the adoption journey.

Eligibility Criteria

Those of a Christian Faith, who enter into Holy Matrimony, in accordance with Catholic Social Teaching and Canon Law* must meet the following criteria:

Married at least 3 years
Member of a Christian Church
Between ages 25-50
Legal resident of the United States
OSBI Criminal History Clearance
Child Abuse Clearance
Documented/approved medical evaluation by MD or DO to become adoptive parents
Evidence of financial stability
Approved Adoption Home Study

Yearly requirements to adopt:

15 hours of Adoption Education by husband and wife
Updated and Approved Adoption Home Study

Couples who meet criteria of the Indian Child Welfare Act must provide copies of CDIB/enrollment card.

References:

*1. Code of Canon Law: Canon Law Society of America, Title VII. Marriage CAN.1055 – 1062
*2. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P3V.HTM
3. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/index.cfm
4. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/marriage-and-family/marriage/promotion-and-defense-of-marriage/frequently-asked-questions-on-defense-of-marriage.cfm
5. http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/justpeace/documents/rc_pc_justpeace_doc_20060526_compendio-dott-soc_en.html

Events & Support Groups

We gather throughout the year to share our adoption experiences and learn more about adoption. Adoption is a life-defining event meant to be celebrated and we share together in these special moments together.

For all events and support groups, see our Calendar of Events for specific times, locations and registration information.

Life After Placement - Birth Mother Support Group - For women who have or are considering adoption for their child. Held the third Tuesday of each month (except for May, July and December) from 6 pm to 8 pm at Catholic Charities St. Anne Adoption Services. All birth mothers are invited. (Not just Catholic Charities birth mothers.)  

Birth Mother Mass - Each May, Catholic Charities celebrates all mothers with a special Mass. 

Adoptive Parent Orientation Meeting - Meetings are held once a month with prospective adoptive couples who are interested in adoption and learning more about the services of Catholic Charities. Meetings rotate monthly from afternoon to early evening.

Adoptive Parent Support Group - Monthly educational meetings occur at the Church of the Madalene to learn more about adoption. 

Adoptive Parent Preparation Class - This is a 7-hour introductory class held in January and August of each year to prepare couples for the adoption process. It is required that each couple attend this course. The course will review what is involved with an adoption home study and the legal, financial, emotional and spiritual aspects of adopting. A panel of adoptive parents and birth parents speak, as well as an attorney. 

Adoptive Family Picnic - We celebrate adoptive families with fun in the park and a picnic every June. 

National Adoption Month - Each November, Catholic Charities celebrates National Adoption Month with special events.

Contact Us

(918) 508-7131

adoptioninfo@cceok.org

Pregnant? We can help!

Call or text our HOPELINE 24/7
(918) 978-4673

Catholic Charities programs are located at our main campus at 2450 North Harvard Avenue unless noted.