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January 26, 2020

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Experiences Dramatic Increase in Number of New Families Seeking to Adopt At-Risk Children During the Last Six Months 

Twenty New Families Begin Adoption Process; Catholic Charities Continues to Build Upon the More Than 100 Adoptions Organization Assisted with Last Year

ARLINGTON, Va. - Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington adoption services experienced a dramatic increase in the number of new families beginning pre-placement training to open their homes to children waiting to be adopted. The organization saw 20 new families begin the program in the last six months, compared to seven during the same timeframe the previous year. The organization assisted in more than 100 adoptions overall last year, providing critical pre-placement, placement and post-placement assistance to families in crisis and potential adoptive and foster parents.

“Families are the central building block of our communities,” said Stephen Carattini, President and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. “For three-quarters of a century, Catholic Charities' adoption services have provided critical support to families in crisis and those working to build loving forever families. We know our work supporting the selfless, loving parents who open their arms to welcome these children has a life-long impact on the children and an immeasurable impact on the broader community.”

The need for adoption is dramatic, as there continue to be about 100,000 children nationally awaiting the promise of a forever family through adoption. Families whose faith motivates them to adopt, or to voluntarily place a child for adoption, often turn to faith-based agencies, such as Catholic Charities, to receive critical support.  

Catholic Charities' adoption services include training for parents on competencies to provide a nurturing environment to children experiencing trauma and abuse, offering support groups and a variety of therapy and mental health services for parents and at-risk children. The organization partners with local county agencies and departments nationwide that have children awaiting adoption. A significant portion of training and support services are now provided virtually, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to adoption services, Catholic Charities provides pregnancy support for women and families in crisis, funded by the adoption service revenue. Catholic Charities also served 75 women and families in crisis last year through counseling, case management and material assistance.

For more information, visit the Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington's website.

Interested media, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or Amber.Roseboom@arlingtondiocese.org.

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington serves the poor and vulnerable who live within the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington, which is led by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Catholic Charities provides food for the hungry, a free medical clinic for adults including prenatal care, adoption services, transformational housing for the homeless, mental health counseling, emergency financial assistance, prison ministry, workforce development and immigration and refugee services. Catholic Charities serves all, regardless of faith.www.ccda.net.