If You Are Considering Adopting
LCFS has been providing adoption assistance to the Greater Milwaukee area for
over 120 years and is licensed by the State to place children for adoption in
27 counties across eastern Wisconsin. Our Adoption Social Worker will work
personally with you to discuss your motivation, availability and consideration.
We will conduct a home study in preparation for adoption, work with adoptive families
to explain the detailed legal process and provide referrals for qualified attorneys.
Our fees for adoption are very competitive, and we will provide resources
for financial assistance if necessary. As a Christian, faith-based organization,
we establish that families chosen and approved by us will raise their child
in a Christian environment.
Are We Ready to Adopt?
These are things to consider when thinking about adoption:
- For what reasons are we considering adoption?
- Because it may take a long time, are we prepared to wait?
- What are the costs involved in adopting and parenting a child?
- Are there any unresolved issues (such as infertility)?
- Would we consider adopting a child with special needs?
- Start Your Journey!
Types of Adoption
Expectant parents can meet our adoption coordinator, discuss
and consider an adoption plan while receiving ongoing support,
all through our free birth parent counseling.
Married Christian couples who are stable and who want to grow
their family can receive guidance through the adoptive process.
LCFS will act as the go-between and guide to both the birth parents
and adoptive parents every step of the way. The goal of this process
is to provide aid, relief and support to someone experiencing a crisis
pregnancy, to grow a waiting family with the gift of a new baby, and to
give that baby the possibility of a successful future.
LCFS works with established international adoption agencies to help adoptive
families locate infants available for adoption. Through such partnerships, LCFS
facilitates international connections across the world.
With guidance and support, adoptive parents provide permanency for children
living in understaffed orphanages and foster homes. The goal is that these
children will be placed with loving, “forever” families that are supported by their
family and community.
When a parent asks a relative to assume the full responsibilities of parenting,
adoption may be considered. These adoptions often formalize or make permanent
a family arrangement that already exists for the child.
In some marriages, there may be children from a previous relationship
who have an absent or neglectful biological parent. In such situations,
a stepparent adoption might be appropriate. In court, the parental rights
of one biological parent are terminated. Afterward, a separate court hearing
allows the stepparent to legally adopt the child. Stepparent adoption is a
good idea because it protects the rights of the stepparent and gives them
the legal right to raise the child if something should happen to the biological
parent. It also gives a child the message that the stepparent wants to
make their relationship permanent and legal.