The Adoption Process

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Every Child. Every Family. Every Step of the Way.

Are you considering adoption as a way to start or expand your family? Making a decision to pursue adoption requires a period of deep discernment and study to determine if it is the right decision for you and your family. The first steps of your adoption journey can be daunting. Catholic Social Services of Montana can help you navigate all of the many complexities of the adoption process and ensure you make informed decisions regarding your adoption.

Since first opening our doors in 1953, CSSM has helped thousands of children join healthy, loving families. Regardless of which direction your adoption journey takes, we will be by your side every step of the way to support you.

Things to Consider

As prospective adoptive parents you will have several decisions to make along the way. Here are a few of the major items to research and discern on before making any decisions regarding adoption. As always, the staff at CSSM can provide informative resources on these topics as well as answer any questions you may have.

If you think adoption is the right choice to grow your family, click on the button below to be taken to our adoption application.

  • What kind of adoption is right for me?
    There are many different ways to go about adopting a child. One major decision is the type of adoption you wish to pursue. There are pros and cons for each type so be prepared to research them in better detail. For more information, see below.
  • Understand that adoption takes time
    You can never be sure how quickly or long it will take to get matched or have a placement. It could be days, months, or even years. In addition to waiting for the right match, there will be stacks of paperwork, many home visits, bundles of training, meetings, travel, and court dates. Prepare yourself for the time and dedication you will need to put into the adoption process.
  • How would you finance an adoption?
    Catholic Social Services of Montana is committed to keeping costs as affordable as possible, yet, the costs of adoption are unavoidable. To view our most up-to-date program service fee schedules, click HERE. It can be crucial to know what financial resources may exist be to meet those costs, including tax credits, loans, or grants. To learn more about this, click HERE.
  • Are you ready to embrace a different way of growing your family?
    Families can form in many ways. Whether through giving birth to one’s own biological children, fostering a child, or adoption, the word “family” can be defined in many different ways and is a specific and individualistic concept.

Types of Adoption