Understanding Pregnancy and The Adoption Option

  • 'Can I afford a pregnancy? Am I ready to be a parent?'

    You have a lot of questions. You are facing many decisions.

    We are here to help. We are here to listen.

    Meet your free pregnancy counselor!

    Your counselor can help you navigate questions like:

    • Where can I find a good doctor for my pregnancy?
    • How do I pay for my doctor check-ups?
    • Where can I find maternity clothes?
    • How do I pay for my hospital stay during the birth?
    • What will it take to be a mom – and can I do it?
    • How does adoption work these days? Can I trust someone else to take care of my baby?
    • If I decide to parent my baby, how will I pay for things like diapers, clothing, formula, doctor visits and child care?

    Your counselor has information to help you answer the above questions – and any others you might be asking. She’s also familiar with a wide variety of resources and government assistance programs that can help pay for many of the costs associated with a pregnancy.

    And finally, she also works alongside our licensed adoption agency employees so that, should you decide to make a plan of adoption, she can work with you to choose a family and navigate the court process.

    What are the requirements?

    Every meeting with your counselor is free, 100% confidential, and she can meet with you as often – or as seldom – as you like.

    You can even bring family members with you to the sessions, including the father of your baby.

    We don’t preach or pressure. We’re simply here to help. And remember, you don’t have to be Catholic! Catholic Charities serves men and women from any background, religion, ethnicity, or income level.

    Contact the Counselor – it’s Free!

    To contact the pregnancy counselor at Catholic Charities, or to set up a free, confidential appointment, please call (303) 742-0823 ext. 2056 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • Adoption is a beautiful choice. Many proudly choose it.

    We can answer your questions about adoption.

    Q. Why might I choose adoption?
    A. As a mother, you may be unsure about your relationship with the father of your baby.

    • You may not feel ready to parent your child.
    • You may have life or career commitments that might be difficult to balance with the responsibilities of parenthood.
    • You may feel that another couple would be better prepared to provide your baby with a stable, loving, two-parent home.

    Today, the adoption process fully empowers the birth parents to make an informed decision for their child.

     

    Q. As a birth parent, can I be involved in the decision surrounding who adopts my baby?
    A. Yes! As a birth parent, you may decide:

    • Which family will adopt your child (you will meet them prior to the birth of your child!)
    • That chosen family’s characteristics, including their religious background
    • The level of contact you wish to maintain with your child after he or she is born

    There are estimated two-million families waiting each year to adopt.

     

    Q. What is adoption?
    A. Adoption is the legal placement of a child with people who will raise the child as their own.

     

    Q. What is an “open” adoption?
    A. An open adoption involves a “good faith” agreement (meaning that it is not legally binding) between you and your child’s adoptive family, to remain accessible to one another as the child grows up. This agreement says that you and the adoptive family will keep in touch, and it outlines the ways in which that contact will occur.

    By choosing the family with whom you feel most comfortable, you will feel confidence that the home and life provided to your child is both safe and loving. As your child grows older, he or she will be able to have his/her questions answered, including questions about who you are, and why you chose adoption for them.

     

    Q. What qualifications must prospective adoptive parents have?
    A. Adoptive families are carefully screened and educated about adoption as a way to build their family. The screening process includes criminal background checks, extensive interviews and home visits leading to the completion of a thorough home study.

    In addition, prospective adoptive parents participate in a process of education and self-assessment, all focused on ensuring their readiness to become parents through adoption.

     

    Q. How much would I know about my child’s adoptive parents?
    A. You can be very involved in choosing an adoptive family for your child; or, you can also choose to be completely uninvolved.

    Should you choose to be involved, you will be given “profiles” of various families waiting to adopt.

    Profiles include pictures and a letter from the adoptive family and information such as:

    • The potential adoptive families’ ages, personalities and physical descriptions
    • Their marriage status
    • Their religious beliefs
    • Their occupation, education and lifestyle
    • Their level of involvement they wish for you, the birth parent, to have with the child

     

    Q. How soon after birth would my child be placed in the adoptive home?
    A. In the state of Colorado, you may place your child with an adoptive family directly from the hospital upon discharge.

     

    Q. Is counseling available for me, to help me make these decisions?
    A. Yes! Counseling and support are available, free of charge, and can be on an individual basis, or together with your child’s father, or with other family members. Counseling is a time to share any fears, pressures, questions and concerns you are feeling about your pregnancy, and to make a plan for your child’s future.

     

  • Lighthouse Women's Center

    Lighthouse Women's CenterLighthouse Women's Center is a licensed medical center fully equipped to help women to make important decisions about their reproductive health.

    We are also here to support other men and women – boyfriends, spouses, family and friends – who are navigating these important decisions alongside the women in their lives.

    We offer a truly positive experience, in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere.

    To learn more, or to schedule a FREE, confidential appointment, visit www.lighthousedenver.org.

    Contact Lighthouse Women's Center

    Lighthouse Women’s Center
    3894 Olive Street
    Denver, CO 80207
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    (303) 320-8352

    Hours of Operation:

    Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Closed Saturday and Sunday

    Requesting an Appointment:

    We schedule appointments between 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are always welcome. We invite you to come as you are!