International Adoptions

2601 N Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


International Adoptions

The International Adoptions Program provides complete adoption services, including assessment, training, home study, post-placement, and post-adoption services for those interested in adopting a child from abroad, with a particular specialty in relative adoption from the Philippines.

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The experienced adoption professionals at Catholic Charities provide extensive support & guidance through all phases of the adoption process. The advantages of working with Catholic Charities’ International Adoption Program include:

  • Our thorough education and training for prospective parents helps you to prepare for adoptive parenthood.
  • Our ongoing support for adoptive parents throughout the process, offered by your social worker and through our monthly waiting parent groups, until a child is placed in your family.
  • Our program matches you with one social worker throughout the process, who provides you with personalized services. Prospective adoptive parents know in advance what the agency fees are, and international fees are paid, on your
    behalf, to approved programs overseas, prior to travel.
  • Our knowledge and experience in providing ethical adoption services and supportive counseling to adoptive parents over many years.
  • Our excellent relationships with foreign adoption sources and cooperating agencies.
  • Our valuable resources for medical and developmental pre-placement child referral assessments.
  • Our commitment to the lifelong needs of those touched by adoption through ongoing post adoption services for adoptive parents, adoptive families and adopted persons.

Don’t hesitate to call us at 410-659-4050 to speak to one of our social workers, who can answer your questions and provide further information about international adoption at Catholic Charities.

Your Adoption Finance Coach

Catholic Charities has partnered with Your Adoption Finance Coach to assist adoptive parents with creating a customized financial plan to make their adoption dreams come true. This service is available to adoptive parents who have an approved home study through Catholic Charities of Baltimore. For more information about this service contact us today.

Domestic Adoptions

We can provide home study and post-placement services for those interested in pursuing an independent adoption.

International Adoptions: Next Steps

Contact Adoption Services at 410-659-4050 or email We will be happy to speak with you!

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Help a child find a family. Host a child this summer. Kidsave, in collaboration with Catholic Charities of Baltimore, is bringing children to the United States this July for the 2017 Summer Miracles program. The program brings Colombian children, ages 10-14, who are growing up in orphanages and foster families, to communities across the U.S. to stay with host families for a 4-week summer visit. During their stay, the children experience life in a family, attend summer camp, and meet prospective adoptive families. Some host families may decide adopt the children they host. All host families advocate to help the children find an adoptive family. Click here to learn 

Host families can live anywhere in the United States. To learn more about hosting this summer attend a free orientation webinar. View all upcoming webinar dates on Kidsave’s website here: Questions? Contact Bevin, / 310-642-7283.

Adoptions in Nigeria

Catholic Charities is able to assist families who are pursuing independent adoptions in Nigeria.  Prospective adopters must be Nigerian American and must be able to travel to Nigeria at least twice to complete certain tasks in the adoption process.

Under the new U.S. law called “The Universal Accreditation Act,” all international adoptions must be managed by a U.S. Adoption Agency.  The U.S. agency is referred to as the “Primary Provider” in the case.  Catholic Charities has developed Memorandums of Understanding with ten Nigerian states, and is in the process of developing agreements with a dozen more. Therefore, we are acting as the “Primary Provider” in these cases.

The international adoption process is complicated, and at times, frustrating and confusing.  We can assist you in negotiating this complex process.  Our fees are reasonable and we are one of the few agencies in the U.S. who are willing to act as the Primary Provider in these cases.

Please contact Ellen Warnock at, or at 410-659-4032, for more information.

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