We hope that you’ve had a wonderful start to the 2018 year. With many exciting and important events in the past, present, and future, we can’t wait to see what this year brings for Catholic Charities- both for our staff and those we serve.
All Staff Meeting Update
Hopefully each of you had a delightful surprise when you heard that our All Staff meeting was cancelled on February 9th. We have now been able to schedule a NEW DATE which is Friday, May 11th. The time is still the same from 8:30 a.m. until about 3:00 p.m. Please plan accordingly with changing appointments for your clients. Reservations will be confirmed closer to that date.
Annual Report Coming Soon!
We are putting the finishing touches on the 2017 Annual Report. We cannot wait to share the final product with you all!
Lenten Luncheon Season is in Full Swing
The Sheboygan/Fond Du Lac Lenten Luncheon took place on Monday, February 26th at the St. Dominic Parish, and was a huge success! Keep reading to learn more about the Lenten Luncheons and see some moments that were captured!
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Catholic Charities’ pregnancy and parenting support program is a FREE home visiting program available to serve pregnant and parenting individuals and/or families who live in the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin. The pregnancy support coordinator works with clients by providing education, support, and case management. Our home visitation services are family-centered, strength-based, and directed at establishing a trusting relationship.
In addition to the one-on-one work we do with clients, we also offer opportunities for clients to support one another and address issues of social isolation. We offer a support group for our parenting clients as well as a closed Facebook group. We also offer an annual birth mother retreat in collaboration with the Madison, Lacrosse, and Green Bay Catholic Charities Dioceses.
We are a fully licensed Child Placement Agency (CPA) in Wisconsin. We offer domestic infant adoptions, Independent, Interstate, Relative, and Step-parent adoptions. Our largest program is our domestic infant adoption program and we no longer offer international adoptions.
When we meet with prospective adoptive families we are often asked many of these question- how long will it take to adopt, how much will the process cost, what are the demographics of the children we are seeing needing adoptive families, what other info should we know?
The infographic below gives a snapshot on national adoption data.
Melanie and Jack first contacted Catholic Charities’ adoption program in 2013. Since then, they had several opportunities to show their profile to expectant parents, and were even matched with an expectant mom in 2015. When that match fell through, the couple was devastated, but came back into the agency’s waiting pool in hopes that a different situation would turn out in their favor. 2016 was a hard year for Melanie and Jack as they examined their lives and their motivation to adopt.
However, in January of 2017, a profile opportunity went out to the waiting families for a mom that was just about to deliver twins. They jumped at the opportunity, telling their adoption worker that they always hoped they would have twins. On January 10, 2017, the expectant mother viewed their profile book and instantly felt a connection with Melanie and Jack. She asked to meet them the next day and decided to match with them right after the meeting.
On January 12, 2017, the mother went in for an emergency c-section, and the boys, Avery and Tyson, were born that same day. Melanie and Jack went to the hospital right away and met their boys. They spent 16 days in the NICU and were discharged into the home of the serendipitous couple on January 28, 2017. They finalized their adoption on August 1, 2017; growing their family by, not one, but two! They have adjusted beautifully as a family of four and are anxious to re-enter the agency’s waiting pool when the boys turn one, to grow their family even more!
Advent/Christmas giving in December of 2017 brought in hundreds of donated items for Catholic Charities’ clients. Participating in the giving were the following churches:
Parishes were happy to see the ‘bundle’ collection options, which included bath, dental, hair care, hygiene, cleaning, stationary, baby, and family fun bundles for distribution to our client families.
Four volunteers from US Bank helped with picking up the items at two of the larger parishes, and delivered those items to both our Milwaukee and Waukesha Offices.
One church, Our Lady of Good Hope parish in Milwaukee, is engaging its parishioners in a weekly Lenten ‘bundle’ collection for our clients.
Lenten Luncheons Benefit Catholic Charities’ Programs and Services