Adoption Services

The adoption process has as its main objective the wellbeing of children. The needs of a child serve as the main determinant of the total service although the independent needs and interests of the birth parents and adoptive parents are also fully recognized

Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for adoption services.

Adoption Services

We work with birth parents who wish to make an adoption plan for their unborn child.

CCCAS Adoption Services provides adoptive home studies, legal services, supervision of the placement until finalization and adoption preparation to the adoptive couple. The Agency works with county children and youth agencies to help children placed in the foster care system. The Agency provides family profiles and training to families interested in providing permanency through adoption for children residing in Pennsylvania who enter the adoption system.

Adoption Records

Catholic Charities Counseling & Adoption Services maintains the adoption records from St Joseph's Home for Children

Birth parents who placed a child for adoption through this agency may at any time contact the agency with updated medical and social history information on themselves or family members. Birth parents are required to submit this new information in writing along with a copy of their identification.

The birth parent willing to allow the disclosure of identifying information such as their name and contact information by waiving confidentiality must state his/her permission in a written statement along with a copy of their driver's license or other identification card. This letter is placed in the case file and is shared with the adoptee ONLY at his/her request. The agency does NOT contact the adoptee to inform him/her that a letter has been placed on file with the agency.

The biological siblings of the adoptee may also place a letter on file with their name and contact information to be given to the adoptee if the adoptee makes an inquiry to the agency about his/her adoption records. Proof of identification of the sibling is required along with the letter.


Effective November 3, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) may release a copy of an original birth certificate to adoptees born in the state

Individuals who are adopted must submit an Adoptee's Application for Noncertified Copy of Original Birth Record. Eligible applicants include the adopted individual and the lineal descendants of the adopted individual. No other individual, including adopted parents or birth parents, will be considered eligible. Contact the PA Department of Health to request a copy of the original birth certificate or for further information.