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    A word that

changes everything


A word that makes a difference

Life does not always happen as planned.  Are you feeling frustrated, hopeful, angry, surprised, confused or unsure of the next steps?  We are here to help.

Trained social workers in our pregnancy support program will

listen supportively, connect you with helpful resources, and walk with you throughout your pregnancy. 

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What is an ethical adoption?

Ethical adoptions are performed by professionals who are qualified to provide services to both the adoptive family and the birth family. Ethical adoptions do not treat the child as a commodity and an ethical adoption agency will not charge excessive fees for services and placement. In an ethical adoption, the birth parents will be provided with full access to birthparent counseling to help their decision-making process, free of pressure or coercion. This enables them to make a decision while fully understanding the implication of their choice.

Red flags to look for when considering adoption

Here are some questions to ask a potential adoption advocate, agency, or consultant:

  • Are they licensed in my state?

  • How much do they charge?

  • Are they full-service?

  • What kind of care do they provide the birth parents before, during, and after an adoptive placement?

  • Do they provide legal representation for the birth parents?

Why choose a licensed agency?

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Not all agencies are equal. When an agency is licensed, that means they have met the standards set by the state in which they are licensed and meet all local, state, and federal guidelines. They are also regularly audited and reviewed to ensure standards of care are being met. Operating beyond the scope of your license would be considered unethical and can create legal issues in the adoption process.

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CFS is licensed in both Missouri and Illinois. CFS maintains high standards of care for both the birth and adoptive families with the goal of facilitating the best course of action for the child. Birth parents are provided with birth parent counseling from a licensed social worker and are given their own legal representation, as well as access to a lifetime of post-adoption support. The adoptive process is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but is individualized to each client.  CFS is a full-service agency, meaning we will walk with both families from day one, to placement, and beyond.

We are here to help.

Reach out to us

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or call 314-968-2216

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