Adoption is a life-long process and each adoption is unique and special. Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley offers expertise in adoption services including general adoption information, post-legal services, and birth options counseling. We also support adoptive families through the SAFE Counseling program, educational programming, and support for adoptees.
Whether you’re pregnant and considering making an adoption plan, you’re an adoptee looking for information on your birth family, you’re looking for information about how to adopt a child, or your family includes an adopted child, we have expertise to assist you. The CSSMV counseling program is always available to adult and child adoptees and their families.
If you’re pregnant and trying to decide whether to make an adoption plan, our birth options counseling service is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Our counseling team has expertise working with adoptive families as they go through the adoptive family life cycle. To learn more about these stages and how CSSMV can help address some of the unique challenges faced by adoptive families, please CLICK HERE.
Some adopted children have difficulty developing an attachment to their adoptive families. In extreme cases, they may be diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder, or RAD. Catholic Social Services’ specialized SAFE Counseling program can help. CLICK HERE for more information.
Our state-certified adoption counselor can give you information about open, confidential, and identified adoption options, as well as explaining what to expect from both emotional and logistical/legal perspectives.
We work with Adoption Circle, a private, non-profit, Ohio-licensed adoption agency, and can also connect you to other community resources.
CSSMV maintains records for all finalized adoptions that used our adoption placement services.
If you are an adoptee, a birth parent, or an adoptive family whose legal adoption was finalized through CSSMV, we can help you access information from your records.
For assistance, please contact Elizabeth Edington at (937) 296-1007 ext.2120.
From the moment of birth, when a baby struggles to find the first breaths of life, the people and the environment surrounding the child are important to his or her survival. When a child’s birth or early developmental experiences are filled with problems, behavioral issues can arise and begin to magnify as the child grows. A child who has endured trauma may develop an attachment disorder. Children who have been abused or neglected and/or had multiple foster care placements prior to adoption are particularly “at risk” of developing attachment and bonding difficulties.
Conventional parenting, standard school discipline or traditional outpatient therapy are often less than effective for “hard-to-reach” children with an attachment disorder. These children and their families need help, and it is available through Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley’s SAFE Counseling program.
SAFE Counseling is designed to treat children and to educate parents of children who exhibit signs of an attachment disorder. SAFE Counseling offers help to parents of children who have serious issues that seem unsolvable.
Attachment therapy is an integrated treatment approach that uses elements of cognitive-behavioral, object relations, family and psychodynamic therapies to facilitate child-parent bonding and to measure feedback. In conjunction with these therapies, holding therapy is used to establish a safe place with safe people in which the child can safely talk about and experience the painful issues of the past.
The program seeks to jump start the attachment cycle aborted as the result of the child’s earlier trauma. SAFE believes it is essential to break through barriers of trauma before a child can develop healthy interpersonal relations built on trust. SAFE counseling aims to begin the attachment and healing process for the child and the adoptive or current family.
Birth options counseling is for any pregnant woman at any stage of her pregnancy who is trying to decide whether she is ready to become a parent, or if making an adoption plan would be the best choice. This service is also available to birth fathers and other family members seeking to help. A counselor can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In this process, a CSSMV counselor will help you carefully weigh your options. The core of the process includes an exploration of facts and feelings. Other options beyond parenting and traditional adoption may include placing your baby with a relative or a family you already know.
If you decide to make an adoption plan for your child, we can help you. Our state-certified adoption counselor can give you information about open, confidential, and identified adoption options, as well as explaining what to expect from both emotional and logistical/legal perspectives. We work with Adoption Circle — a private, non-profit, Ohio-licensed adoption agency — to assist you with adoption placement. We are here to support the birth mother and her family as well as the birth father. Our caring counselors are here to offer ongoing support before, during, and after whatever decision you make.
If you decide to parent your child, we can help. CSSMV offers pregnancy and parenting supports. We can give you information and link you to resources for prenatal care, housing, financial assistance, home visiting services, parenting classes, support groups, childcare, and other services available in your community that will help you and your baby.
The Better Business Bureau serving Dayton and the Miami Valley hosted its annual Eclipse Integrity Awards dinner on May 14, 2019. About 500 people joined the organization at the David H. Ponitz Sinclair Center to honor four organizations with the prestigious Eclipse Integrity Awards, five Students of Integrity Award winners, Community Honor recipients, local Torch […]