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Adoption Services, Pregnancy Counseling to close

Steve Bresnahan
Executive Director
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
Of: 320.650.1550
Trina Dietz
Communications Coordinator
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud
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Cl: 320.260.4307
Catholic Charities to close adoption services, pregnancy counseling
In the 1980s, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud placed about 30 children in adoptive homes each year; in the 1990s, about 20. In 2015, they placed 2.

“We’ve spoken with a number of other agencies around the country, and this is a consistent trend,” said Steve Bresnahan, Catholic Charities Executive Director.

With the teenage pregnancy rate at a 20-year low and society’s views on single parenting changing, the need for adoptive and pregnancy counseling services has dropped significantly.

This means Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud will be the second Catholic Charities agency in the state this year to close their pregnancy counseling and adoption services. The first being Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese.

“This was a really tough decision,” said Bresnahan.  “As a Catholic organization, we’re very concerned that families have a way to form and be supported, but we need to use the resources the community shares with us as wisely as possible.”

At the heart of each Catholic Charities organization across the country, is a mission to meet the needs of the surrounding community. “While there is still a need for these services, there are many other organizations who provide these services, and provide them with the same philosophies that we have,” Bresnahan said. “By not duplicating efforts, overall, more people will be able to receive the services they need.”

Closing these programs isn’t as simple as locking the door and turning off the lights. While pregnant women were referred to other agencies beginning earlier this year, those whose cases are currently being managed will be supported through the end of their pregnancies, and beyond if needed.

The organization is exploring who will hold its adoption records and facilitate future information requests. They are also working to find other agencies willing to work with the families seeking to adopt children.

Bresnahan said, “We firmly believe that each family we were working with deserves to have a happy home, filled with children.”