Family Support and Referral Center

Our Family Support and Referral Center offers a variety of resources to help families, individuals and seniors.

For years, Catholic Charities of Louisville has helped prepare expecting moms and dads for parenthood through its flagship Mother-Infant Care Program. We also offer a support group and informative classes for new parents. And for those seeking assistance with adoption services, we can connect clients with the appropriate local resources.

Mother-Infant Care Program

The Mother-Infant Care Program provides support to mothers- and fathers-to-be so they are prepared for their parenting journey. Resources include educational classes, case management and essential baby items ranging from clothing to cribs.

Knowledge is a powerful tool for new parents, which is why Catholic Charities offers classes on a variety of topics like: labor and birth, breastfeeding, infant safety, parent legal rights, healthy relationships, and early education for babies. Please click here to apply.

We also offer specialized programming for specific groups, including students of the JCPS Teenage Parenting Program and clients of Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Migrant and Refugee Services. If your organization is interested in specialized programming. For more information, contact Shalah Bottoms or Cydnei Dean at 502-637-9786.

Mama Matters

Catholic Charities of Louisville hosts a six-week support group called Mama Matters that is open to moms with children 5 years and under. For more information, contact Shalah Bottoms or Cydnei Dean at  502-637-9786.

Family Support On-the-Go

Parenting classes and other specialized programs are offered as requested by community organizations. Possible topics include: child development, positive discipline and developing family routines. On-site courses will be available soon. For more information, contact Shalah Bottoms or Cydnei Dean at 502-637-9786.

Adoption Services

As of March 2018, Catholic Charities of Louisville will no longer be a child-placing agency for foster care or adoption. As a result, services such as adoptive couple training and adoption home studies also will be removed.

However, we plan to continue and/or develop the follow adoption services:

  • Providing information and education on options regarding adoption for prospective adoptive couples and prospective birth parents;
  • Identifying and/or referring to placing agencies and/or private attorneys for adoption services for prospective adoptive couples and prospective birth parents;
  • Case management and community referrals for social services needed by any pregnant woman, regardless of plans to parent or to place child up for adoption;
  • Providing information regarding adoption records for past adoptions that took place through CCL or past agencies affiliated with the Archdiocese of Louisville, per statutes and policies;
  • Upon request, continued support and case management for adoptive families and birth families that have placed children for adoption through CCL.

If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Shalah Bottoms, Family Support & Referral Center Director,  at 502-637-9786 ext. 111 or sbottoms@archlou.org.

Adoption Records

Our goal is to reunite those adoptees that are searching for their birth parent(s) or the birth parents that is searching for his/her birth child. Both a birth parent and his/her birth child need to have made contact with Catholic Charities , in writing, giving consent to have contact before any reunion can take place. Both parent and child are then contacted by a Catholic Charities Post Adoption Specialist prior to providing any identifying information. We also provide non-identifying information and medical history to adoptee upon written request.

If you are looking for adoption records, please contact Kay Hackett or JoAnne Sherman, available Monday & Thursday from 10 AM – 3 PM, at 502-637-9786. What you’ll need…

1. Looking for birth parents:

  • Your adopted name
  • Your current address
  • Your contact numbers (home/cell)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your adoptive parents’ full names
  • Copy of driver’s license (used for identification purposes only)
  • Consent letter or email stating your desire for contact or no contact

2. Looking for birth child:

  • Name of child when placed for adoption
  • Your full name
  • Your current address
  • Your contact numbers (home/cell)
  • The child’s date of birth
  • Copy of driver’s license (used for identification purposes only)

3. Looking for non-identifying or medical information

  • Your adopted name
  • Your current address
  • Your contact numbers (home/cell)
  • Your date of birth
  • Your adoptive parents’ full names
  • Copy of driver’s license (used for identification purposes only)
  • $75 check or money order made payable to Catholic Charities

The most vulnerable among us face an array of challenges, and Catholic Charities is committed to assisting clients via direct services or by connecting them with like-minded organizations to get the help they need.

Referral Center

Catholic Charities of Louisville works in conjunction with a long list of local agencies to restore hope and provide support. Depending on the particular challenges a client is facing, our Resource Center staff will identify the appropriate organization to provide assistance. Examples of community partners are:

  • Food banks and community meals
  • Employment services
  • Maternity resources
  • Addiction recovery programs
  • Mental health services
  • Homeless shelters

Contact Peggy McCarty at  pmccarty@archlou.org  or 502-873-2566 ext. 109.

Cathedral Initiative

Four days a week, a Catholic Charities staff member provides a helping hand at the Cathedral of the Assumption’s daily lunch program. This staff member assists in distributing food to those in need and provides social support and referrals for community resources as needed. Learn more about the Daily Lunch Program. 

Catholic Charities of Louisville assists senior citizens as part of our comprehensive approach to preserving the dignity of clients in all stages of life. We are currently working to expand our resources to assist this population.