Mission Statement
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Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford continues the ministry of Jesus in faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Church.
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Our mission is to serve God for the common good with compassion, dignity and respect; to assist people in achieving a degree of independence consonant with their human dignity; and to work in solidarity with the Church and the other people of good will in advocating for justice.

Guardianship to Adoption Home Study Program

Catholic Charities is able to provide home evaluations for a child or children already placed in a home of a non-relative. This type of home study is typically requested by the court to complete an adoption of a child or children. 

The home evaluation will include a home study report, a minimum of 2 home visits, criminal background checks, Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System checks, sex offender registry check, request for completed medical evaluations, review of tax records, and a minimum of 5 reference letters. The evaluation along with supporting documentation will be provided to the attorney of the potential adoptive parent/ parents. 

The fee for the Guardianship to Adoption Home Study is $950.00. 

This does not include the costs of the criminal background check which must be paid directly to the vendor. Catholic Charities will provide all forms and information regarding criminal background check services.