Family Directions

Helping expectant familiesCatholic Charities has been serving expectant parents & adoptive families for almost 100 years. We help families prepare to welcome a child into their home & support them throughout the whole process. We also help birth parents in the difficult process of planning for an unexpected pregnancy. We will discuss your options with you, help in your decision-making, conduct home studies, guide you through the legalization of an adoption & provide post-placement services.

Catholic Charities is licensed by the Department of Children & Families as a child-placing agency and is COA accredited. Catholic Charities has full Hague Accreditation. In serving families who choose to build their family through adoption, Catholic Charities provides many different adoption services: home study approval services (both domestic & international), domestic child placement, post-placement & post-adoption supervision, and search & right-to-know services for adult adoptees & their birth parents.

Pregnancy Counseling & Adoption ServicesFamily Directions works to find permanent families for children who cannot be cared for by their biological parents & to assist couples & singles who choose to become parents through adoption. Adoption services are organized to provide a coordinated set of services for the child, the child’s biological parents, and adoptive parents. You can expect: experienced coordinators here to help you every step of the way, an immediate response to requests, questions & concerns, professional, caring & honest assistance, & an agency that wants to ensure a safe, loving, and legal adoption.

For more information on our Pregnancy Counseling & Adoption Services and our Inter-Country Adoption Services, please refer to our program brochures below.

Pregnancy Counseling and Adoption Services Brochure

Inter-country Adoption Services Brochure

If you would like to make an online payment towards your adoption fees, click here.


Who to Contact

Amy Zajac, MSW
Program Director

Contact Info

Catholic Center
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606
(203) 416-1336
email: [email protected]
Fax: 203-372-5045

Program Hours

Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Client Stories

Walking into the offices of Catholic Charities’ Family Directions program in October 2005 changed our lives forever. We decided to start our family through adoption and chose international adoption through China. It was an emotional rollercoaster ride. When the process became delayed due to issues in China, we started to lose hope. After lengthy and heartfelt discussions with our experienced coordinator, we decided to explore other options while still holding on to the hope of adopting from China.

This journey led us to South Korea twice where we adopted our sons in 2008 and 2010. Finally, we made it to China in May 2011 to adopt our daughter. We could not have accomplished any of this without Amy Zajac and the Family Directions Program. They guided us through three beautiful adoption experiences and helped us realize our dream of having a family.

Sincerely, James & Rachael Grabowski

Administrative Offices: 238 Jewett Ave Bridgeport, CT 06606

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