The Infant Adoption Program of Catholic Social Services (CSS) is licensed in the State of Alaska as a child placement agency and has been facilitating adoptions for over 40 years. The Infant Adoption program provides adoption services to prospective and adoptive families in coordination with the CSS Pregnancy Support Services program. In this program we typically place children who are between newborn and two years old.

Begin the process of infant adoption today by reading this Important Eligibility Information! Then download our Adoption Information Packet to read more about the adoption process.

All families must complete an educational workshop with Catholic Social Services and complete follow up educational courses through Adoption Learning Partners prior to obtaining an application packet. This workshop and follow up educational courses allows families to learn more about the Infant Adoption Program at CSS and more information on the realities of adoption. The following topics will be taught and discussed: Openness in adoption, adopting transracially, and understanding the birth parents perspective. The Self Study Workshop is available to individuals and couples who do not have road access to Anchorage. It is completed through weekly one-hour conferences by phone and discussion of associated articles and handouts. The Self Study Workshop covers the same topics as the in-person workshop. The cost of the adoption workshop is $200.

Needed courses through Adoption Learning Partners are listed below:
  • Conspicuous Families
  • Finding the Missing Pieces
  • Adoption: the Identity Project
  • Open Adoption 101: What To Consider, How To Establish, And Ways To Stay Connected
  • Let’s Talk Adoption
  • Inside the Adoption Circle

Catholic Social Services will need a completed certificate for each individual for the courses.

Upcoming Infant Adoption Workshops:

  • There are no workshops currently scheduled.

When workshops are scheduled, you will need to complete an Intake Form in order to be contacted by the Adoption Coordinator and receive more information.

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Adoption services available to prospective and adoptive families include:

  • Adoption education, counseling and support
  • Infertility and grief counseling and support
  • Home study services
  • Facilitation of placement of the child
  • Post-placement support and monitoring for six months

CSS also works with interstate adoptions by providing those services required by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) for children adopted across state lines.CSS focuses on the best interest of the child. We support the moral and legal rights of all parties involved. CSS is an established agency and is available for long-term support for both the birth families and the adoptive families.

Are you an Attorney and need assistance facilitating a private adoption?

Download the application form for private adoption assistance

Click for information on our Pregnancy Support program

Our Pregnancy Support staff provide birth parents with information and emotional support to help them carefully explore options available. Our goal is to assist moms and dads in making a pressure-free decision that’s best for their baby.

For more information about becoming an adoptive parent at CSS please contact:

Jenna Test
Infant Adoption Coordinator
907-222-7378 (office)
907-205-9852 (cell)
907-258-1091 (fax)

Tami Jo Watson, MS
Pregnancy Support and Adoption Services Program Director
907-222-7316 (office)
907-258-1091 (fax)

If you are interested in making adoption plans or needing parenting support, please contact:

Amber Meyer
Pregnancy Support Advocate & Adoption Coordinator
907-222-7315 (office)
907-538-5434 (cell)
907-258-1091 (fax)
888-625-7315 (toll free)

Megan Mishler
Pregnancy Support Advocate & Adoption Coordinator
907-222-7319 (office)
907-258-1019 (fax)
888-625-7315 (toll free)