Infertility And Adoption
The Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning offers several ministries to assist those dealing with infertility and hoping to achieve a pregnancy as well as families seeking to grow through adoption.
NaPro Technology: A Proven, Successful Approach to Naturally Achieving Pregnancy
Natural Family Planning has other applications in addition to avoiding a pregnancy or spacing children. For example, couples who struggle with infertility have been successful in achieving pregnancies even after artificial reproductive technologies were recommeded elsewhere and have failed them. Women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, migraine headaches and other reproductive health problems also have been helped. For more information on this new branch of science, click on the following link: NaProTECHNOLOGY: The Contemporary Approach to Women’s Health Care.
Enkindle Infertility Support Ministry
Couples facing problems with fertility don't have to walk this journey alone. Faith tells us that our lives are ultimately in God's hands. Along our way, he sends us help in carrying our burdens. As you work toward acceptance of this challenge, our Enkindle Infertility Ministry is here to offer hope while seeking peace.
Enkindle Rosary - Jesus exhorted us that "For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Mt 18:20). On the first Monday of the month, join us LIVE on our Facebook Page to gather in prayer for the intention of those touched by infertility.
#Enkindle Wednesday - Each Wednesday we feature supportive, inspirational, and educational content on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Search #Enkindle for past posts.
Springs in the Desert - We are honored to partner with Springs In The Desert, a very valuable resource for those struggling with infertility.
Adoption Grant Opportunity
The Office of Natural Family Planning is proud to announce that The Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Grant awarded over $34,000 to 6 families in 2020. Included in these 6 families is the Abril family. The Abril family adopted Baby Philomena and you can read their story here.
Since it's inception in 2009, the ARJC Grant has awarded over $234,000 total to 41 grant recipients. This grant, offered through the Archdiocesan Office of Natural Family Planning, is available to couples who want to build their family through this loving choice. According to The Balance.com, the average cost of private adoption through an agency is over $40,000. The grant helps adoptive parents offset some of the cost of adding their new child to their family through adoption.
The grant is funded primarily through private donations and fundraising. To make a donation, please contact the office or donate here.
For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or email [email protected]
Grant applications are due every November 1.
Download Adoption Grant Application and Policies
Adoption: A Loving Alternative
Couples wishing to open their homes and families to a child through adoption are invited to contact Good Shepherd Children and Family Services (also known as Catholic Services for Children & Youth). The Catholic Charities agency has worked in the St. Louis Area for more than 200 years offering foster and adoptive care assistance as well as many other services for families. Visit the agency online at www.goodshepherdstl.org or call 314-854-5700.