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. 

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 workd toward acceptance of this challenge, our Enkindle infertility counseling ministry is her to offer hope while seeking peace. Call us for a free half-hour appointment to speak with a licensed professional counselor in person or over the phone. To find out more about this program or make your appointment, call 314-997-7576.

Survey For Those Who've Been Touched By Infertility

The Archdiocese of St. Louis NFP office is working to find ways to best support people who have been touched by infertility. We need your input. If you, or anyone you know who has been touched by infertility, please complete this very brief survey. It will take less than 5 minutes. It's only 10 questions. On behalf of the NFP office and all the couples they will be able to help, Thank you! Click here to begin survey.


Adoption Grant Opportunity

The Office of Natural Family Planning is proud to announce that The Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Grant awarded $30,000 to 6 families this year. Included in these 6 families is the LaBelle family. The LaBelle family adopted Baby Gianna and you can read their story here.

Since it's inception in 2009, the ARJC Grant has awarded nearly $180,000 total to 35 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

For more information about the grant, contact the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 or email melissa.barnason@mercy.net.

Grant applications are due every November 1. Application and Policies can be downloaded here. 


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.


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

NaPro Technology for Women & Infertility  


Special Blessing for Couples Trying to Conceive, Expectant Couples, and High-Risk Pregnancies - Monthly Event

A special blessing with a first class relic of St. Gianna is offered on the first Saturday of every month at St. Gianna Catholic Church in Wentzville. All couples trying to conceive, expecting or experiencing a high-risk pregnancy are invited to receive the grace offered through this powerful prayer opportunity. The blessing is offered immediately following the 8 a.m. mass at the Shrine of St. Gianna. The parish address is 450 E. Highway N, Wentzville, MO 63385.

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