Catholic Charities of Buffalo has begun the process to phase out current foster care and adoption services under a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services (DSS). The contract is set to expire in March 2019.
care and adoption services are under the authority of the New York State Office
of Children and Family Services (OCFS).
Because Catholic Charities cannot simultaneously comply with
state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the
nature of marriage, Catholic Charities will discontinue foster care and
As an organization sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo,
Catholic Charities cannot uphold the requirement that contracting agencies
allow same-sex couples to foster and adopt children. The teaching and position
of the Roman Catholic Church throughout the world recognizes marriage only as a
union between a woman and a man.
with deep sadness we acknowledge that the legacy of the high quality,
exceptional services which our staff provides to children and families through
foster care and adoption will be lost," said Dennis C. Walczyk, Catholic
Charities Chief Executive Officer. "We are working with the state OCFS and Erie
County DSS to support a smooth transition for children in foster care and
foster parents, as well as those who have submitted applications to provide
foster care or seek adoption."
program currently includes 55 certified foster homes, with 34 children in care
in 24 homes. Catholic Charities facilitates an average of five adoptions per
year, the majority of which are cases in which children are released from
foster care for adoption.
was one of several services on which Catholic Charities was founded nearly 95
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston stopped providing adoption
services in March 2006 and Catholic Charities' organizations across the State
of Illinois followed with the same decision in November 2011.
For more information about the organization and its programs and services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to ccwny.org. You can also find Catholic Charities on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo, on Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo and on Instagram at Instagram.com/catholiccharitiesbuffalo.