Catholic Charities USA and ParentFinder.com Partner to Help Adoption for Children and Families
Jan. 17, 2012, 10:07 a.m. EST
SEMINOLE, Fla., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — CAIRS Solutions, LLC the Florida-based leader in adoption and foster care software and Catholic Charities USA have entered into a pilot partnership to use ParentFinder.com to help more children and families through adoption. This will establish ParentFinder.com as the largest network of waiting adoptive families in the country.
CAIRS Solutions is known in the adoption and family support service industries for such products as MyAdoptionportal.com, ChildConnect.com and ParentFinder.com. “We are very excited to work with Catholic Charities USA,” said Mike Ferretti, VP of E-Business for CAIRS Solutions. “Catholic Charities USA is a great partner and this partnership reflects our desire to collaborate with organizations that share our vision of helping and supporting adoptive families, birth parents and children.”
“Integrating the ParentFinder software with the existing website will really take it to the next level,” said Jean Beil, Senior Vice President for Programs and Services, Catholic Charities USA. “The Catholic Charities network has such a stellar reputation in the world of adoption, and we hope that national marketing for the service will make it more accessible not only for prospective adoptive parents, but also for birth parents who need pregnancy counseling.”
Catholic Charities USA and a subset of member organizations will join a new service helping adoption service providers bring families together faster. ParentFinder is the nation’s first and only secure and searchable network for adoption professionals and parents. It provides agencies with something they’ve never had: one central repository that connects adoption service providers around the country with a few simple clicks of the mouse. This means faster and better connections between birthparents, foster children, and adoptive parents.
“I’m an adoptive dad of 2 great boys, so I experienced the challenges of finding 2 perfect matches,” says Mark Livings, CEO of CAIRS Solutions. “Using ParentFinder allows a birth mother or adoptive family to potentially receive a match from agencies all over the nation rather than just the ones they signed up with due to ParentFinder’s global system searching capability.” Agencies or parents specify their wishes for a match in the network. Those criterions remain confidential and secure as the system works to find a match. Using this system, for example, a Catholic Charities agency for adoptive parents in Florida can quickly learn of an expectant mother in Alaska.