Grow your Family

If You Are Considering Adopting

LCFS is one of the oldest adoption agencies in the Wisconsin, providing adoption assistance for over 127 years!

Through its main office in Wauwatosa, WI, LCFS is licensed by the state to place children for adoption in 38 counties across Wisconsin.

Are you Ready to Adopt?

Here are some things to consider when thinking about adoption.

  • What is motivating you to adopt?
  • Are you willing to undergo the training, legal process, evaluation and timeline required for adopting?
  • Are you educated on the costs involved in adopting and parenting a child?
  • Would you consider an older child? A child with special needs? A child of different ethnic or racial background?

An Adoption Social Worker will work personally with you to discuss your desires, availability, concerns and questions. We will conduct a home study in preparation for adoption, work with you as an adoptive family to explain the legal process and offer referrals for qualified attorneys. We will be with you every step of the way until that child becomes legally yours.

Our fees for adoption are very competitive. We can provide resources for financial assistance if necessary. As a Christian, faith-based organization, we establish that families chosen and approved by LCFS will raise their child in a Christian environment.

Types of Adoption Provided by LCFS

  • Domestic Adoption – When a birth mother creates an adoption plan and often chooses which family adopts her child/infant. The birth father may also be involved in this process. LCFS will act as the go-between and guide to both the birth parents and adoptive parents every step of the way. The goal of this process is to grow a waiting family with the gift of a new baby and to give that baby a loving, caring home and family.
  • Relative Adoption – When a birth parent asks a relative to assume the full responsibilities of parenting, adoption may be considered. These adoptions often formalize or make permanent a family arrangement that already exists for the child. 
  • Stepparent Adoption In some marriages, there may be children from a previous relationship who have an absent biological parent. In court, the parental rights of one biological parent are terminated and in a separate court hearing, the stepparent will be allowed to legally adopt the child. Stepparent adoption protects the rights of the stepparent and gives them the legal right to raise the child if something should happen to the biological parent and reinforces a stepparent’s love and commitment to that child. 

Regardless of the type of adoption you are considering, our goal is always to provide the best possible outcome for all involved, especially the child. 

Schedule an appointment

To schedule a confidential appointment, use the form below or call us at (414) 536-8333 or (800) 291-4513. You can also send a confidential email to

Speaking Opportunities

If you would like a professional staff member to speak to your group, please contact us at 414-536-8333 extension 33.

Ready to talk? Feel free to drop us a line.