Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund


Big News!

In December 2017, we awarded Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Grants to 6 families. The grand total given this year was $35,000! We have given out over $150,000 in grants since 2009. This grant is funded through private donations and our annual raffle of a Suite at a Cardinals Game. The 2018 raffle winner was Bob Sherwood. Congratulations!

Adoption Fund Awards Grants Annually To Couples Seeking Adoption

Since its inception in 2009, the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Fund has helped 24 families adopt 27 children with over $150,000 in grant funds. 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. Applications are due in the fall of each year for the following year's grants.

If you know someone who would benefit from a grant, or you would like to donate to this fund, you can find more information throughout this site or call the Office of Natural Family Planning at 314-997-7576 to speak with a representative. For application materials, please click here.


Gajewski Family Adoption PhotoGod Provides: An Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Adoption Grant Story 

Becki and David Gajewski do not have the typical adoption story, fraught with delays, disappointments, and demands. As Becki puts it, they “couldn’t be happier” with their process, which she describes as “smooth” and “seamless”: “It’s been amazing every step of the way.” To top it off, they now have a seven-month-old son to love, hold, and care for.

The longest part of their journey was arriving at the decision to adopt. Like many adoptive couples, they tried to conceive on their own before discovering their infertility. Even after grieving and accepting that loss, they “didn’t feel called [to adoption] for years.” Becki was nervous about the high costs and overwhelmed by the prospect of paperwork. They prayed together and discerned whether God was calling them to a life of generosity and service as a childless couple. click here to continue...

Callen Family Adoption StoryThrough unlikely connection, couple fulfills dream to adopt

By Jennifer Brinker | | twitter: @jenniferbrinker

Originally posted by The St. Louis Review here.

Thirteen-month-old Simon Callen knows how to command attention in a room — his toothy grin and sideways lean instantly charm visitors.

As providence would have it, Simon came into the lives of Steven and Liz Callen through prayer and an unlikely connection through the permanent diaconate program. In a whirlwind of about three months, the Callens went from adoptive candidates to parents. After they got the news they'd been matched, Steven Callen ran to the store to purchase a car seat. "That's when it hit me — wow, we're bringing a baby home," he said. click here to continue...


Four Boys, Endless Joys:  Meet One of Our 2017 Adoption Grant Families

Like many couples, Beth and Eric L. dreamed of marriage and starting a family. Looking back, the road to achieve that dream would have been hard to imagine, but the hand of God is clearly recognizable in their beautiful story.

Today the busy family of six, relies on God’s providence more clearly than ever, as four rambunctious, fun loving boys bring equal measures of fun, love and chaos into their sunny Affton home, “We encounter all the normal issues of family life, but we feel really intensely joyful that our family has grown beyond our wildest dreams,” said Beth about their active brood. click here to continue...

The Crosier Family, August 2015

Waiting for Sabella: An Adoption Story by Grant Recipient Sheryl Crosier

I have been a Christian since childhood, but nothing would test my faith more than losing seven children to miscarriage and our son after his short visit on earth. I prayed that if I did get pregnant, the Lord would allow me to hold our baby in my arms. The Lord answered my prayer on September 7, 2010 when I was able to hold Simon in my arms for 88.5 days until he went to his eternal home at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 2010. The Lord used Simon to teach me how to live in the moment, patience, compassion and most importantly, unconditional love.

Simon was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, otherwise known as Edward's Syndrome on his 3rd day of life. Simon had three of the number 18 chromosome which causes heart defects, bilateral cleft lip and other medical complications. The doctors were quick to say that Trisomy 18 means "incompatible with life." click here to continue...