LSSWis - Lutheran Social Services (LSS) of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Pregnancy Support Options


If you choose to parent your child, we'll provide emotional support, refere you to parenting resources and to community or country progreams that can help you meet the financial responsibilities ahead. Contact us to discuss parenting options.

Open Adoption

Each adoption – like each adoptive child and family – is unique. However, adoptions can be grouped into several overall types. 

We can guide you through the processes and requirements for different types of adoptions: 

  • Agency Domestic Adoption
  • Independent Domestic Adoption
  • Special Needs Adoption
  • Relative/Stepparent Adoption

Learn about the types of domestic adoption. 

We assist in open adoptions. In an open adoption, birth parents and adoptive families create healthy lifelong relationships that consider the ongoing needs of each member of the adoption triad: birth parents, adoptive family, and the child.

  • Birth parents choose and meet the adoptive family
  • The birth parents and adoptive family build a foundation for a healthy lifelong relationship, with the support and guidance of an LSS adoption counselor
  • The birth parents and adoptive family create a trust agreement that outlines ongoing communication, visits and contact as well as exchange of pictures and letters with one another
  • Birth parents design their open adoption according to their comfort level of openness
  • We continue to assist you after the placement of the child. Some birth parents seek additional counseling or join a support group to share experiences with other birthparents.

Advantages of Open Adoption

Ongoing contact and communication enables birth parents to know their child is thriving in the adoptive family home. It reaffirms the reason why the birth parents created this plan for their child.  The most significant piece of this relationship is the child's ability to have direct access to information and support from the birth parents, allowing for the child's development of self-esteem and identity.

Independent Domestic Adoption

We provide home studies, post placement and other services for adoptive families and birthparents who become matched on their own without the help of an agency, known as an independent domestic adoption. The states of Wisconsin and Michigan require that the adoptive family be studied and approved by a licensed adoption agency.

  • We are licensed by Wisconsin and Michigan to conduct adoption home studies
  • We can provide services for the birthparents, helping them explore their options, prepare for the process and cope with their grief and loss
  • Married couples and single persons are eligible for an independent adoption
  • As an orgization, we do not have restrictions on families based upon the age of adopting parents, number of children already in the family and infertility

Learn more about independent domestic adoption

Pregnancy Support

If you're pregnant but don't know where to turn, fill out the form below. One of our counselors will be in touch within 48 hours. 

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647 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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