Samantha was pregnant, but felt she wasn’t ready to parent a child. She wanted to find parents who could be there for her son. Catholic Charities helped her create an adoption plan.

She was able to select parents who would send her updates and pictures so she could see her child occasionally throughout his lifetime. She found a perfect match with a couple who had been wanting a baby since their marriage in 2010.

“It was an emotional and amazing moment as Samantha placed her son in the arms of his forever family. He was an answer to their prayers,” said Leesa Elliott, Pregnancy and Adoption Counselor for Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg.