LDS Family Services
LDS Family Services is a private nonprofit corporation owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It offers members of the church and others adoption services, foster child placement services, marital and family counseling, addiction and drug dependency counseling, general psychotherapy, and counseling and other services to women or girls who are pregnant and unmarried. All services are offered to all, regardless of religion, and some are free of change.
In 1919 the organization was organized as the Relief Society Social Service Department by Amy B. Lyman, an official in the church's Relief Society. In 1969, the organization was renamed Unified Social Services. In 1973, the organization became a corporation separate from the church's Relief Society and renamed LDS Social Services. In the late 1990s, the name was again changed to LDS Family Services.
LDS Family Services currently has 62 offices located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Staff must have a minimum of a master's degree in behavioural sciences.
As a corporation affiliated with the LDS Church, LDS Family Services emphasizes to pregnant women and girls the need to avoid abortion and, as an alternative, to consider marrying the biological father or, if that is not possible, to allow the child to be adopted by a married couple. LDS Family Services will not allow its services to facilitate adoption of a child by single parents, unwed couples, or same-sex partners.
In 2014, LDS Family Services ended their adoption placement services.
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|LDS Family Services||Sponsor of||Families Supporting Adoption|
|LDS Family Services||Part of||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
|LDS Family Services||Member of||National Council for Adoption (NCFA)|
|LDS Family Services||Member of||Oklahoma Coalition on Adoptable Children|
|LDS Family Services||Member of||Joint Council on International Children’s Services (JCICS)|
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Location132 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111