Families - Maryland Catholic Conference


The family unit is the foundation given by nature to all human society and future generations. 

It is based on our Church's teaching of the family as the foundation of our society that the Conference supports legislation that promotes the stability of marriages and the families.

Our work is based on the principles that:

  • Mothers and fathers should be afforded every opportunity to raise their children in a stable and nurturing home.
  • All families raising children, whether they are headed by biological, adoptive, or single parents, grandparents or guardians must have access to decent jobs and family-friendly work environments, safe child care and excellent education. 
  • Public policies should support all parents in every aspect of daily life and further parents’ ability to provide the basic necessities of food, clothing, housing and healthcare for their children. 


Learn more about why the Church prioritizes the family unit as the foundation of our society in Pope Francis' 2016 Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).


Pope Saint John Paul II said that to “adopt a child is a great work of love.” 

The Conference supports policies that promote adoption and resources to assist adoptive families. Our laws should support parents who choose to provide a stable home to a child through adoption, and our state should provide resources that enable prospective adoptive parents greater ability to become a loving home for a child.  



The brave love of adoption: A Maryland family's story

Meet adoptive parents Bethany and Daniel Meola, who waited for years to welcome their daughter into their hearts and home. The couple has since adopted another daughter.