Caring Adoptions was founded as Caring Choices, Inc. by social worker and humanitarian Jo Ann Caldwell in 1990. “Aunt Jo” had a heart big enough for everyone and dedicated her life to serving parents and children—35 years in adoption and over 50 God-Children from hundreds of domestic placements. Supporting her in this endeavor were Pat and Jerry Bridges, Patrick and Susan Waindel and Jody Vick—all still active as Staff or Executive Board Members. Working out of “Aunt Jo’s” home, the focus of this group was on the placement of adoptable children with loving parents.
A secondary objective was the development of a lower cost and more efficient way to complete the adoption process. These objectives led Caring Adoptions to expand its horizons from Houston to all of Texas and to orphanages through out the world.
In 1992 tragedy struck “Aunt Jo,” while conducting Caring Adoptions business, in the form of a massive heart attack which resulted in her death. Shortly thereafter, the Caring Adoptions Board of Directors and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services approved the assumption of her responsibilities by Patricia Bridges, Susan Waindel and Jody Vick.
In April, 1993, in recognition of the quality of Caring Adoptions’ services, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services removed the temporary license status and granted Caring Adoptions a non-expiring license as a child-placing agency.
A period of rapid growth created the need in the fall of 2000 to move to our present offices at 11601 Katy Freeway. In the spring of 2010, we expanded with additional office space on the first floor and a new conference room for our Adoption 101 and parenting classes.
In 2015, Stephanie Warren, a long-time employee of the agency and Birthmother counselor, was named Executive Director.