Catholic Charities: Providing Help, Creating Hope.

Catholic Charities provides domestic and inter-country adoption services to children and families. We place children from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds with their forever families.

EXPECTANT PARENTS: We care about you and your baby, and we are here to help regardless of whether you choose to parent your child or to make an adoption plan. Our services are always free to expectant parents whether you are considering adoption or just seeking information. We work with pregnant women, birth mothers, birth fathers, and families interested in adoption. We also assist pregnant women who are looking for ways and resources to parent and care for their children. Click here to learn more about our Pregnancy Services.

POTENTIAL ADOPTIVE FAMILIES: Our staff is committed to helping you find the adoption option that is right for you. We provide you with the information and support needed during your adoption journey. Click here to learn more about our Adoption programs.

Interested in learning more about adoptions? Attend one of our ADOPTION MATTERS workshops, a presentation covering all aspects of finding families for children. Many are intimidated about the process and not sure where to start. Come hear our experienced social workers demystify the journey toward a successful adoption and building happy families by registering for one of our workshops.

 

Contact Us: (225) 336-8708 or click here to send an email.


 

A Tale of Two Adoptions

It was August 1977 and we had just returned home from vacation. My wife Jackie received a phone call from Catholic Charities about a prospective adoption. It was a total surprise because it had been five years since we had been approved to adopt.

Jackie called me at work, and I immediately dropped everything.  I told my boss that I was leaving because I was going to be a father. Jackie had set up a 2PM appointment for us to meet our new baby. We held this beautiful little girl – she was the prettiest baby ever.  We immediately started making preparations so we would be ready to welcome this precious child.

We immediately went out to purchase baby supplies. The young cashier asked when we were due and I said “tomorrow”. When she asked how the mother was doing, I said “you can ask her she’s right over there”. After noticing the quizzical look on her face, I quickly explained that we were adopting - she seemed relieved. We had no idea what to get so we bought one bottle, one pacifier, one bag of diapers, one can of baby formula, one bib, one box of cigars, and one box of Hershey bars (without nuts) for the non-smokers.

Later that evening, I called my dad to tell him that he was going to be a grandfather and that I wanted him to come over the next morning to meet his granddaughter.  He said that he had just gotten to his mom's house in Vacherie, and was planning to stay and visit for several days - then he hung up. I felt that he did not fully understand what I was saying to him. I imagine that he only understood the importance of my message once he conveyed the story to my mom.

We prepared a makeshift crib - a file box set on two chairs, and final got to sleep around 2AM.  When the alarm went off at 6 AM playing the Beatles song "Michele", we knew what her name would be.

The next morning, my dad and my mom were at the back door ready to meet their newest grandchild.

After settling in with Michele, we applied to adopt a second child, knowing that the chances were very small. In August 1983, six years after Michele joined our family, I returned home after running an errand and Jackie asked if I would go to the attic to retrieve something for her.

I reminded her it was August and how hot the attic would be, but she insisted. When I finally got into the attic, she asked me to locate the box marked 0 to 1 years.  I knew in an instant what had happened.  I came down from the attic and we hugged emotionally.

Again, we visited the baby “Christine” (amazingly, she was also the prettiest baby ever adopted). We were definitely better prepared for this baby than we had been for Michele. 

The next morning we called our family to inform them of our newest bundle of joy. We had a house filled with people all day long, and Christine was passed around more than a basketball in an LSU game.

We later found out that the second adoption was possible because the birth mother picked us from several applicants. She wanted the baby to be placed with a family that already had a child. She also wrote a letter that could be opened if and when we thought it was appropriate for our Christine to read it. The birth mother's father sent along a copy of the newspaper on the day she was born July 7, 1983.

Every day I thank God for our small miracles.

  

 - Wade


 

Download "The Life App" Today

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to offer words of encouragement or guidance to a woman in a crisis pregnancy situation? Did you have trouble figuring out exactly what to say or do? - Well, there's an app for that!

FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, has partnered with The Sisters of Life, a community of religious sisters devoted to the protection and sacredness of every human life. The Life App is part of FOCUS' Love Life initiative to save both mothers and their unborn children. 

The Life App shows people how to respond appropriately (with compassion and hope), when encountering a woman in a crisis pregnancy situation, giving her the strength to make the best choice for her and her baby. 

The LIFE app has four main tabs to help family and friends respond to women in need: 

  • How to Respond uses videos to train the viewer about the importance of empathy and love when talking with women in these crucial situations
  • Her Perspective suggests responses to common fears women have and additional special topics
  • Help Centers is a quick and simple way to find local crisis pregnancy centers to quickly get women the professional help they need
  • About has information on FOCUS, the Sisters of Life, and how to support the Love Life initiative 

Download the Life App for free by searching "The Life App Catholic" in any app store, or go to focus.org/lovelife.  FOCUS encourages all pro-life advocates to download and share the Life App with family and friends. The greater the reach, the more lives we will save.

Click here for more information.


 

Adoption Matters Class - 2/23/2015

Join us for a FREE one-hour informational session about adoption.  This presentation will demystify the journey toward a successful adoption. Many are intimidated by the process and aren't sure where to start. Our experienced social workers will cover all aspects of finding families for children, and building happy families.

 

February 23, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 PM

Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge
1900 S Acadian Thruway 
Room #109 
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Registration is FREE - Space is Limited!

Click here to register

No children please

 

 PLEASE NOTE:

For Domestic Adoptions - we serve families in the twelve civil parishes that comprise the Diocese of Baton Rouge; Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa.   

 

For International Adoptions - exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis (i.e., areas outside of Baton Rouge Diocese where Hague accredited international adoption services are not offered).  Families outside of the diocese will be responsible for reimbursing mileage.


 

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Joint Council on International Children's Services from
North America
jcics.org

 


Catholic Charities USA
catholiccharitiesusa.org

 

Catholic Charities USA Adoption
catholiccharitiesadoption.org

 

Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge
ccdiobr.org

 
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