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.


 

National Child Passenger Safety Week

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Louisiana State Police and the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force will be conducting FREE Child Safety Seat Check events across Louisiana this Saturday, September 20, 2014 in order to reduce the number of children injured and killed in motor vehicle crashes.

 

 PLEASE NOTE: Troop A provides FREE car seat safety checks every Tuesday from 9am-3pm.  Troop A is located in East Baton Rouge Parish at the intersection of Highland Road and Interstate 10.

 

  • The Bee and Butterfly Learning Center, 40109 Abby James Road, Prairieville - 9 am - 12 noon
  • Catholic Charities Hispanic Apostolate, 2501 Maine Ave, Kenner - 9 am - 12 noon.
  • Billy Navarre Honda, 1310 East College Street, Lake Charles 10am - 2pm
  • Walker Automotive, 1616 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria 9am - 12 noon
  • Louisiana State Police Troop F, 1230 Hwy 594, Monroe 10 am - 1pm
  • Caddo Parish Sheriff's Safety Town, 8910 Jewella Ave., Shreveport 9am - 12 noon
  • The Grand 16 Movie Theater, 3131 Johnston Street, Lafayette 10am - 2pm
  • Gateway Ford, 1133 Hwy 51, Ponchatoula 9am - 1pm
  • Rouse's Market, 5818 West Main Street, Houma 8am - 12 noon

 

Why Language Matters

The watering down of the English language is a growing trend in society today. Our language is continually evolving (and not always for the better).  The word adopt is one of these casualties.  For years it has been trivialized by advertisers, charities, and fundraisers, so much so, that when we hear the word “adopt” it is often associated with pet rescues. As a matter of fact when you type the word adopt into a Google search, “adopt a pet” is the first option listed. Adopt a child is 4th on that list.

 

We can adopt pets, wild animals, trees, soldiers, stars, highways, potholes and even entire families during the holiday season. Using “adopt-a-fill in the blank” to promote a fundraiser or program, misuses a very special and powerful word, and adds to the public’s misconceptions about adoption. It also does a disservice to adoptive families everywhere.

Adoption is permanent.  It is a full and final legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities and creates a sacred, legal, and everlasting bond between a child and parent.  When a child is adopted, he or she becomes a permanent part of a family.  In honor of adoptive families everywhere, let us use the word adopt as it was intended.  The term “sponsor-a-fill in the blank” is an ideal alternative and successfully conveys to donors and volunteers that a program needs support.

To read more about this topic, please visit the links below:

http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/articles.php?aid=739

http://www.adoptivefamiliescircle.com/blogs/post/adopt_a_new_word1/

 


 

 

Strengthening Your Family webinar series by C.A.S.E.

The Center for Adoption Support & Education (C.A.S.E) is offering an empowering and inspiring webinar series called Strengthening Your Family.  150 FREE registrations are available for each webinar and includes extended access to a recorded broadcast of each live webinar! 

  • September 2014 - Creating School Year Success: Supporting Your ADHD Child at Home and School
  • October 2014 - Identity Matters: Becoming a Multiracial Family
  • November 2014 - Same Family, Different Stories: Siblings in Complex Blended Families
  • January 2015 - Beneath the Mask Part Two: Effective Communication with Adopted Teens
  • February 2015 - What Prospective and Adoptive Families Should Know About FASD
  • March 2015 - Desperately Seeking Attachment: Parenting Traumatized Children and Teens (Part 1)
  • April 2015 - Desperately Seeking Attachment: Parenting Traumatized Children and Teens (Part 2)
  • May 2015 - Search and Reunion in Domestic and International Adoption
  • June 2015 - Relating to Relatives: Adoption and the Extended Family

For more details and registration information click here.

 


 

Catholic Charities one of handful in Louisiana ready to meet tightened International Adoption Standards

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) will be one of the few adoption agencies in the State able to help parents wanting to adopt children from other countries when a new law takes effect on July 14.

“This new law expands the protections afforded under The Hague to prevent the abduction, exploitation and selling of children in Non-Hague Countries,” said Paula Davis, LCSW, CCDBR’s Clinical Director. “These safeguards protect most importantly, children, but also prevent the future heartbreak of birth families and adoptive families.”  

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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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