PUBLIC COMMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Council on Accreditation (COA), a national accrediting body approved by the United States Department of State to conduct Hague accreditation and approval reviews, invites the public to provide comment on intercountry adoption service providers seeking Hague accreditation or approval or renewal of Hague accreditation or approval. You may provide comment by clicking on:
On January 2nd, 2013, Congress passed legislation that, among other things, made the Adoption Tax Credit permanent. Unlike in the recent past, however, the credit is no longer fully refundable. To read more visit NACAC (the North American Council on Adoptable Children) or the IRS. There is also a website called Save The Adoption Tax Credit which has information regarding the recent legislative changes.
November is National Adoption Month. According to the Children's Bureau, there are currently 104,000 children and youth in foster care across the country waiting for adoptive families. According to AdoptUsKids.org, there are 653 children and youth waiting for adoptive families in Louisiana. To view the Heart Gallery for the Baton Rouge area, click here.
Catholic Charities will hold our quarterly "Adoption Matters" class during National Adoption Month as a "bring your brown bag lunch" and is inviting all who are interested in learning more about adoption. This could be folks thinking about adopting, in addition to family members of those who are considering or have already adopted. This free one-hour seminar will be held at Catholic Charities on November 15th from noon-1pm. Click here for more information and to register online, or call our office (225) 336-8708.
Read this article in The Advocate about one families' story of adoption.
Click here to read about The Advocate's coverage of the two newest seminars available to families in the region. These adoption-related seminars are presented by Catholic Charities clinical social workers who hold specific certification in adoption.
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