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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.


Webinar: Adoption Costs—What to Expect and How to Meet Them

Register for the Adoption Costs Webinar on 9/24/15

Adoption costs can range from $0 to more than $50,000. What are the expenses associated with each route—domestic newborn, foster adoption, and international—and how are families financing their adoptions?

In this webinar, we will present the results of the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey, and Denise M. Bierly, Esq., Director of Adoption of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and Sue Orban, of Lutheran Social Service/Children’s Home Society of Minnesota, will discuss which expense categories families have control over, strategies for meeting the total costs of adoption, how to claim the adoption tax credit, adoption loans and grants, and more.

for more information and to register, click here.


Expert Q&A Webinar: Adoption at School


Register for a transracial adoption webinar with Beth HallAdoption at School:
Educating Teachers, Administrators, and Parents

Adoption can impact both the dynamics of a classroom and how a child learns. At school, our children may be asked questions or even teased about their adoptive status, and assignments such as the family tree and “All About Me” posters can put them on the spot.

Brooke Randolph, LMHC, will discuss how parents can educate teachers and administrators to avoid unnecessary complications, and answer questions including: Should I tell my child’s teacher that he was adopted? Give a presentation in the classroom? My daughter is supposed to send in a baby picture, but we don’t have one—what should we do? My son wants to include his birth family in his family tree project—should we ask the teacher about this, and how can we do it? My child said a classmate’s been teasing her about looking different from her parents—how should we respond?

October 6, 2015 @ 12 -1 pm CST

Click here to register.


7 Tips for Adopted Parents at the Beginning of School

Every year right about this time, children everywhere are going back to school. The lines at Walmart are long and shopping carts are full of brand new box of crayons and brightly colored spiral bound notebooks. As thoughts turn to school, parents of adopted kids often wonder if they need to do anything extra to make sure their child has a smooth school year.

In most respects the beginning of the school year is no different for adopted kids than for kids born into their families. We buy the school supplies and new clothes, fill out reams of paperwork, and sent them off with a kiss and a prayer. But adoption can add complications at school.

  • Maybe your family is transracial, and you worry that your child will have to field questions.
  • Maybe your child’s family is filled with birth parents, birth siblings, etc., and you wonder if you need to give the teacher a score card to know who is who.
  • Maybe your child came to you with the emotional scars and behavior of a hard life, and you are debating how much information to share with her teacher.
  • Maybe your child has learning differences/disabilities caused by prenatal alcohol or drug exposure, and you question if the teacher needs to know the cause in order to help.
  • Maybe we worry that our child is a little fuzzy on the difference between privacy and secrecy, and perhaps has a tendency to overshare information that he may later regret telling.
  • And then there are the dreaded school assignments that may just draw unwanted attention to the way our child joined our family.

There are negative stereotypes about adoption, and we don’t want to needlessly burden our child or his teacher. On the other hand, we do want to be proactive to avoid any potential problems. 

To learn more click here.



USCIS Message Regarding Nepali Adoptions

USCIS recognizes that many U.S. citizens wish to help and adopt Nepali children affected by the recent earthquake.

USCIS cautions that adoption by a U.S. citizen, by itself, does not make the child a U.S. citizen or immediately eligible to immigrate to the United States.

Before a child may immigrate to the United States immediately as a result of an intercountry adoption or proposed intercountry adoption, USCIS must determine that the child qualifies as an “orphan” under the immigration laws of the United States, and that the adoptive parents are capable of providing proper care. The proper authorities in the child’s country of origin must also determine whether the child can be legally adopted under the country’s laws. USCIS considers specific facts in each case to make a determination.

It is not uncommon in an emergency for children to be temporarily separated from their parents, other family members or legal guardians. Efforts to reunite such children with family or legal guardians must be given priority.

For more information about adoptions in Nepal visit our Adoption Information: Nepal Web page. You can also visit the Department of State’s Intercountry Adoption Web page on Nepal for information on how to provide support to Nepali children in this time of crisis.


For more information please visit Children Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal on


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