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.


 

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 www.uscis.gov


 

WEBINAR: Transracial Adoption: Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

Transracial Adoption: Breaking the Racial Sound Barrier

May 13th, 2015 9:30 - 11:00 AM

Place: Webinar (Call In Instructions Will Be Emailed After Registration)

Click here to register

No one can live in an environment “diverse enough” or “friendly enough” or “good enough” to protect children of color from the hurt of racism. Discrimination hurts everyone.  

To successfully support their children of color, white parents must take an honest look at their own blind spots and biases, in order to become effective anti-racist allies. Young children’s feelings usually emerge in their play or preferences for crayon colors (“black is a yucky color”), ice-cream flavors, or skin colors of dolls. As children grow, their understanding of adoption and sensitivity to the role played by race in our society changes.

Learn to break the racial sound barrier in your family. Hear from experienced professionals, one an adoptive parent, the other an adoptee, about how to initiate essential open communication in a way that supports children in building a proud and strong identity as a person of color.

 * all registered attendees will receive a recorded version of the webinar 

 Cost: $35.00 per person (registration closes 5/12/15 at 1:00 pm)

Pact Members receive a 80% discount

CEU's are available for an additional fee of $10/ per person

 

***Please choose carefully when registering for Pact events. Pact is not in a position to refund workshop or event registration fees.

 


 

Adoption Matters Seminar - 08/31/2015

Join us for a FREE one-hour informational session about 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.

August 31st, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Registration is FREE - Space is Limited! No children please.

Click here to learn more and register.

 


 

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