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.
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We are Todd, Hope and Annie. Our adoption through Catholic Community Services took place in 2001. We share an open adoption with Annie’s birthparents and extended families.
Adoption has been a wonderful journey for us and we are so proud to share our story. In 1998, we had undergone fertility treatments for seven years when we saw information at church about the Maternity and Adoption Department of Catholic Community Services. We submitted our application and after a small wait time, we started the process. The agency helped us create a family profile which would be shared with potential birth mothers. We waited almost four years before we got the much anticipated phone call that birth parents wished to meet us.
On June 6, 2001, I was at work when I received a telephone call from Karla, our social worker at CCS. I had talked to her the day before and I was accustomed to her calling, however this time was different. Todd was also on the line. We were both speechless for a moment and once we caught our breath, we were anxious to hear what Karla had to say. Karla said their names were Mia and Jeremy and they wanted to meet us. She told us that she had been meeting with Mia and Jeremy for two months and they had just chosen our profile. Karla said Mia and Jeremy were 19 years old and attended college. This was the telephone call we had been waiting for. Todd and I agreed to the meeting and it was scheduled for June 11, 2001. We were very excited and also a little nervous.
The day of the meeting was my 36th birthday and Todd gave me some baby wipes in a Winnie the Pooh container. We were both nervous but ready for the meeting. We arrived at the agency and waited for Mia and Jeremy. When Mia and Jeremy walked in, I couldn't help but look at Mia. She was a beautiful girl and you just had the feeling you wanted to hug her. Jeremy seemed nervous. Our social workers had an outline to follow so the meeting would have some order. We discussed various topics with Jeremy and Todd doing most of the talking. Jeremy and Mia were holding hands and I thought that was very sweet. We were all emotional and Jeremy started to cry a couple of times. He was very concerned about the baby knowing the reasons for the adoption and that the birthparents loved her very much. That’s right, I said her, It’s a Girl!!!!
We talked about openness and we tried to assure them that we had no problem with this because we wanted her to know how special her birthparents are. The meeting lasted an hour and a half. At the end, Mia said she had brought some pictures of them when they were children. I was so touched by this. She said we might want to get an idea of what the baby might look like. The meeting ended on a good note and we all said we would meet again soon. We had a good feeling about the meeting. Todd and I discussed whether we would tell everybody about our situation. We decided to wait until we heard from Mia and Jeremy again.
Karla emailed us a week later and said that she spoke with Mia and Jeremy and that they definitely felt more comfortable since our meeting. On June 25th we got an email from Mia. I saw it when I got home from work but I was too scared to look at it. I waited until Todd got home from work. The subject line said “Hello New Parents”. We were so excited. Mia said that she and Jeremy were doing fine and that they enjoyed meeting us. She said they wanted to get to know us very well. We were very encouraged by this. We started going to stores and buying things for the nursery. We felt that Mia and Jeremy really were going to place this child with us and we didn't have a lot of time to get ready. We already had a baby bed, a crib and a car seat.
We had a few more meetings with Mia. Karla was in the process of talking to them about what they wanted to happen at the hospital when Mia went into labor early on August 6, 2001. I got a phone call at work telling me Mia was in labor. I left work and met up with Todd and we headed to the hospital. Karla called and said Mia wanted us there and it was as if we were in a dream. Karla met us at the hospital and we went in to see Mia and Jeremy. We stayed until it was time for her to start pushing. We then went to the waiting room with some of Mia’s friends. It wasn’t long before Jeremy came out and said “It’s a girl”! When we walked in the baby was in the warmer and they were cleaning her up. She was the most beautiful fair haired angel I had ever seen.
We were very nervous at this point because we did not want to hurt anybody’s feelings and we did not want to overstep our bounds. Mia’s dad and stepmom were there and Mia’s dad was holding the baby. After a while, Jeremy took the baby and said that he wanted us to have a chance to hold her. The moment they put her in my arms, I fell in love. I could not stop crying. Todd was also crying. This was what we had prayed for, for so long. We knew our prayers were answered but we still had a few days of our journey left. We left them alone for a while and called our families to let them know the news. We went back later and I got to change the first diaper! It was very hard to leave for the night but we knew we could come back in the morning. We came home and emailed everybody letting them know she was born. We called Mia the next day to see how she was doing. She said she was doing good and her mom was with her. When we went back to the hospital, Mia was having a hard time and it was very emotional. This was probably the hardest day. We wanted to be there for the baby but we also wanted Mia and Jeremy and their families to have their time with her. I went to the hospital chapel and prayed for peace and strength. We had to leave the baby again that day. Mia was being discharged the next day and the baby was going to boarding care.
After Mia was discharged we went to the hospital to visit with the baby before Karla brought her to her boarding care family. We changed her into an outfit we had brought and walked down with Karla to leave. It was so hard to watch the baby leave without us but we knew this is how it was supposed to be. We set up meetings to visit her at the agency during her boarding care time. We went the next day and got to feed her and rock her and cuddle. It was a great feeling. We stayed as long as we could. We visited her again the next day and just stared at her in amazement. She was so beautiful. We couldn’t see her on the weekend. We went back Monday and met with Mia and Jeremy and the baby at the agency. It was decided that Mia and Jeremy would sign the papers on Wednesday. We took pictures of the baby with Mia and Jeremy.
It was finally Wednesday and the day for our beautiful girl to come home. It was after noon when Karla called us to come to the agency. We raced there and they brought her in. She was wearing the outfit we had bought for her. We took lots of pictures and signed lots of papers. It was now time to go home. I called my Mom in between tears and told her we were on our way home. We made lots of phone calls and by the time we got home, our driveway was full of cars. Annie was finally home. We all cried and were so excited to show everyone our newest family member. Everyone was so excited to see our miracle. This angel was now entrusted to us and we vowed to be the best parents we could be to her. God was with us through our journey and now we were truly blessed. Our thoughts were also with Mia and Jeremy and we also prayed that they would find peace with their decision.
Fast forward to present day. Mia is now a registered nurse, married and living in Tampa, Florida. Annie was able to be Mia’s Maid of Honor when she got married. Mia now has a 1 ½ year old daughter named Amelia. Annie is so excited to have a sister! We were able to be there for Mia’s baby shower, Amelia’s first birthday party and spend some of the summer with them. Mia has enjoyed all the important things in Annie’s life through the years from birthday parties to pre-school graduation. Open adoption has been a blessing to us.
This year Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge celebrates our 50th year providing adoption services to our community. We would like to invite you to celebrate with us by sharing your adoption-related stories and experiences.
If your family has been touched by adoption through Catholic Charities, we would love to hear about it from your perspective as an adopted person, an adoptive parent, a birth parent, or anyone in the adoption constellation.
Also, please let us know if you would be willing to share your story in person.
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On October 6th, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School hosted a baby shower to benefit Catholic Charities' Sanctuary for Life program. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Sherri Montagnino and the student members of Mary's Club for their generosity and support. Thank you!
All donations support our Sanctuary for Life and maternity clients.