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.


 

Corporal Punishment vs Child Abuse

Corporal punishment is currently legal in all 50 US states. This means that a parent can spank his/her child as a form of discipline, so long as the force used is “reasonable”.  

 

What is considered reasonable, however, varies from state to state. Generally speaking though, the line between corporal punishment and child abuse is considered to be crossed, when the punishment results in visible injury.

 

Studies have shown, overwhelmingly, that corporal punishment does not work, and can in fact have the opposite effect.  Despite this compelling evidence, approximately 60% of adults still approve of its use as a disciplinary measure. For many kids, the parent’s anger or disapproval is more of a punishment for the child than the spanking that goes along with it.

 

Currently, 38 nations have enacted a full ban on all corporal punishment.  The United States is not one of them. It is ironic that we scold our children for hitting other children on the playground, while slapping their hand to make our point.

Here are a few alternative strategies. For more detailed information click here.

  • Establish a few firm rules that your child can understand.
  • Give clear, simple directions.Reward positive behaviors.
  • Punish immediately and consistently, but not frequently.
  • Don’t set your kids up for failure.
  • Use a natural consequence of the misbehavior
  • Ignore misbehavior that is not harmful.
  • Find out what is punishing and what is rewarding for YOUR child.
  • Use "Time-Out" and remember talk with your child after the time-out.  Make sure they understand the act and the consequence.

It’s important to remember that rewarding a child’s good behavior, is MUCH more effective than punishing bad behavior. Find out what motivates your child.

 

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, or if you are a child who is being maltreated, contact Toll-Free: 1-855-4LA-KIDS (855) 452-5437 or go here to learn more.




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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