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Catholic Charities' Maternity & Adoption
50th Anniversary Conference
In conjunction with the celebration of our 50th anniversary, Catholic Charities is excited to present A Holistic Approach to the Adoption Journey with keynote speaker Janie Cravens, LCSW. Ms. Cravens is a pioneer in her field, and a vocal advocate for growth and understanding among all members of the adoption constellation.
This seminar will offer invaluable insight to all touched by adoption - adopted people, adoptive families, prospective adoptive families, and birth parents. Specialized learning about the complexities involved in adoption practice will be particularly beneficial to professionals including social workers, counselors, child welfare workers, attorneys, and judges.
Janie Cravens is a dynamic, internationally-renowned speaker and an authority on the topic of wholeness in the adoption journey. We hope that you will join us for this intriguing presentation.
Potential Adoptive Families: Our staff is committed to helping you find the adoption option that is right for you. We provide you with 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.
Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator
As dawn’s first light heralded the arrival of Christmas morning, one needy Baton Rouge family awoke to holiday trappings normally reserved for the more fortunate.
Officials from the Diocese of Baton Rouge participated in planting a pinwheel garden in front of the Catholic Charities office building in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, scheduled for April. The pinwheel is the national symbol for prevention of child abuse. Several agencies of the diocese work in collaboration with each other in protecting children. Photo by Richard Meek.
Under the tree toys, a winter coat and even the dazzle of a shiny new bike awaited the 3-year-old boy. But the parents were not forgotten, either, also being able to experience the childlike thrill of ripping into Christmas presents.
Later that day, the family enjoyed a holiday dinner replete with ham and all of the trimmings. “It was emotional, probably one of the best Christmases I’ve ever had,” said the mother, 36, who asked not to be identified. “I’ll never forget it.”
The family’s idyllic Christmas was made possible by Safe Families for Children, a national program launched locally by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge two years ago. Multi-faceted by design, the program offers a safety net for families in crisis.Read more...
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. According to the Children's Bureau, there are currently 102,000 children and youth in foster care across the country waiting for adoptive families. According to AdoptUsKids.org, there were 1,088 children and youth waiting for adoptive families in Louisiana in 2012.
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 19th from noon-1pm. Click here for more information and to register online, or call our office (225) 336-8708.
CCDIOBR Maternity & Adoption Department Honors Mike and Vicki Hoormann
Vicki and Mike Hoormann had been praying to find a ministry in which they could serve together as a couple. Their desire to help the Catholic community fit perfectly with the need of the Maternity and Adoption Department of Catholic Charities who was searching for families to provide temporary care for newborn infants awaiting their permanent adoptive homes. In May of 2007, they responded to a request for boarding families and from that moment on the Hoormanns became an important part of the Catholic Charities family. Although caring for a newborn is a difficult task, Vicki and Mike believe being a boarding care family is their ministerial calling and they are perfect for the job.
After completing the homestudy process, Vicki and Mike welcomed their first infant into their home in July of 2007. Since that time, they have had sixteen babies in their home. Each time they are called to serve, they lovingly accept this great responsibility. Not only do they build strong bonds with the babies they care for, but they also build relationships with the parents. They welcome the new parents into their hearts, their homes, and their lives. They serve as a bridge connecting parents to the priceless details of their babies first few days in the world.
The Hoormanns enable Catholic Charities Maternity and Adoption Department to serve birth parents, adoptive parents, and, most importantly, children. We are most grateful to Vicki and Mike for their years of service, sleepless nights and selfless love given to infants in need. Please join us in honoring Mike and Vickie Hoormann.