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.


 

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 - 6/22/2015

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.

June 22nd, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

Click here to learn more and register.

 


 

May 7th: National Child & Youth Mental Health Day

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Awareness Day. This year, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day will address the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental health or mental health and substance use challenges and their families. 

On May 7, Spread the Word about the Awareness Day “Text, Talk, Act” Event for High School Students. Creating Community Solutions, a National Dialogue on Mental Health partner, is hosting its first Text, Talk, Act event for high school students in honor of Awareness Day. Encourage students in your community to participate together.

To learn more about opportunities to participate, please click here.


 

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catholiccharitiesadoption.org

 

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