May is National Foster Care Month

What can Sesame Street teach us about foster care? Recently, the popular, long-running children’s program introduced a Muppet named Karli who is living with her “for-now” parents in foster care.  Karli introduces children to the concept of foster care in a way that they can understand. It also highlights a reality for thousands of children […]

April is National Prevent Child Abuse Month

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 2017 Child Maltreatment Report, there were 4.1 million referrals to Child Protective Services involving 7.5 million children. Of those referrals, 3.5 million situations were investigated and 674,000 children were determined to be victims of maltreatment. The report lists neglect and physical abuse as the most […]

Adoption Matters – Shreveport

Taking the first step in the adoption journey can be intimidating. Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge is here to help. Join us for a free, one-hour seminar, entitled Adoption Matters, on Saturday, March 9th from 1 pm to 2 pm at University Church of Christ in Shreveport. Families will have the opportunity to meet our […]

What We’re Reading: Making Peace with Being Blessed and Abandoned

We recently came across a blog post from, titled Being Adopted: Making Peace with Being Blessed and Being Abandoned.  It was written by Barbara DeMers, and it shines a light on the complicated feelings many adopted individuals experience.  Can being adopted be a blessing, while also being a loss? At our agency, we’d say […]

Press Release: We’ve Expanded Our International Adoption Services!

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge expands its adoption services statewide.   CCDBR announced that its adoption services are now available to people across most of Louisiana, including Shreveport, Monroe, Lafayette, and Alexandria.  “Within the last few years, the number of licensed adoption agencies in the State has declined,” said Paula Davis, CCDBR Adoption Clinical Director. […]

Birthmom Strong: Elizabeth’s Story

Happy National Adoption Month! To celebrate, we will be sharing stories and videos of those involved in the adoption process, or what is known as the Adoption Triad. This week we are exploring the experiences of birthparents. The following is Elizabeth’s* story. She worked with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge to make […]

What We’re Watching: the Adopted Life

Angela Tucker, an adult transracial adopted person, interviews transracially adopted children and young adults from China, Vietnam, Ethiopia and the US about important topics such as growing up with parents of a different race, loss of culture and history and search. She also talks about the need of transracially adopted young people to be connected […]

What We’re Reading: Bubba Watson’s Journey

Recently we came across an article about professional golfer Bubba Watson and his wife, Angie’s, journey to becoming adoptive parents.  Bubba and Angie shared about some of the challenges they faced on the road to becoming an adoptive family. They talk about their experience with rejection, one of the lifelong themes of adoption, as they […]