Inching Toward Understanding Lives Touched by Adoption

by Debbie Shelley, Catholic Commentator If life is a yardstick, adoption is an inch … but it’s an important inch, said Janie Cravens, LCSW to a group of diverse people touched by adoptions, including adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents and relatives and professionals May 6 at Southeastern Louisiana University Baton Rouge Center – School of […]

Catholic Charities – IAF Summer Newsletter

The adoption center at Catholic Charities routinely releases newsletter and press releases which will be posted on this page. Please check back often for new postings. All newsletters will be in the Adobe PDF format. If you do not have the FREE Adobe Reader software please download it by clicking HERE. – July 2009 International […]

Adoption Social Worker Shannon Cerise to appear on Faith in Action

  Shannon Cerise, Domestic Adoption Social Worker, will appear on Catholic Charities Faith in Action, a half-hour television show airing on Catholic Life Television. The show will begin airing on August 30, 2009, and continue through September 5, 2009. Shannon will talk about new developments in adoption at Catholic Charities, the steps of the adoption […]

Catholic Charities urge delay in adopting Haitian children

Saiward Pharr, WRKF (2010-01-27) Click here to listen to the interview. BATON ROUGE, LA (wrkf) – As people in the United States look for ways to help people in Haiti after the devastating earthquake on January 12th, there has been a surge in interest in adopting Haitian children. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton […]

Thompson Named Angel in Adoption

Upon the recommendation of Rep. Bill Cassidy, Barbara Thompson was honored with the prestigious Angel in Adoption award. She is seen receiving her award from Congressman Cassidy and CCDBR Executive Director, David Aguillard. Barbara has over 30 years of experience in adoptions and joined the Adoption & Maternity department in 2005. She is a licensed […]

POV Series About Adoption To Air

PBS’s POV will feature three films about adoption — Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy by Stephanie Wang-Breal (airing Aug 31); Off and Running by Nicole Opper (airing Sep 7); and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee by Deann Borshay Liem (airing Sep 14). The three films will serve to launch a national […]

Celebrate National Adoption Month

National Adoption Month is designed to draw attention to the needs of waiting children and to celebrate adoption as a beautiful way to build a family.  It also promotes the option of adoption for those who can not adequately provide for the needs of their child. President Gerald Ford, an adopted person himself, proclaimed the first […]

CCDIOBR Adoption Celebration

On November 21st, many families gathered at St. Jude Catholic Church to celebrate National Adoption Month. Children made crafts, had their faces painted and played. Music was provided by Mrs. Dorothy and her Traveling Shaky Egg Band and a professional photographer took family photos. At the event, Mike and Vicki Hoormann were honored for their […]

Champions for Children

  Catholic Charities is recruiting champions for children. Did you know that 4,281 children are currently in foster care in Louisiana? 600 of these children are available for adoption. NOW is your time to help – mentor, visit, pray, create a family.