International Adoptions


Program Description

  • Domestic and inter-country adoption services to children and families.
  • Children from a variety of backgrounds are placed with their forever families.

Territory Served

12 civil parishes of the Diocese of Baton Rouge including Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, and Tangipahoa.

Outside of Baton Rouge Diocese: Case-by-case basis

Specific Requirements for Adoption

People of any religion, race or nationality may apply.

Eligibility varies from country to country and is determined by the requirements of specific programs in the other country.

The Louisiana Children’s Code (Chapter 9, Article 1198) sets forth who may adopt: “A single person, eighteen years or older, or a married couple jointly may petition to adopt a child through an agency. When one joint petitioner dies after the petition has been filed, the adoption proceedings may continue as though the survivor was a single original petitioner.”

CCDBR requires that you work with a licensed and accredited international child placing agency.

It is your responsibility to ensure you meet the specific requirements of the placing agency and the specific country from which you are adopting.

The process includes the potential adoptive parent(s) submission of required documentation, criminal and child abuse clearances, references, group training of a minimum of 10 hours and a home study, which includes individual, couple, and family interviews.

The home study process requires an honest discussion of family circumstances and history. Each country has its own guidelines about what makes a good family and this information helps us match families with countries that are the best fit.