In conjunction with the celebration of our 50th anniversary, Catholic Charities is excited to present "A Holistic Approach to the Adoption Journey" on Tuesday, May 6, 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. Qualifies for CEUs.
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.
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Published in The Catholic Commentator on April 4, 2014
By Richard Meek
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.
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...
Since 2007, Catholic Charities volunteers Mike and Vicki Hoormann have lovingly welcomed 20 newborns into their home, providing temporary care as they await their permanent adoptive homes. Despite many sleepless nights, Vicki and Mike believe being a boarding care family is their ministerial calling, especially since they can serve together as a couple.
Not only do they build strong bonds with the babies, but they also 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.
We are most grateful to Vicki and Mike for their years of service, sleepless nights and selfless love given to infants in need.
Find out how you can volunteer at Catholic Charities, click here to send an email.
Our Refugee Resettlement team urgently needs your help. Refugees from war-torn countries like Colombia, the Congo, and Myanmar are arriving almost daily. They come with little more than the clothes on their backs, and our warehouse is almost empty.Read more...