Domestic Adoption Procedures Homestudy Only

Overview
The Adoption Services of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO), is a non-profit adoption agency licensed by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.  CCANO has provided adoption services since the early 1900s and continues in its commitment to serving families created through adoption as well as other maternity and adoption related services. The agency provides services to families of all faiths.

Application and Homestudy

Application
An Application to Adopt will be included with the homestudy packet to begin the home study process. The application should be completed and returned as soon as possible.

Home Study

What is the Home Study?

The home study usually takes place over three meetings (2 in the adoption program office and 1 in family home). This is an informal time for discussion and education related to the goal of adoption placement.

The 3 meetings include the following:

Office Meetings – these 2 meetings include discussions with families as a couple and as individuals. The individual meetings are relaxed discussions about the information provided in the autobiography guide as well as plans for the family.

Home Meeting – this meeting is a tour of the family home including number of bedrooms, bathrooms, general living areas, as well as a home safety assessment.

As part of the adoption home study, additional paperwork is required and forms will be provided for completion.

Home Study Packet
Copies of birth certificates, marriage / divorce certificates, and driver’s licenses are provided to the agency.

Autobiography Guide
The autobiography guide will assist in writing your life – story. We ask that this information be typewritten.  

Medical Forms
A medical form will be provided for your physician to complete for each family member.

Criminal Clearances
There are several criminal clearances that are necessary to complete:

  • Child Abuse Clearance through the Department of Children and Family Services
  • Local Sheriff’s Department Criminal Clearances
  • Louisiana State Police – Bureau of Criminal Identification
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Clearances

Financial Background

A summary of the family’s financial summary as well as a copy of the most recent W-2 or a recent check stub to verify employment and income.

Personal References

A minimum of 5 personal references will be contacted to provide information regarding your family as it relates to adoption.

Additional Forms
There will be other forms to be completed as part of the home study process and these will be provided as required.

The home study is a time to further discuss a family’s interest in adoption, infertility issues and the ability to provide for a child’s physical and emotional development. The approved home study can be released to another agency or adoption placement resource with the completion of a Release of Information.

Adoption Tax Credit/Refund:
Applicants may be able to take a tax credit/refund for qualifying expenses paid to adopt an eligible child (including a child with special needs). Qualifying expenses may include adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, traveling expenses while away from home, etc.  See www.irs.gov for additional information.

Supervisory Visits
If requested, the Adoption Services of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans can provide post placement services. Each state has specific guidelines in regard to the number of visit and length of time for post placement / post adoption services.

Finalization of Adoption
If requested, the Adoption Services of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans can assist the adoptive family with referrals for retaining legal counsel for the adoption finalization.

For further information:

Danna P. Cousins, LMSW
Program Director
Adoption Services
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
3019 N. Arnoult Road
Metairie, LA 70002

504-885-1141

Email:      dcousins@ccano.org