The Home Study Process


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 Home Study


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

Home Study

The non-refundable home study fee is due at the first scheduled home visit meeting.

What is the Home Study?

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

The 4 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

These 2 meetings include a tour of the family home including the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, general living areas, as well as a home safety assessment.

Home Study Packet

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

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 not be handwritten. We provide a guide for you to complete.

Medical Forms

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

Criminal Clearances

Several criminal clearances are necessary to complete:

Child Abuse Clearance through the Department of Children and Family Services

  • Child Abuse Clearance through other states the family has resided
  • 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 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 visits and length of time for post-placement/post-adoption services. Each visit is $150 per visit and is paid at the time of the visit.

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, LCSW-BACS
Program Director
Adoption Services
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans
4200 S. I-10 Service Rd. W., Ste. 124 

Metairie, LA 70002