Adoption experts says adoption not the best crisis response

CRS responds to Nepal earthquakeBaton Rouge, LA— Louisiana’s only accredited provider for both international and domestic adoptions Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (CCDBR) cautions families trying to adopt Nepalese orphans at this time. 

“Just like following the Haitian earthquakes, people see images of children separated from their families on the news and want to help, but protecting the children and reuniting them with their families is the top priority,” said David C. Aguillard, CCDBR Executive Director.  “As the immediate crisis recedes, adopting orphaned children may become an option.  But international adoptions take time and professional expertise to safeguard the rights of all involved.”

People who do wish to pursue adoption can contact CCDBR to learn how to best begin the process. 

“At this point in a disaster, it is extremely difficult to determine whether children who appear to be orphaned are truly eligible for adoption,” said Paula C. Davis, LCSW, CCDBR Clinical Director and International Adoption social worker. 

“Like with the Haitian earthquakes, children become temporarily separated from their parents. Others may choose to send their children out of the affected zone to protect them from harm,” she warned. “After disasters, children are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking and other abuses.”

These risks heighten when the government is in shambles, making fulfilling the legal requirements for adoption more difficult if not impossible. Further, when the country is in chaos, the risk of trafficking children increases.

People who choose to adopt despite these warnings may potentially have an adoption that isn’t legal in the US, be unprepared for rearing a traumatized child, or discover later they have adopted a child that is not really an orphan.

As Louisiana’s only accredited agency providing both international and domestic adoptions, CCDBR was granted Hague Accreditation in 2008. The Hague Convention is an international treaty created to ensure that international adoptions are in the best interests of children and prevent the abduction, exploitation, sale, or trafficking of children. As of July 14, 2014, the United States now requires all international adoptions meet Hague standards. 

Aguillard says, “When families chose CCDBR as their adoption provider, they can be assured that we adhere to the legalities prescribed by Hague.”

People wanting to find out more about adoptions can call 225-336-8708 for more info, visit, or register for “Adoption Matters,” CCDBR’s free informational seminar set for June 22, 2015 at noon. 

Individuals wanting to help out can made a financial contribution to a relief agency like Catholic Relief Services responders on the ground in Nepal.


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