Adoption Agencies in Louisiana
If you are a pregnant woman or birth mother please click here to see information that is geared to your needs.
If you are an adopting family we believe you will find the information below helpful. We begin by giving you information regarding child adoption law in Louisiana (what you can and can't do) and then provide you with information on children available for adoption in Louisiana. We then relate how we can assist you during the adoption process and finally we provide a list of licensed Louisiana adoption agencies which you browse through for additional information.
Louisiana Child Adoption Laws
Before starting to search for a child to adopt or an agency to assist you, it is important that you understand how the adoption laws in Louisiana may affect your decisions. Making informed decisions is the best way of increasing your chances of adopting a child. By way of example, we have listed below a few of the important parts of Louisiana child adoption law including such topics as adoption expenses and the critical issue of ending the biological parental rights (called a Consent, Relinquishment or Surrender).
State Regulation of Adoption Expenses
Birth Parent Expenses Allowed
Citation: § 600.9(2)
Legal costs relating to termination of parental rights and adoption
Pregnancy and birth-related medical care for the birth mother and child
Living expenses of the mother, including room, board, food, and transportation for medical purposes only
Counseling provided to the birth parents
Foster care for the child, if needed
Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed
Citation: § 600.9(2)
Living expenses other than those listed above, and not to extend beyond 30 days after the child's birth
Counseling beyond 60 days after the child's birth
Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption
Citation: § 600.9(1)(b)
Any person assisting in the placement or adoption of a child shall not charge a fee that is more than usual, necessary, and commensurate with the services rendered.
Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child
Citation: § 600.9(1)(a)
Except for an allowable expense, a birth parent shall not receive any thing of value for placing a child for adoption.
Accounting of Expenses Required by Court
Citation: § 600.9(2)
A petitioner shall file with the court a full accounting, in a report prescribed by the court, signed and verified, of all disbursements made in connection with the adoption.
Consent to Adoption
Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.7
The following persons must consent to an adoption:
The spouse of a petitioner who is a stepparent
The spouse of a petitioner who is separately petitioning to adopt an adult person
Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600.7
A child age 14 or older must consent to the adoption.
When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 600.7; 600A.8
Consent may be unnecessary if:
Any person required to consent refuses to or cannot be located.
A parent has signed a release of custody and the release has not been revoked.
A parent has petitioned for termination of parental rights.
The parent has abandoned the child.
A parent has been ordered to contribute to the support of the child or financially aid in the child's birth and has failed to do so without good cause.
A parent does not object to the termination after having been given proper notice and the opportunity to object.
A parent does not object to the termination, although every reasonable effort has been made to identify, locate, and give notice to that parent.
An adoptive parent requests termination of parental rights and the parent-child relationship based upon a showing that the adoption was fraudulently induced.
The parent has been determined to be a chronic substance abuser and the parent has committed a second or subsequent domestic abuse assault.
The parent has abducted the child, has improperly removed the child from the physical custody of the person entitled to custody without the consent of that person, or has improperly retained the child after a visit or other temporary relinquishment of physical custody.
The parent has been imprisoned for a crime against the child, the child's sibling, or another child in the household, or the parent has been imprisoned and it is unlikely that the parent will be released from prison for a period of 5 or more years.
The parent has been convicted of a felony offense that is a criminal offense against a minor, the parent is divorced from or was never married to the minor's other parent, and the parent is serving a minimum sentence of confinement of at least 5 years for that offense.
When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: Ann. Stat. § 600A.4(2)(g)
Parental release of custody may not be executed until at least 72 hours after the child's birth.
Revocation of Consent
Citation: Ann. Stat. §§ 600.7; 600A.4
A consent to the adoption may be withdrawn prior to the issuance of an adoption decree by the filing of an affidavit of consent withdrawal with the court.
Either a parent who has signed a release of custody, or a nonsigning parent, may, at any time prior to the entry of an order terminating parental rights, request the court to order the revocation of any release of custody previously executed by either parent.
If such request is by a signing parent, and is within 96 hours of the time such parent signed a release of custody, the court shall order the release revoked. Otherwise, the juvenile court shall order the release or releases revoked only upon clear and convincing evidence that good cause exists for revocation.
Good cause for revocation includes but is not limited to a showing that the release was obtained by fraud, coercion, or misrepresentation of law or fact that was material to its execution. In determining whether good cause exists for revocation, the juvenile court shall give paramount consideration to the best interests of the child, including avoidance of a disruption of an existing relationship between a parent and child.
Rights of Presumed (Putative) Fathers
Registry/Paternity Requirements to Receive Notice
Citation: § 144.12A(2)(a)
The putative father may file prior to the child's birth, but no later than the date of the filing of the petition for termination of rights.
Please visit adoption law in Louisiana for more details.
Are Children Available for Adoption in Louisiana
Yes, through both public and private adoption agencies. For example, in 2004, Louisiana had 1,181 children in the welfare system waiting to be adopted of whom 14 were under the age of 1 year, and 336 were between ages 1-5 years old. The actual number of children adopted through Louisiana public child welfare agencies was only 455, which represents only a small portion of the total number of all Louisiana adoptions (exact numbers are not available at this time).
Remember that while you may be a resident of Louisiana, you are not limited to adopting a child from Louisiana. You can adopt a child born in Louisiana, a child born in any other U.S. state, or even a foreign born child. What is important for you to understand is that infants and children are available for adoption in Louisiana, in each of the other the 49 states, and in many foreign countries.
Can We Assist You with a Child Adoption in Louisiana
Yes, we can help you and so can any licensed child adoption agency (we have listed several below). By way of introduction to Adoption Services, Inc, I will relate to you a little about myself and our child adoption agency.
Almost 40 years ago I (Dr. Vince Berger) began working as a psychologist with pregnant teens in the Pittsburgh city school system. It was very challenging because in those days there were very few services for these young women, society was not yet accepting of unmarried and/or pregnant teens, and the word "adoption" was hardly ever used.
I loved the work I was doing and knowing that I was personally able to help so many of the pregnant women I was working with. But something was missing - I did not feel I was helping people enough. So, I set out to provide the personal and professional care that a birth mother and adopting family need and deserve in the adoption process.
I started a full service, non-profit adoption agency. Not just any agency, but one that was, and still is, dedicated to helping birth parents and adopting families receive the best and most comprehensive of adoption related services. Over the past 20 years, my staff and I have helped over 9,000 adopting families, birth parents, their babies and children.
I love helping people. I work 6 days a week and answer calls at all hours. The hours I put in are long but never hard, since I find so much joy and strength in helping others.
I hope that you will call me or my staff so we can help you in the adoption process. However, if you don't want to call us, then please review the agencies listed here and give one of them a call. Do not give up until you get the help and attention you need and deserve.
Thank you for letting us help, and good luck.
and the staff of Adoption Services
Acorn Adoption, Inc.
2895 Highway 190
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: (985) 626-3800
Fax: (985) 626-3801
Toll-Free: (888) 221-1370
Beacon House Adoption Services, Inc. (BHAS)
15254 Old Hammond Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: (225) 272-3221
Fax: (225) 273-6491
Toll-Free: (888) 987-6300
Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans (CCANO)
3019 North Arnoult Road
Metairie, LA 70002-4714
Phone: (504) 885-1141
Fax: (504) 885-1519
Toll-Free: (866) 566-1399
Catholic Social Services of Houma - Thibodaux
PO Box 3894
Houma, LA 70361
Phone: (985) 876-0490
Fax: (985) 876-7751
Catholic Social Services of Lafayette
1408 Carmel Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: (337) 261-5654
Toll-Free: (800) 256-7222
Jewish Family Service of Greater New Orleans (JFS)
3330 West Esplanade Avenue South
Metairie, LA 70002-3454
Phone: (504) 831-8475
Fax: (504) 831-1130
LDS Social Services
480 Robert Boulevard
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone: (985) 649-2774
Fax: (985) 649-2738
St. Elizabeth Foundation (SEF)
8054 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 769-8888
Fax: (225) 769-6874
Toll-Free: (800) 738-5683
Domestic Child Adoption Agencies in Other States
If you are looking for a child adoption agency simply click the link below for the state to see a list of the adoption agencies in that state.
Why You Need an Adoption Consultant
There are many risks when you go to adopt a child including losing a child after you have already taken them home (referred to as a disruption), loosing all of the money you have invested in the adoption if the birth mother changes her mind, or finding that there are previously unknown or undisclosed fees that may appear. Dr Berger has helped thousands of adopting families with domestic adoptions and international adoptions and he is available to assist you no matter what type of adoption you chose to pursue and regardless of whether you work with an adoption agency, facilitator or adoption attorney. He can help you save your time, effort and money in helping you to decide what routes to take and the best way to achieve your goal of adopting a child. He can help reduce your risks and potential pain and can help you avoid many of the problems and pitfalls found in the adoption process. You can read and download his free adoption manual or, for more information on how he can help you, please visit his Adoption Consultant link.