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Adoption in Louisiana

Louisiana is home to jazz, blues and Mardi Gras. But, did you know that it is also fairly supportive in the adoptive process? Anyone over the age of 18 may adopt in Louisiana. When it comes to financial support for Birth Moms, Adoptive families may provide for many expenses: medical related to pregnancy; counseling before and after pregnancy; reasonable living expenses up to 45 days postpartum; court costs, attorney and agency fees; travel expenses; any other fees found reasonable by the court. If you're in Louisiana, hope you're hungry. They boast eight different culinary regions in their state.

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Adoption Attorneys in Louisiana

8 Adoption Agencies in LA

8 AAAA Attorneys in LA

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  • Attorney
    Terri Hoover-Odom
    500 N. 7th Street, P.O. Box 1576
    West Monroe, LA 71294
    (318) 387-8811
    (318) 323-1122
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Steven R. Baker
    401 Edwards Street, Suite 2010
    Shreveport, LA 71101
    (318) 588-8000
    (318) 588-8099
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Emily M. Debnam
    1055 Laurel Street
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802
    (225) 448-5883
    (225) 778-7383
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Suzanne Ecuyer Bayle
    1515 Poydras Street, Suite 1420
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    (504) 524-3781
    (504) 561-0228
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Bernadette R. Lee
    1515 Poydras Street, Suite 1420
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    (504) 524-3781
    (504) 561-0228
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Edith H. Morris
    1515 Poydras Street, Suite 1420
    New Orleans, LA 70112
    (504) 524-3781
    (504) 561-0228
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation
  • Attorney
    Albert F. "Jay" Widmer, Jr.
    3231 N. I-10 Service Road West
    Metairie, LA 70002
    (504) 779-0022
    (504) 273-1132
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Jennifer Guillot Womble
    4828 Evangeline Street
    Metairie, LA 70001
    (504) 231-4751
    (504) 267-7305
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children

Traveling For Your Adoption in Louisiana

Length of ICPC
in Louisiana

1-30 days

Email: Mercy.Butler.DCFS@LA.GOV

Louisiana adheres to the Interstate Compact On The Placement of Children (ICPC) – a uniform law in all 50 States that establishes procedures for the interstate placement of children. The ICPC also places specific responsibilities on those involved in placing the children. The three principle goals of the ICPC are to:

Protect the children being placed.
Ensure that they receive the services they need.
Facilitate permanent placements for those children who are in state custody

Adoption Law FAQ in Louisiana

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Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    A single adult who is 18 years or older or a married couple jointly.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Adopting parents can only pay an intermediary to cover any reasonable expenses involved in the adoption placement. No other payment is allowed.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Reasonable medical and hospital (including prescriptions, travel), living expenses, child’s medical, hospital, and foster care, counseling and training, attorney and court fees, others deemed reasonable and necessary; final expenses affidavit must be filed 10 days before finalization. Payments to intermediary prohibited. Court may order excessive payments refunded, refuse to approve adoption, refer for criminal prosecution. Up to 45 days after birth.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    Upon signing, or 5 days after birth if birthfather signs prior to that, except if fraud or duress are proven.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    Citation: Children’s Code Art. 1198; 1221; Admin. Code § 67:V.7315
    A single person who is age 18 or older or a married couple jointly may petition to adopt a child.
    In regulation: Applicants must verify:
    • Their marital status, whether legally married or single
    • Their identities
    • That they are either U.S. citizens or legal aliens
    • That they are at least age 18
    • That they have sufficient income, separate from foster care reimbursement, to meet the needs of the family
    • That they and all household members:
    o Have no communicable or infectious diseases
    o Have no illness or condition that would present a health (including past and present mental health) or safety risk to a child placed in the home
    o Are physically able to provide necessary care for a child
    Applicants must provide three personal references of people not related to them and one reference who is related to the applicant(s) but does not live in the home.
    The adoptive parent(s) shall participate in training provided or approved by the agency to develop and enhance their skills.
    The applicant’s home must meet the health and safety requirements listed in regulation.

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code § 67:V.7315
    The agency shall complete a State and national criminal background check for each adoption applicant and any member of the household. A check of the State Central Registry shall be conducted on household members age 18 and older for each State where the person has resided for the past 5 years.
    The study shall include:
    • At least two home consultation visits and a third visit that may be a home or office visit
    • Separate face-to-face interviews with each age-appropriate member of the household and an interview with an adult child of the applicant, who does not live in the applicant’s home, regarding the applicant’s parenting history
    • Motivation for adoption
    • History of any previous application for adoption
    • Background and social information of all members of the household, including:
    o Personality, family background, customs, and relationships
    o Children in the family and family interaction patterns, where and how a new child will fit in and affect family relationships
    o Hobbies, interests, social and family contacts, involvement in the community, and how these will be affected by the addition of a new child
    o Religious affiliation and practices
    o The attitude of each member of the family toward the placement of a child into the home
    o Disciplinary beliefs and practices
    o The plan for child care if parent(s) work outside of the home
    o Provisions for meeting the needs of a special needs placement
    o Attitudes and capacities for parenting an adopted child
    o Attitude toward birth parent(s) and the reason the child is in need of adoption
    o Understanding and acceptance of the adopted child’s background, heritage, identity, and need for sibling and/or family contact
    o Readiness and capacity to discuss adoption with the child and deal with adoption-related issues that arise
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code § 67:V.7315
    No person who is listed on the State Central Registry with a valid finding of child abuse or neglect may reside in an adoptive home.
    The applicant shall be notified, in writing, within 30 days if the request to become an adoptive home parent is not recommended for one of the following reasons:
    • The applicant is unwilling to withdraw the request to become an adoption parent after receiving a recommendation to withdraw.
    • The applicant desires to adopt but is unwilling to adopt a child under the custodial control of the department.
    The provider shall enter a dispositional summary in the case record clearly indicating the reason for denial of the application for certification, the manner in whih the decision was presented to the family, and whether or not they agreed with the decision. If the applicant disagrees with the department’s recommendation to not accept the applicant as an adoption home, department staff shall review the request to become an adoption home parent and issue a final written determination regarding the department’s recommendation.
    A home shall be decertified if:
    • The family does not meet the general requirements for an adoption home.
    • The placement is not in the best interests of a child.
    • Sexual abuse or exploitation by the parent or other resident of the home is substantiated.
    • Substantiated child abuse or neglect by a household resident occurs that is serious in nature or warrants removal of a child.
    • A serious physical or mental illness develops that may preclude adequate care of the child by the parent.
    • A child has not been placed in the home within the preceding 2 years.
    If it is necessary to decertify a home, the reason shall be stated in a personal interview with the family. The provider shall confirm, in a written notice to the parent, the decision to decertify a home. The notice shall be delivered within 30 calendar days of the interview.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code § 67:V.7315
    The home study must be completed prior to adoptive placement of a child in the home.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code § 67:V.7315
    The agency placing a child shall remain responsible for the child until a final decree has been granted.
    The child and family shall be seen within 3 weeks of placement and once every 2 months thereafter, with a visit within 30 days prior to the final decree. At least two of the supervisory visits shall be in the adoptive home and shall include both adoptive parents (if applicable) and all other members of the household.
    Observations made during the visits shall be used in making recommendations for finalization of the adoption or to assist the family if problems arise that cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the family and provider. The agency shall assist the family directly and/or refer the family to a provisional resource outside of the agency to address the problem(s).
    In special needs placements, supervisory visits should be made at least once every 2 months to provide information, assistance, and support to the family.
    Written reports of the supervisory visits shall be dated, sent to the department as part of the confidential report, and placed in the records of the child and adoptive parent(s).
    The agency shall:
    • Be available to give the family assistance, consultation, and emotional support with situations and problems encountered in permanent placement
    • Ensure continuation of case management, visits, and telephone contacts based upon the needs of the child until the adoption is legally granted
    • Be made aware of any change in the adoptive home, including health, education, or behavior
    • Be responsible for assisting adoptive parents to finalize the adoption or, in cases where the adoption cannot be finalized, developing an alternative permanent plan and placement for the child


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