Louisiana Adoption Information

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See also: Baton Rouge Adoption, New Orleans Adoption, Shreveport Adoption

Adoption in Louisiana

Contemplating adoption can be overwhelming when there are so many options available. In Louisiana you may adopt and infant domestically, an infant or older child through an international adoption, or an older or special needs child through foster care.

Who May Adopt In Louisiana

You don`t have to be rich, have a high powered job, or be someone important to be able to adopt a child in Louisiana. If you are age 21 or over, have a safe home and the financial means to support a child, you may be eligible to adopt a child.

Infant Adoption In Louisiana

If you are interested in domestic infant adoption, or are a birth parent who would like to make an adoption plan, you can do so through a licensed adoption agency, or through an adoption attorney. Be sure that any attorney that you choose has experience in adoptions.

If you are pregnant and feel that you can not have the resources to care for a child, or to make an adoption plan, Louisiana does have a Safe Haven law. This allows you to leave your baby, up to 30 days old, at a licensed Hospital in Louisiana, public health unit, medical clinic, fire station, police station, pregnancy crisis center, or child advocacy center.

Louisiana Older Child Or Special Needs Adoption

There are many children waiting for an adoptive family in Louisiana but have difficulty being placed. These children are currently in foster care and may be older children or have a physical or emotional disability that requires extra care. Special needs may also mean a child of a different race, or a sibling group that needs to be adopted together.

When adopting an older child, you must complete a class called Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP). Older children and special needs children being adopted have unique needs. The purpose of the class is to help to educate you what the needs might be, and how to handle them.

International Adoption In Louisiana

With so many countries that you can adopt from, it is important to do your research and work with an agency that is experienced in adoptions from the country you`re interested in. Each country has different regulations, terminologies and time frames. Working with the right agency will make your adoption go much more smoothly. The agency must be licensed in Louisiana.

Louisiana Adoption Home Study

Every family who is planning to adopt must have a completed home study in order to take placement of a child. A home study will take several months and may seem extremely intrusive and personal. On many levels it is. You will be asked questions about your parenting style, your marriage (if applicable), your childhood, and all adults in the home will have to clear State Police and FBI criminal records checks as well as the State Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect.

The purpose of the home study is twofold. It protects the child and helps to match you with a child that will be the best fit for your family.

Louisiana Adoption Registry

If you are an adult who was adopted in Louisiana, or a parent who placed a child for adoption in Louisiana, you may register with the Louisiana Voluntary Adoption Registration to be put in contact with the other party. There is also a counseling requirement that must be met prior to voluntary release of any identifying information, but this is not required in order to register.

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, visit the Adoption Directory to speak with a caring professional in Louisiana.You can also view profiles of hopeful adoptive couples in or near Louisiana in the listing below, provided as a service of ParentProfiles.com.

Couples Hoping to Adopt in Louisiana

View profiles of hopeful adoptive parents or create your own adoption profile today on ParentProfiles.com (A service of Adoption Profiles, LLC).

Featured LA Couples from Parent Profiles
Jared & Jamie  (from LA)
We are a fun loving - close knit family of three who welcomed our first child through adoption and she is super excited about becoming a big sister! Please feel free to contact us with any questions...[more]

See All Louisiana Couples Hoping to Adopt through ParentProfiles.com.

Children Waiting for Adoption in Louisiana

Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Louisiana who are hoping to be adopted.

Featured Louisiana Children from The Adoption.com Photolisting
John (Louisiana / 15 / M)
John is an adorable thirteen year old. He is very helpful in the kitchen and loves to cook. John has expressed a desire to become a world famous chef one day. John loves animals and spending time outdoors, jumping on the trampoline... [more]

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Oops! Prior inquiries released before complete . Search for birth mother . White male born August 7, 1975 in New Orleans,Louisiana at 10:12pm. Dr attending was S.F. Carlomafro hospital not known. You were 17 at the birth and lived a At St. Vincent's on Magazine street during the pregnancy. Looking for information but meeting is certainly not required. Thanks for considering request to share info. God Bless #4
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Im looking for my birth mother...emma may clayton-sanders. I was born shreveport louisiana october 25 1989. Ive been looking since i was 18. I was born at lsu medical center i beleive. Before i was adopted my mother named me arielle lashawn clayton. My supposed father is darryl dwayne sanders. Its impacting me emotionally more and more each year. I dont know why #6
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Searching for any persons who relinquished a child in Sterlington La, 60-70's. Searching for persons adopted in Sterlington, La 1xxxxx's a Dr. henry Jones handled adoption/delivery. #11
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Searching for birthmother who gave birth to a beautiful son on Aug 7, 1975 in New Orleans Louisiana at 10:12pm. Hospital unknown but doctor was S #12
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