Since adoption laws vary by state, finding resources that are specific to your adoption needs can be difficult, especially when you need to locate professionals that serve your area. With this in mind, then, we’ve compiled a list of sources to help you pursue adoption in Lafayette.
As a national, full-service adoption agency, American Adoptions is more than capable of meeting all of your Lafayette adoption needs. From counseling pregnant women about unplanned pregnancy options to helping adoptive families keep in touch with their children’s birth parents, we do it all. If, however, you’re interested in researching Lafayette’s other adoption professionals, here are some places to start:
In every adoption scenario, both parties will need access to an adoption attorney to make sure the adoption is legally and ethically completed. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be connected with a trusted attorney. If you don’t, you may want to begin contacting Lafayette attorneys who specialize in family law:
As a private adoption agency, American Adoptions is not involved with Louisiana’s foster care system. However, the state has many children who are in need of foster parents or those interested in adopting from foster care. If this is something you might consider, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the following agencies:
Before a family can adopt a child, they must have a completed home study in the state of Louisiana. A home study is essentially an assessment of your readiness to adopt and includes three phases: a documentation stage, a home visit and interviews with each member of your family. To begin the process, you can contact any of the following Louisiana adoption home study providers:
American Adoptions works only to complete adoptions in the United States. However, Louisiana does have professionals to help you adopt from a different country. For more information, contact any of the following international adoption agencies:
If you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption in Lafayette, you will need to devise a hospital plan, which includes all the elements of a traditional birth plan and more. Women considering adoption will work with their adoption specialists to consider details like whether or not they want the adoptive family in the room and whether or not they’d like to nurse their babies or spend time alone with them.
If you are an adoptive family traveling to Lafayette to adopt, you’ll most likely meet your newest family member in one of the following locations:
Before a Lafayette adoption is complete, an adoptive family must undergo a finalization hearing. This will give a Louisiana judge an opportunity to ensure that the adoption was legally and ethically completed, and it’s the day your child becomes legally and permanently yours! If you live in Lafayette, your adoption finalization hearing will take place in the Lafayette Parish courthouse.
If you travel from out of state to adopt, you may be required to hang around Lafayette for a few days or weeks while interstate regulations are followed. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to get out and enjoy the area’s attractions!
For more information about adoption in Lafayette, contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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