Adoption laws change across state lines, so it can be hard to know which resources are available to you. In light of this, we’ve compiled a list of sources and professionals for those interested in pursuing adoption in Metairie.
As a full-service, national adoption agency, American Adoptions is more than equipped to handle all Metairie adoption needs. From counseling pregnant women to helping birth mothers and adoptive families maintain contact after adoption, American Adoptions can guide you along each step of the journey, whether you’re a family hoping to adopt or a pregnant woman considering adoption in Metairie. If, however, you wish to research other professionals in the area, you do have options:
In every adoption, all parties will need an attorney to represent their legal interests. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted Louisiana attorney. If not, you may want to begin researching the following adoption lawyers in Metairie:
While American Adoptions is a private adoption agency, the foster care system in Louisiana is still very near and dear to our hearts. If you are interested in foster parenting or adopting an older child from the foster system, please contact any of the following foster care agencies in Metairie:
Before a family is eligible to adopt a child in Louisiana, they must have a completed adoption home study. A home study includes three stages: the documentation phase (which includes background checks), a home inspection and interviews with each family member living in the home. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be connected with one of our trusted Louisiana home study providers:
If you wish to adopt from another country, Metairie has professionals to facilitate this as well. After you decide which country (or countries) you’re interested in adopting from, you’ll want to research the following international adoption agencies:
If you’re a family from out of town who hopes to adopt from a pregnant woman in Metairie, you can expect to meet the newest member of your family in one of the following locations. Remember to be considerate of your child’s birth mother’s wishes during her hospital stay.
Before an adoption is complete, an adoptive family must attend a finalization hearing. This is when a judge will hear the case and ensure that a child’s adoption was completed legally and ethically. If you live in Metairie, this hearing will take place in the Jefferson Parish courthouse.
If you’ve traveled from out of town to complete an adoption in Metairie, you may be required to hang around while interstate laws are followed. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to get out and enjoy all that Metairie has to offer!
For more information about adoption in Metairie, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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