Because adoption laws vary depending on the state, it can be tough to find resources dedicated specifically to your area. With this in mind, then, we’ve compiled a guide of adoption resources that are specific to New Orleans. Whether you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption or a family hoping to grow through adoption, the following sources should be able to meet all of your New Orleans adoption needs.
As a full-service, national adoption agency, American Adoptions is more than capable of completing a New Orleans adoption. Whether you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption or a family hoping to adopt, we’ll guide you through each step of the way. If, however, you wish to research other professionals in the New Orleans area, you could consider the following local adoption agencies:
In every adoption situation, all parties will need an attorney to make sure their legal interests are represented. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be provided with a trusted New Orleans adoption attorney. If not, you may want to begin contacting the following family law firms:
While American Adoptions does not work within Louisiana’s foster care system, it’s still very near and dear to our hearts. If you are interested in adopting a child from foster care or foster parenting, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the following foster care agencies in New Orleans:
Before a family can adopt a child in Louisiana, they must have completed an adoption home study. A home study is an assessment of a family’s preparedness to adopt, including a documentation stage, a home inspection and interviews with each person living in the home. In Louisiana, we frequently work with the following home study providers:
If you wish to adopt internationally, New Orleans has professionals that can facilitate this as well. The first step is to decide which country you wish to adopt from, as different professionals specialize in completing adoptions from different countries. Once you have narrowed down the list, you can begin contacting New Orleans international adoption agencies:
If you are a pregnant woman considering adoption with American Adoptions, your adoption specialist will work with you to create a hospital plan. This is essentially a standard birth plan, albeit much more detailed. For example, you’ll decide beforehand whether you want the adoptive family in the room, whether you want to nurse your child, and more.
If you’re an adoptive family traveling from out of town to meet your newest family member, you can expect to do so in one of the following hospitals:
Before any adoption is complete, an adoption finalization hearing must take place. This gives a judge a chance to review the case and ensure that everything was done ethically and legally before giving a family legal and permanent custody of a child. Depending on where you live in New Orleans, your finalization hearing will take place in one of the following locations:
If you travel from out of state, you may be required to stick around while all interstate laws are adhered to. If this is the case, feel free to get out and enjoy New Orleans’ many tourist attractions!
For more information about adoption in New Orleans, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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