Because adoption laws vary by state, it is important to know what resources are available to you in your area. With this in mind, then, we’ve created a guide to all of Shreveport’s adoption resources. Whether you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption for her child or a hopeful adoptive parent, the following sources should help you find everything you need on your adoption journey.
American Adoptions is a national, full-service adoption agency and, as such, is more than qualified to meet all of your Shreveport adoption needs. From counseling pregnant women debating their unplanned pregnancy options to helping facilitate contact between adoptive families and birth parents, we do it all. If, however, you are interested in other Shreveport adoption agencies, a good place to start researching is Open Arms Adoption Services.
Every party involved in an adoption will need an attorney to represent their legal interests. If you work with American Adoptions, you’ll be connected with a trusted adoption attorney in Shreveport. If not, you may want to begin researching the following Shreveport firms that practice family law:
While American Adoptions works only to complete private adoptions, Louisiana also has many children in foster care who need safe, loving homes. If you are interested in adopting from foster care or foster parenting, please don’t hesitate to contact one of Shreveport’s foster care agencies:
Before a family can adopt a child, they must first complete an adoption home study. This is essentially an assessment of their readiness to adopt and occurs in three stages: the documentation phase, a home inspection and interviews with each family member living in the home. If you live in Shreveport, you may work with one of the following home study agencies:
As a domestic adoption agency, American Adoptions only completes adoptions within the United States. However, Shreveport does have options if you’re looking to adopt from another country. The first step in this case is to determine which country or countries you’re interested in adopting from, as different agencies specialize in adoptions from different countries. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you can begin researching the following Shreveport international adoption agencies:
If you’re a pregnant woman considering adoption in Shreveport, you’ll work with your adoption specialist to create a hospital plan, which is essentially a more detailed birth plan. You’ll still determine things beforehand like whether or not you want a natural birth, but you’ll also consider factors specific to adoption. Do you want the adoptive family in the room? Do you want time alone with your baby? Your American Adoptions adoption specialist will help you plan out exactly how you want your day to go.
If you’re an adoptive family traveling to Shreveport to adopt, you can expect to meet the newest member of your family at one of the following hospitals:
Before an adoption in Louisiana is complete, the adoptive family must attend a finalization hearing. This is when a judge ensures that the adoption is both legal and ethical and grants the family permanent custody of their child. Depending on where you live in Shreveport, your hearing will take place in one of the following courthouses:
If you travel from out of state to adopt a child in Shreveport, you may be required to stick around while interstate laws are followed. If this is the case, don’t feel like you have to stay in your hotel room. Get out and enjoy what Shreveport has to offer!
For more information about adoption in Shreveport, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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