Adoption in Baton Rouge, LA
Baton Rouge Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
You can’t (and shouldn’t have to) complete an adoption in Baton Rouge on your own. If you’re thinking about starting the Louisiana adoption process, you’ll first need to collect all the necessary local resources and connect with the right professionals in your area.
We’ve made it easy for you to find everything you’ll need, whether you’re hoping to adopt or you need to place a child for adoption in Baton Rouge. This is the ultimate guide to the adoption process for Baton Rouge residents.
Baton Rouge Adoption Agencies
As one of the top full-service national agencies, American Adoptions has been helping pregnant women and hopeful adoptive parents for more than 25 years. Our size and scope allows us to offer more services and personalized attention for people throughout Louisiana and the United States.
The licensed social workers at American Adoptions are always standing by, and we can offer:
- Shorter wait times for hopeful adoptive parents
- 24/7 counseling and support for pregnant women exploring their options
- Financial protection for adoptive parents in the event of an adoption disruption
- Video profiles to give prospective birth mothers the opportunity to see potential adoptive parents “in action”
- And more
There are, however, other adoption agencies in Baton Rouge who can help you with a private domestic infant adoption, too. St. Elizabeth Foundation and Beacon House Adoption are the nearest such agencies to Baton Rouge. Remember to carefully research and compare all of your options when choosing the professional you want to guide you through this life-changing experience. You deserve the best for something so important.
If you’re interested in learning more about American Adoptions’ private domestic infant adoption services, contact us online for free information with no obligation. Our social workers are always standing by to answer any questions you might have about the process of adoption in Baton Rouge.
Baton Rouge Adoption Attorneys
In order to complete the necessary legal steps of adoption in Baton Rouge, you’ll need to work with an experienced adoption attorney. Your lawyer ensures that you fully understand and consent to each legal step, and is vital to the protection of everyone involved.
If you’re working with American Adoptions to complete your Baton Rouge adoption, you won’t have to worry about finding legal representation — we’ll refer you to the best attorneys in the area. For those who aren’t partnering with American Adoptions, you’ll likely want to reach out to one of these nearby professionals for help with the required legalities:
- Ethel M. Clay, Attorney at Law
- Michael E. Theriot, LLC.
- Rowe Law Firm
- The Law Offices of Terri H. Odom
- On Point Legal
- Miller, Hampton & Hilgendorf
- Lazarre Law Firm
- Esposito Law Firm
Baton Rouge Home Study Providers
If you’re planning to adopt a child, then you’ll need to complete the home study process first. This important pre-adoptive step is meant to verify that a family is physically, financially, mentally and emotionally ready to welcome a child via adoption. It’s designed to make sure that children are being placed into safe, loving and prepared homes.
To begin the process, Baton Rouge residents will need to reach out to a Louisiana home study provider, like these professionals:
Baton Rouge Foster Care Professionals
Thinking about fostering a child or adopting a child through foster care? You’ll need to work with a Baton Rouge-area organization that is licensed for this type of placement. Although American Adoptions is not licensed to provide foster care services, we recommend reaching out to one of these capable providers to learn more:
- Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
- Volunteers of America of Greater Baton Rouge
- AdoptUSKids Louisiana
Baton Rouge International Adoption Agencies
International adoption in Louisiana is on a steady decline, but there are still some families who want to pursue this path, and there are still a few providers who are licensed to help with international placements. These are the international agencies that are nearest to Baton Rouge:
Baton Rouge Hospitals
Women who are pregnant and planning to place their baby for adoption in Baton Rouge can contact American Adoptions and create a personal birth plan. Within that plan, you’ll outline pregnancy- and delivery-related preferences, including where you want to go to receive your pre- and postnatal medical care.
Here are a couple local hospitals you could choose to include in that birth plan:
Baton Rouge Courts
Adoptive families living in Baton Rouge will need to complete the required post-placement follow-ups for several months after they have received placement of a new child. Once those are complete, a finalization hearing will be scheduled to take place in East Baton Rouge Parish court.
That hearing is short and simple — the judge will issue a final decree of adoption, and the last legal step of your journey will be officially complete.
Visiting Baton Rouge
When a child is placed for adoption in Baton Rouge, it stands to reason that those involved in the adoption will spend a good amount of time in the city. The birth and adoptive families may meet one another for the first time before or at placement in Baton Rouge. Out-of-state adoptive families may stay in town for their ICPC clearance. Both families may meet up in Baton Rouge for open adoption visits in the years to come.
So, it can be helpful to explore some local points of interest together during your time here. Be sure to check out:
- Mike the Tiger Habitat
- USS Kidd
- Louisiana’s Old State Capitol
- Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
- The Old Governor’s Mansion
Have some questions about the Baton Rouge, LA, adoption process? Ready to get started? Contact American Adoptions now for free, confidential and no-obligation information. Our licensed social workers are here to answer your questions and can help you begin the process whenever you’re ready.
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