Louisiana permits the following types of adoptions in addition to public adoptions:
Adoption Statute-Non-Agency; Independent; Private Adoptions:
Children's Code Article 1221, et seq
Children's Code Article 1198,et seq
Public Adoptive Placement-Requirements:
At least 21 years of age
Single, married, divorced, or widowed
Financially stable (able to meet own family’s needs)
Good physical, emotional and mental health
Adequate space in home for additional child
Pass state and federal criminal clearances
Attend 21 hours of pre-service training
Participate in home study process
Adoption assistance payments begin:
- Other : The 1st day of the month following the month the petition is filed.
Sending State Adoption Subsidy Payments (Guidelines):
The Adoption Subsidy Agreement (SA-II) is a formalized written agreement, binding on all parties, between the State agency, other relevant agencies and the prospective adoptive parents of a minor child which, at a minimum:
1. Specifies the amount of the payments and any services which are to be provided;
2. Specifies the type of subsidy(ies) and the duration of the subsidy(ies);
3. Stipulates that the agreement is to remain in effect regardless of the state of residence of the
adoptive parents; and
4. Specifies procedures and conditions for reauthorization and termination.
The SA II Agreement has two parts: Part 1. Provisional Approval, is completed prior to the placement of the child/signing of the 427-B, and Part 2. Final Determination of Approval, is completed at the time of the adoption petition filing. Final approval is given if the child's eligibility status remains unchanged. For the Title IV-E and non-IV-E Medicaid Adoption Subsidy eligible child, this document apprises the adoptive family of the child's continued entitlement to Medicaid until age 19.
Louisiana definition of "Special Needs":
Adoption may be finalized in another state:
Before finalization can occur in Louisiana, child must be in adoptive placement:
Six months for agency adoption and one year for independent/private adoption.
Statutory code/cite for Adoption Petition:
Court Jurisdiction for Adoption Cases:
Home Study (Adoptions)
Statutory code/cite for the Adoptive Home Studies: