In Louisiana, every adoption requires the action and approval of a court in order to determine whether the action is in the "best interests of the child." Louisiana has enacted procedures to assess the fitness of the adopting parents. Adopted children receive all the benefits afforded to natural children, and parents owe adopted children the same legal duties of care and support owed to a natural or birth child of the marriage. If you are considering adopting, the Law Office of Nathan G. Frazier can help both adoptive and birth parents throughout all phases of the adoption process.

Louisiana Licensing Requirements for Foster or Adoption:
  • You must have adequate bedroom space for a child. A child may share a bedroom with another child of the same sex, but the child cannot share a bedroom with anyone over the age of 18 years old.

  • It is important that your home is safe and free of hazards. During the home study process, your home development worker will conduct a safety inspection of your home. You must have working smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher.

  • Being a parent can sometimes be demanding. You must be healthy and emotionally stable to care for children. Everyone in your home must provide a medical statement completed by a physician indicating they are free of communicable diseases (i.e., tuberculosis).

  • If you have had a valid child protection case, you may not be able to become a foster or adoptive parent. We will review records in Louisiana, as well as any other state where you have resided.

  • You do not have to be rich to become a foster or adoptive parent, however, you must have enough income to meet your own family‚Äôs needs. During the home study process, you will be asked to provide proof of income and to review family expenses.

  • Foster or adoptive parents can be single, married, divorced or widowed.

  • If you or any adult residing in your home has been convicted of certain criminal offenses, you cannot become a foster or adoptive parent.

At the Lafayette, Louisiana, offices of Nathan G. Frazier, we represent clients throughout Abbeville, Breaux Bridge, Crowley, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, Lafayette Parish, Arcadia Parish, Iberia Parish, St. Martin Parish, St. Landry Parish and Vermillion Parish, Louisiana.