About Us

Since our opening in 1988, we have placed over 600 babies! Our placement rate is almost double the average rate for other Louisiana adoption agencies. We attribute our exceptional record with the attentiveness and superior service we provide our birthmothers and adoptive parents.

The Foundation is small and family-like. Our Louisiana adoption specialists are easygoing, honest, and available when you need us. We are proud to provide adoption services in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, and throughout Louisiana.

The St. Elizabeth Foundation is a small, family-like organization specializing in adoptions in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans and across Louisiana. We pride ourselves on offering an unparalleled level of support for both our birth mothers and adoptive parents.

quotes from board members, staff, & adoptive parents

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You can expect that we will always be there for you. We are always available, 24/7. Whenever you need to call us, whenever you need to contact us, we are always there for you -- to answer your questions, to give you support, to help you go through this process.

Kristin Aucoin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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As a birth mom, you can expect to go through a complete grieving process. You'll be indecisive, you'll be scared. You'll cry. You'll change your mind. And then you'll come back to a feeling of pride that you can do it; and the knowledge that, in making a placement plan for your child, you are being a good mother. And because you have opted to make a placement plan for this child, you can also have a beautiful future for yourself.

Carolyn Morris

Administrative Assistant

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Do you think there’s a stigma around adoption?

It seems like adoption doesn't carry the stigma it might have 20, 30, 40 years ago. I have two adoptive daughters. I was surprised. It seems like the majority of the people I talk to know somebody or one of their relatives is connected to the adoptive process somehow. Adoption is much more prevalent than I ever would have imagined.

Bill Avery

Adoptive Father

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What was the defining moment when you adopted your child?

The defining moment was when they placed Christina [our daughter] in our arms. And you just know that this baby was meant for you. And it’s just divine intervention that this is how your family is going to be made, with this baby that you’ve just held for the first time that was born just hours before.

Emily Distefano

Board Member

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It's very difficult sometimes for couples who are unable to conceive a child biologically to come to the decision that adoption is a way to build a family. And a lot of couples will say "Am I going to be able to love this child?" Well, any couple that you talk to that has built a family through adoption, the minute they see that baby they wondered "Why was I so foolish to ask that?"

Lillie Petit Gallagher

Director Emerita