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
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.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
As they go through the process, they go through all the stages of grief, and it is absolutely amazing to see them come out the other side -- stronger, more sure of themselves, relaxed, and at peace with their decision. And it's sometimes just absolutely phenomenal to see what they do with their lives -- which the really couldn't have done, had they kept that child and had to deal with that child on a day-to-day basis.
St. Elizabeth guided us through a step by step process. The social worker came to our house and did the profile workup. We put together the binder, giving some background about our interests and our marriage so the birth mother could look at these different profiles and see what might be a good fit for her baby.
You’re contacted when a birth mother has chosen your file and asked if you are interested. Of course! And then the big day comes. And life is never the same again. It’s more wonderful than before.
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.
Sometimes it’s what you don’t know that is the frightening part. And of course, adopting couples come with so many misgivings at times. Not about the adoption, but about the process. And what we do is to help them understand that process and let that process be so natural that they’re not fearful of it. Prior to the actual adopting of the child, there are many meetings and individual meetings with the social worker and groups so they can express their reservations or their lack of understanding...
And so, there’s comfort here. There’s knowledge here. And there’s understanding that they can pick up the telephone and call and get answers. In today’s adoption community and climate there’s a lot of back and forth between birth parents and the adopting couple which tends to mitigate a lot of the perceived fears when they don’t know what’s going to happen. I think that it’s that little bit of lagniappe that the staff is always available. That there’s a lot of interaction, that adopting couples and birth parents can both be put at ease in their individual needs.
Lillie Petit Gallagher