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 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.
Describe the benefits of working with St. Elizabeth.
Well, working with St. Elizabeth's gives you a real sense of everything's going to be taken care of properly. You don't have that queasy feeling of what if something goes wrong or something's not handled correctly. I never felt that.
And I'm amazed at how blessed we were working through St. Elizabeth's because you tell your story to people you come in contact with and you hear stories about people that had to go to China or to South America or wherever to adopt and for whatever reason we were blessed just to be able to do it here locally. Our oldest was born here in town and we were actually there for the birth. Our youngest was born in Hammond and we didn't quite make the birth, but we were there 30 minutes later.
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