St. Elizabeth Foundation is a Baton Rouge adoption agency that provides confidential, comprehensive counseling services to those facing an unplanned pregnancy in Louisiana. We also provide medical care, counseling, and continuing education for our birthparents and adoptive parents.
St. Elizabeth Foundation has been open since 1988. We are licensed by the State of Louisiana Adoption Laws & Procedures. We offer adoption services in New Orleans, Lafayette, Baton Rouge and across Louisiana. We tailor the adoption process to the wishes of the birthparent, not the adopting parents.
At St. Elizabeth Foundation, we mainly do variations of what are called open adoptions. In an open adoption, it is the birthparent who is able to choose the adopting parents and choose the relationship and/or desired frequency and method of future communication with the adoptive parents and the child.
We also serve those seeking to build a family through adoption, guiding them through our step-by-step process.
If any of our experienced adoption staff can be of assistance to you, please contact us. We are happy to answer your questions. If you are looking to create the best future for yourself and baby or are looking to build a family through adoption, adoption is a wonderful option.
We recognize that adoption is a lifelong process, so we make a commitment to you that we will always be available for you, for your child, and for the adoptive parents, even years after the adoption is complete
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.
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.
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.
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