When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, knowing which path to take can be difficult. If you are considering placing your baby for adoption, St. Elizabeth Foundation can provide guidance and care as you come to your decision. Explore the three adoption options in Louisiana available through our agency—open, semi-open, and closed adoptions. We ensure you have the resources you need to find which type of adoption is the right choice for you.
Option 1: Stay In Close Contact With Your Baby
There are many reasons why a mother may choose to place her baby for adoption. These can include financial difficulties, personal challenges, or the desire to provide her baby with better opportunities. If she chooses adoption but wants to maintain a close relationship with her baby, she may choose an open adoption.
A birth mother starts by reviewing profiles of potential adoptive families. Then, she can choose the one she feels will be the best fit for her child. This is a great way to get to know more about the family. Once her baby is placed, she can stay in contact and build a relationship with her baby and the adoptive family. This type of adoption can be especially beneficial for the baby, too.
A birth mother may have regular in-person visits with her baby. She can also stay in touch through email or letter exchanges, and sharing updates and photos. While our staff can still help mediate communication, the birth mother and the adoptive family can initiate this directly.
Option 2: Limit Communication and Interactions
Are there adoption options in Louisiana for mothers to stay in touch with their babies while still maintaining a sense of privacy? Yes! Our staff can mediate a semi-open adoption.
A birth mother can stay connected by sending letters, photos, and emails or during in-person visits. She has the power to set personal boundaries while still having the opportunity to build a relationship with her baby.
During the placement process, a birth mother will view profiles of adoptive families. Then, she may communicate with them directly through emails or visits to learn more about them. Once she chooses the adoptive family, our staff will take care of the placement and mediate semi-open contact.
Option 3: Maintain Full Confidentiality
In some cases, a mother may not wish to stay in touch once the process is complete. One of the adoption options that we can facilitate in Louisiana is a closed adoption.
Like open and semi-open adoptions, a birth mother has full control over the decisions for her adoption process. She will determine her birth plan and choose the family she deems fit to match with her baby. But unlike our other types of adoption, closed adoptions maintain full privacy for the birth mother.
We will not share her name, picture, or other identifying information with the adopting parents. She can rest assured that she will stay confidential throughout the entire process.
A member of the St. Elizabeth staff will be present for the birth of the baby and mediate the placement with the adoptive family. Once the baby is placed, there is no communication between the birth mother and her baby or the adoptive family.
Discover Your Adoption Options in Louisiana Through St. Elizabeth Foundation
You don’t have to search for potential adoption options in Louisiana alone! Birth mothers can receive support and guidance from the caring staff at St. Elizabeth Foundation. We provide counseling services, placement options, financial assistance, and a shoulder to lean on. Let us help you throughout your adoption journey. You can reach out to us at 225-769-8888. You can also send us a message to learn how we can help.
When you choose adoption, we empower you with the knowledge of all options available to you in Louisiana. Get in touch with us today to find the best plan for you and your baby.