Adoption Lawyer in Covington, Louisiana

Experienced Adoption Attorneys

Adopting is an important decision that you and your loved one must make sometimes. There are many reasons why adoption comes up:

>Your daughter, granddaughter, sister, or niece is not caring for her child or herself and is willing to allow you to adopt. Before the State takes the child and puts it up for adoption to strangers, contact an attorney.

> You and your spouse are raising your child from a previous marriage or relationship. Your child’s other biological parent is deceased, hasn’t seen your child, or hasn’t paid support.

> You have tried to have children unsuccessfully, and this fortuitous event has fallen into your life. You have learned there’s a baby available.

> You made a mistake and are now pregnant. You don’t believe that termination is an option for you and raising this baby is not what’s best for your future, so you decide to put the child up for adoption.

> Your daughter, granddaughter, sister, or niece has passed away and you want to provide the home their child needs.

When the decision is made, and adoption is your final option, then you will need an attorney with experience in Family Law and Adoption in Louisiana. At Ellen Cronin Badeaux, we have experienced Covington-based adoption lawyers who will guide you through the entire adoption proceedings. Fill out our form or give us a call for a consultation with our adoption attorneys.

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There Are Three Kinds of Adoption in Louisiana: Private, Agency, and Intra-Family.

 

Private Adoption 

In a private adoption, the adoptive parents and the birth parents can negotiate the terms of the adoption. Additionally, the biological parents can choose, approve, or disapprove of the prospective adoptive parents through adoption lawyers. The adoptive parents can pay living expenses, medical expenses, transportation expenses, legal expenses, and counseling for the surrendering parents.

Closeup of parents signing adoption papers with a social worker

Agency Adoption

There are two kinds of agency adoptions. The first kind is when a child is surrendered to a private adoption agency. The biological parents then have no say in the negotiation for the terms of the adoption and can not choose, approve, or disapprove of the adoptive parents; the agency makes all of those decisions.

The second kind of agency adoption is when a child has been taken by the State from the biological parents. Again, the biological parents then have no say in the negotiation for the terms of the adoption and can not choose, approve, or disapprove of the adoptive parents; the State makes all of those decisions.

Adoption lawyer talks with parents

Intra Family Adoption

Intra-family adoptions are adoptions between family members. This type of adoption can be less strict since they are between family members. For instance:
Home study may be waived by the Judge.
Formal Surrender can be replaced by an executed Acknowledged Act.
Counseling requirements for biological parents can be waived.

The adoptive parents and the biological parents can negotiate the terms of the adoption. The adoptive parents can pay living expenses, medical expenses, transportation expenses, legal fees, and counseling for the surrendering parents.

Adoption lawyer talks with parents

Experienced Covington Adoption Lawyers from Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC

When individuals in Louisiana are considering adoption, they turn to The Law Offices Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC. With more than 30 years of experience in Family Law, our adoption lawyers provide the strength clients need during this decision.

Contact us at (985)-892-1955 and talk with our adoption attorneys in Covington, Louisiana.

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"I would like to thank your firm for everything you’ve done to help me keep 50/50 custody of my son. I came to you on very short notice but you knew exactly how to handle my case and I couldn’t be happier. I’m sure I will be working with you again in the future."
Ryan
"After retaining two lawyers who made no progress, I retained Ellen Cronin Badeaux. Yesterday was our first hearing together and it was a major success. Ellen was professional, diligent, and a fighter...I am very glad I found her and will refer her to others without a doubt."
Lyndsey
"Ms. Badeaux has been an excellent family attorney for us. Her time and personal commitment have allowed us to make informed decisions. We have had to trust her with very delicate and emotional issues and she has guided us to excellent outcomes. I will always appreciate the exceptional service she provides our family with. I have always liked the statement, "you get what you pay for"; and Mrs. Badeaux has been well worth it."
Patricia
"Extremely knowledgeable and aggressive attorney. She has been our attorney for nearly 10 years. I highly recommend her for any family court matters."
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"Hey Ellen, I truly appreciate you sitting through today’s hearing. I know that you didn’t have to and it meant more than you’ll ever know. Thank you. I don’t have very much money anymore but I am going to do everything I can to get this bill paid so that I can have representation. Thank you once again for me being such an incredible woman. It’s rare and noted. Have an amazing night and a Happy Valentines Day. Thank you. YG"
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