Birth Parent’s Bill of Rights

Expectant parents considering placing a child for adoption have the right to:

  • Choose the parents who may adopt your child, know their names, religion, etc., and even meet them if you would like.
  • Review the adoptive parents’ family profile.
  • Make a written open adoption agreement which allows you to share pictures and letters (and possibly allow you to see and talk to the child) after the adoption. (This is a moral agreement and cannot be enforced under current Louisiana law.)
  • Name your child on his or her first (original) birth certificate. (The name can be changed by the adoptive parents on the second (revised) birth certificate issued after the adoption is finalized.)
  • Make a choice for counseling.
  • Receive financial help with certain reasonable pregnancy-related expenses.
  • See or not see your child before you place him or her for adoption.
  • Change your mind about adoption at any time before completing a consent or surrender for adoption.
  • Receive a copy of the surrender form and any other forms signed.