About Us

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

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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.

Kristin Aucoin

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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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.

Carolyn Morris

Administrative Assistant

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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.

Bill Avery

Adoptive Father

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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.

Emily Distefano

Board Member

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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

Director Emerita