The Adoption Process

It’s normal to come to the adoption process with doubts or fear of the unknown.

You can rest assured that we’ll be there to guide you each step of the way.

The first step in fulfilling your dream of parenthood is to meet the basic qualification criteria and complete a formal application. It takes only a few weeks to process your application and begin the home study process. Call us at (225) 769-8888 to learn more.

quotes from board members, staff, & adoptive parents

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St. Elizabeth guided us through a step by step process. The social worker came to our house and did the profile workup. We put together the binder, giving some background about our interests and our marriage so the birth mother could look at these different profiles and see what might be a good fit for her baby.

You’re contacted when a birth mother has chosen your file and asked if you are interested. Of course! And then the big day comes. And life is never the same again. It’s more wonderful than before.

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

quotes from board members

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Sometimes it’s what you don’t know that is the frightening part. And of course, adopting couples come with so many misgivings at times. Not about the adoption, but about the process. And what we do is to help them understand that process and let that process be so natural that they’re not fearful of it. Prior to the actual adopting of the child, there are many meetings and individual meetings with the social worker and groups so they can express their reservations or their lack of understanding...

And so, there’s comfort here. There’s knowledge here. And there’s understanding that they can pick up the telephone and call and get answers. In today’s adoption community and climate there’s a lot of back and forth between birth parents and the adopting couple which tends to mitigate a lot of the perceived fears when they don’t know what’s going to happen. I think that it’s that little bit of lagniappe that the staff is always available. That there’s a lot of interaction, that adopting couples and birth parents can both be put at ease in their individual needs.

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