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Can I adopt or do foster care?

If you want to adopt or foster a child in Louisiana, there are several things to consider. Certain qualifications need to be met and activities agreed to before the state will approve your application. AdoptUSKids.org details the specific guidelines for taking over care of a child in this state.

 

One of the first things that will be considered is your home environment. Social workers want to be sure that a child who joins your household will be comfortable and cared for. Officials may check for a fire extinguisher and working smoke detectors, safety hazards and adequate space. Foster and adoptive children will be allowed to share a room with someone of the same sex as long as that person is not over 18 years old.

 

While you do not have to be rich, your income and expenses will be evaluated to insure that you will be able to meet the financial demands that a new child will bring. Your health will be considered as well since caring for a child can be physically and emotionally demanding.

 

Your marital status does not matter and you can be approved even if you are single, but there cannot be any adults in your home who have been convicted of select crimes. You also must prove that you do not have a valid child protection case.

 

Residents of Louisiana can adopt a child born in any part of the country. While it is free to foster, adoptions can also be obtained for a small amount if you go through the state. This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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