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Information and Resources for Women About Adoption

General information and resources for women about adoption from the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.

Louisiana's Safe Haven Law- Giving Care of Your Newborn to the State

Parents have a safe and legal way to give the care of their newborn to the state, without fear of criminal prosecution. The parent can seek to reclaim parental rights within 30 days by contacting the local DCFS office.

How do I become a foster parent?

Information and resources about being a foster parent, about children who need foster homes, certification and support resources.

Louisiana Foster Children in Need of Forever Homes

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is a fostering agency. In some cases, children in foster care need permanent placement in adoptive homes.

Agenda for Children

Agenda for Children has served as Louisiana’s statewide child advocacy organization, as well as our region’s leading support organization for early childhood education (children ages 0-8). We work to inform public conversations on children, advocate for better policies that impact children and families, increase access to high quality early care and education, improve the quality of those experiences, and connect people to community resources. Specifically, our work improves child well-being by empowering the adults who have the greatest impact on children’s lives.

Child Custody and Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

When there is an open juvenile court case, a parent or guardian should know that the district court judge deciding a divorce or custody case may have limited power to make orders relating to the child who is subject to the juvenile court case. As this article explains, the juvenile court judge will still have the power to make orders relating to custody in certain kinds of cases.

Representing Yourself in Court: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.

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