Louisiana Adoption Laws, pg 6

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Regulation of Adoption Expenses

Birth Parent Expenses Allowed
Citation: Children's Code art. 1200; Rev. Stat. § 14:286


Payments made by or on behalf of the adoptive parents for reimbursement of the following expenses are permissible:
  • Reasonable medical expenses, including hospital, testing, nursing, pharmaceutical, travel, or other similar expenses, incurred by the birth mother for prenatal care and those medical expenses incurred by the birth mother and child incident to birth
  • Reasonable medical expenses, including hospital, testing, nursing, pharmaceutical, travel, or other similar expenses, and foster care expenses incurred on behalf of the child prior to the decree of adoption
  • Reasonable expenses incurred for mental health counseling services provided to a birth parent or a child for a reasonable time before and after the child's placement for adoption
  • Reasonable expenses incurred in ascertaining the information for the Statement of Family History required by Art. 1124 and 1125
  • Reasonable living expenses incurred by a mother for a reasonable time before the birth of her child and for no more than 45 days after the birth
  • Reasonable attorney fees, court costs, travel, or other expenses incurred on behalf of a parent who surrenders a child for adoption or otherwise consents to the child's adoption
  • Any other specific service or fee the court finds is reasonable and necessary


Birth Parent Expenses Not Allowed
Citation: Children's Code art. 1200

Payment for the birth mother's living expenses may not extend beyond 45 days after the birth.

If a court determines from an accounting that an amount that is going to be or has been disbursed for expenses is unreasonable, it may order a reduction in the amount to be disbursed and order the person who received the disbursement to refund that portion.

Allowable Payments for Arranging Adoption
Citation: Children's Code art. 1200; Rev. Stat. § 14:286

Except for expenses permitted by law, the payment or receipt of anything of value for the procurement, attempted procurement, or assistance in the procurement of a party to an act of voluntary surrender of a child for adoption is strictly prohibited.

Allowable Payments for Relinquishing Child
Citation: Children's Code art. 1200; Rev. Stat. § 14:286

The payment of allowable expenses may not be made contingent on the placement of a child for adoption, relinquishment of the child, or consent to the adoption.

Except for expenses permitted by law, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell or surrender a minor child to another person for money or anything of value, or to receive a minor child for such payment of money or anything of value.

Allowable Fees Charged by Department/Agency
Citation: Children's Code art. 1200; Rev. Stat. § 14:286

The payment of allowable expenses may not be made contingent on the placement of a child for adoption, relinquishment of the child, or consent to the adoption.

Except for expenses permitted by law, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell or surrender a minor child to another person for money or anything of value, or to receive a minor child for such payment of money or anything of value.

Accounting of Expenses Required by Court
Citation: Children's Code art. 1200; 1201

The petitioner shall file with the adoption petition a preliminary estimate and accounting of fees and charges. The petitioner also shall file a final Adoption Disclosure Affidavit with the court not later than 10 days prior to the date scheduled for the final hearing on the adoption. A form for the affidavit is in Ch. Code art. 1201.

The court shall not issue a final decree of adoption until it has reviewed and approved the final accounting.

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