Licensing requirements for adopting a child in Louisiana

Opening your home to a Louisiana child who does not have one can change that child’s entire life, and it can also potentially give you the family you always dreamed of having. At Southern Oaks Law Firm, we have considerable experience assisting clients who want to bring adopted children into their families, and we are extremely well-versed in how the adoption process works in the state.

According to AdoptUSKids, if you live in Louisiana and are looking to adopt, or conversely, become a foster parent for a child without a home, you will first need to demonstrate how you meet all of the state’s licensing requirements for adopting or fostering a child. Just what might those licensing requirements be?

Before the state will consider allowing you to become an adoptive parent, you will need to demonstrate that you do not have more than five children under the age of 18 living in your home. Also, you will need to furnish proof that you have an appropriate bedroom space for that child, which means that the child would need to have either his or her own bedroom or a bedroom that he or she shares with another child of the same sex.

Furthermore, you will need to show that you are physically capable of caring for an adoptive child and that you are free of any communicable diseases. You will also need to produce a doctor’s note attesting to your physical condition. Additionally, you will need to participate in a home visit with a home development worker who will check to see that you have a smoke detector and fire extinguisher and that your home is otherwise a safe environment for a child to live in. You can find more about what it takes to adopt a child in Louisiana by exploring our webpage.