Private Adoption involves a child, frequently a newborn, that is being placed for adoption by his or her biological parents into the care of non-relatives. This type of adoption often
involves working with the expectant mother during her pregnancy.
"Dear Adopted Family, it was devastating when I found out I was pregnant, but I stayed on my knees and asked the Lord for strength to get through
the next six months. The end result, He blessed me with Mrs. Terri, you and most beautiful of all, a baby to become the love of your lives."
If you are interested in opening a file as a prospective adoptive couple/client there are several things you must do:
1. Please print out the:
or call our office
Toll Free at 1-800-286-6046 or 1-318-387-8811 or 225-448-5883
to have an application mailed to you.
2. Mail the completed application, along with a recent snapshot of your family, a homestudy (if available), and a check in the amount of $1,500.00**,
which represents the opening of your file to:
West Monroe Office:
Terri H. Odom, Attorney at Law
500 North 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Baton Rouge Office:
Emily M. Debnam, Attorney at Law
1055 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
METHODS OF PAYMENT: You may also pay your application fee using the LawPay credit card service or wiring the fee as indicated on
our "Make a Payment" page. Click here: Pay Application Fee
3. Upon our receipt of the above items, we will call to schedule your appointment with Mrs. Terri or Ms. Emily. In your initial meeting, one of the
attorneys will discuss the adoption process, our services, your couple profile, opportunities to be a Featured Couple on this website, and advertising.
4. After your initial meeting, you may call our office at any time to discuss the completion of your couple profile or advertising.
Thank you for your interest in this wonderful process, and we look forward to talking with you in the future!
This is always the #1 question for adoptive families! We know that all adoptive parents are
so anxious to grow their family. Our office will work with you to help locate a child. The time frame is often determined by the sex or race of the child.
Fees in adoption vary, depending on the needs of the birthmother and the legal requirements
of the state where the adoption will be finalized. We will provide you with a retainer agreement when a birthmother is matched with you, and the retainer agreement will set forth a detailed estimate
of all fees and expenses anticipated. In Louisiana, there may be living expenses, medical expenses, attorney fees, counseling fees, administrative fees and court costs.
To be placed on Mrs. Terri's adoptive parent registry, you will need to complete the
application on this website and include the $1,500.00 application fee for the one hour informational meeting and other assistance that fee includes. See more: I Want to Adopt
In other cases, if you contact The Law Offices of Terri Odom for a consultation for either
a private adoption where you already have met your birth mother, or if you contact Mrs. Odom or Ms. Debnam for consultation on an Intra-family adoption or adult adoption, you will pay a $250.00
consultation fee prior to the meeting, which amount will be credited to you upon your retaining The Law Offices of Terri
Odom at that meeting.
Every state has its own law regarding the time which an adoption can be finalized. In
Louisiana, a private adoption is finalized after one year, unless the birth mother surrenders to an agency. Louisiana agencies can finalize an adoption in six months. Our office can help you in
**This fee includes an hour-long informational in-person
meeting or teleconference with Mrs. Terri or Ms. Emily, includes follow-up and efforts in meeting with and gathering information from birthmothers, includes guidance and direction in preparing
adoptive couple/client profile books, includes being featured on our website, and assistance in advertising, as needed.
Material presented on the Center for Adoption website is intended for
information purposes only.
It is not intended as professional advice and should not be construed