New adoption law hopefully beneficial

The American Press

Family holding hands – stockStock image

<p class="p1">A new Louisiana adoption law will hopefully bring a better process to help prospective parents avoid the pitfalls of the old system.

<p class="p3">The new law limits adoption costs to $7,500, details of the type of paperwork necessary, and makes lying about the pre-natal expenses punishable by up to $50,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

<p class="p3">Pro-life advocates pushed the new law as part of a package to make adoption an easier alternative to abortion.

<p class="p3">“Existing law was ambiguous,” said Republican state Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge pastor and former  executive with Louisiana Family Forum, a conservation faith-based group that lobbies on social issues.

<p class="p3">“I call it the ‘Protection of Adoption’ Act. It provides a framework so that adoption is not so confusing,” Edmonds told the Advocate.

<p class="p3">The new law changes the word “reasonable” to “actual” when listing the types of expenses an expectant mother can expect the prospective parents to pay.

<p class="p3">Besides the medical costs and legal fees the expectant mother can expect the adoptive parents to pay, the new law adds such items as temporary housing, maternity clothes and personal hygiene products.

<p class="p3">The new law also excludes living expenses such as vehicles and leisure activities.

<p class="p3">“Now you have a list of specific expenses, specific costs. The Children’s Code absorbs it all and the lawyers and the agencies and others who work on adoptions — and the prospective parents — know precisely what is required and how much it should cost,” Edmonds said.

<p class="p3">Proponents had a gathering in Memorial Hall to celebrate a second adoption bill in the package advocated by pro-life groups, including Louisiana Family Forum, the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Louisiana Right to Life.

<p class="p3">The “Adoption Option Act” aims at publishing a website that would provide expectant mothers and parents who want to adopt with an exhaustive list of the government agencies and private organization.

<p class="p3">Promoting adoption and making adoption a more attractive option is commendable and in keeping with Louisiana values on life.

{{tncms-inline content="&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;This editorial was written by a member of the &amp;lt;em&amp;gt;American Press&amp;lt;/em&amp;gt; Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include &amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;Crystal Stevenson, John Guidroz&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;, &amp;lt;strong&amp;gt;Mike Jones &amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;and&amp;lt;strong&amp;gt; Jim Beam&amp;lt;/strong&amp;gt;. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;" id="c3ced948-7490-4834-b2de-28a7106496cc" style-type="info" title="EDITORIAL BOARD" type="relcontent"}}

This editorial was written by a member of the <em>American Press</em> Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include <strong>Crystal Stevenson, John Guidroz</strong>, <strong>Mike Jones </strong>and<strong> Jim Beam</strong>. 

Local News

UN Security Council adopts motion urging Hamas to accept Israeli hostage-truce offer

Local News

Unrestrained driver killed in two-vehicle crash

Crime

Prosecutor says ‘no one is above the law’ as he urges jurors to convict Hunter Biden in gun case

Local News

Credit card delinquencies are rising. Here’s what to do if you’re at risk

Local News

Texas county removed 17 books from its libraries. An appeals court says eight must be returned.

life

On Campus: SW La. students recognized for achievements

Local News

Is Tornado Alley shifting eastward? La. residents say it is

Local News

Weeklong heat wave loosens grip slightly on US Southwest but forecasters still urge caution

Local News

Impact of carbon capture project on Chicot Aquifer questioned

Business

Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Business

Aypa Power plans $440M solar farm in rural section of Jeff Davis, Calcasieu parishes

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column: Elections major session issue

Local News

Israel bombs UN-run school in Gaza, a day after strike on school killed 33

Crime

Hunter Biden’s daughter Naomi testifies about her father

Local News

PHOTO GALLERY: Calcasieu Kennel Club Dog Show

Local News

Police Jury considering I-10 beautification project

Crime

6/7: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

life

New restaurant summer kick-off event to feature music, games

life

Coushatta Pow Wow: Annual Kinder event offers chance to experience Native American culture

life

Lake Charles Community Band concert to present tribute to Grammy winners

Local News

Port Wonder Progress: Target date for opening is mid-September

life

Fort Johnson security guard helps save neighbor’s home

Business

‘Streamlined, flexible, transparent’ ITEP process is in the works

Crime

Widow of Beau Biden tells jurors in Hunter Biden’s gun trial that she threw firearm in a trash can