ACT 736 (HB 568) 2022 Regular Session Edmonds
Existing law provides for the crime of adoption deception and defines the crime as being
committed by any person who is a birth mother, or who holds herself out to be a birth
mother, who is interested in making an adoption plan and who knowingly or intentionally
benefits from payment of adoption-related expenses in connection with that adoption plan
if any of the following conditions occur:
(1) The person knows or should have known that she is not pregnant at the time the
payments were requested or received.
(2) The person accepts assistance for living expenses from a prospective adoptive parent
or adoption entity without disclosing that she is receiving such assistance from
another prospective adoptive parent or adoption entity at the same time in an effort
to adopt the same child.
New law adds the condition of when a person has the specific intent to make false
representations to induce the payment of living expenses or other benefits in connection with
a purported adoption placement.
New law does not apply to a person who agrees to an adoption plan agreement and
subsequently, in good faith, declines to proceed with the prospective adoption in favor of
parenting the child.
Effective August 1, 2022.
(Adds R.S. 14:67.5(A)(3) and (C))