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Rs 14:286 Sale Of Minor Children; Penalties

§286. Sale of minor children and other prohibited activities; penalties

A. Except as provided by Subsection C, 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.

B. Except as provided in Subsection C, 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.

C. Unless approved by the juvenile court pursuant to Children's Code Article 1200,

no petitioner, person acting on a petitioner's behalf, agency or attorney or other intermediary

shall make or agree to make any disbursements in connection with the adoptive placement,

surrender, or adoption of a child other than for the following:

(1) Reasonable medical expenses, including hospital, testing, nursing,

pharmaceutical, travel, or other similar expenses, incurred by the biological mother for

prenatal care, and those medical and hospital expenses incurred on behalf of the biological

mother and child incident to birth.

(2) 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.

(3) Reasonable expenses incurred by the department or the agency for adjustment

counseling and training services provided to the adoptive parents and for home studies or

investigations.

(4) Reasonable administrative expenses incurred by the department or the agency,

including overhead, court costs, travel costs, and attorney fees connected with an adoption.

In approving a reasonable fee for overhead, the court shall consider and include additional

expenses incurred by the department or the agency not specifically allocated to the adoption

before the court, including the cost of failed adoptions, where those expenses or fees

represent actual costs of the department's or agency's adoption services permitted by the

provisions of this Article.

(5) Reasonable expenses incurred for counseling services provided to a biological

parent or a child for a reasonable time before and after the child's placement for adoption.

(6) Reasonable expenses incurred in ascertaining the information required by

Children's Code Articles 1124 and 1125.

(7) Reasonable living expenses incurred by a mother for a reasonable time before the

birth of her child and for no more than forty-five days after the birth.

(8) 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.

D.(1) It shall be unlawful for any person to enter into, induce, arrange, procure,

knowingly advertise for, or otherwise assist in a gestational carrier contract, whether written

or unwritten, that is not in compliance with the requirements provided for in R.S. 9:2718 et

seq.

(2) No person who is a party to, or acting on behalf of the parties to a gestational

carrier contract shall make or agree to make any disbursements in connection with the

gestational carrier contract other than the following:

(a) Payment of actual medical expenses, including hospital, testing, nursing,

midwifery, pharmaceutical, travel, or other similar expenses, incurred by the gestational

carrier for prenatal care and those medical and hospital expenses incurred incident to birth.

(b) Payment of actual expenses incurred for mental health counseling services

provided to the gestational carrier prior to the birth and up to six months after birth.

(c) Payment of actual lost wages of the gestational carrier, not covered under a

disability insurance policy, when bed rest has been prescribed for the gestational carrier for

some maternal or fetal complication of pregnancy and the gestational carrier, who is

employed, is unable to work during the prescribed period of bed rest.

(d) Payment of actual travel costs related to the pregnancy and delivery, court costs,

and attorney fees incurred by the gestational carrier.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to enter into, induce, arrange, procure,

knowingly advertise for, or otherwise assist in an agreement for genetic gestational carrier,

with or without compensation, whether written or unwritten. For purposes of this Section,

"genetic gestational carrier" and "compensation" shall have the same meaning as defined in

R.S. 9:2718.1.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to give or offer payment of money, objects,

services, or anything of monetary value to induce any gestational carrier, whether or not she

is party to an enforceable or unenforceable agreement for genetic gestational carrier or

gestational carrier contract, to consent to an abortion as defined in R.S. 40:1061.9.

E. A person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be

punished by a fine not to exceed fifty thousand dollars or imprisonment with or without hard

labor for not more than ten years, or both.

Added by Acts 1976, No. 253, §1; Acts 1984, No. 209, §1; Acts 1986, No. 262, §1;

Acts 1987, No. 556, §1; Acts 1999, No. 1062, §1; Acts 2016, No. 494, §3.

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Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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