Beacon House


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Beacon House Adoption Services has been placing children since 1989. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with additional offices in Florida and Mississippi, they work primarily in the southern United States but have helped facilitate adoptions nationwide. They do not place in New York. Beacon House does not use a waiting list, so as soon as an adoptive family is home-study and contract approved, they are eligible to place. 

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The Good

  • Adoption types
  • Process and training
  • Financial assistance
  • Fees
Adoption Types

Beacon House encourages semi-open adoptions, though they facilitate closed and open as well according to the needs and desires of the birth mother and adoptive parents. According to Beacon House, the advantages of semi-open adoptions for the child include a greater sense of identity, a connection with cultural heritage, and prevention of feeling abandoned. With closed adoptions, birth parents can avoid unwanted attention and better move forward with their lives. The agency presents the pro's and con's of each degree of openness, giving birth mothers and adoptive families a balanced perspective so they can make the best choice for their needs.

Process and Training

Beacon House has extremely flexible criteria for adoption eligibility. In general, they simply work within each state's parameters. The steps to the agency's process from start to finish are:

  1. Submitting an inquiry form. This gives prospective parents access to a more complete information packet and puts them in communication with the agency.
  2. Registering for and attending a webinar to confirm interest in Beacon House
  3. Completing an application
  4. Signing a personalized contract
  5. Completing a home study and pre-adoption education
  6. Setting up a profile for the Baton Rouge office
  7. Matching with a birth mother
  8. Completing post-match classes and following payment schedule
  9. Taking physical custody of the child post-delivery
  10. Finalizing the adoption after post-placement visit

Wait times range from 3-18 months, but most families successfully adopt within 1-2 years of beginning the process. There is variability in this wait time depending on how long it takes to match and how far along the pregnancy is. After matching, birth parents and adoptive parents generally meet face to face under agency supervision and communicate after that through letters or cards sent to the agency.

Beacon House hosts several live webinars every month, helping families understand the process, requirements, paperwork, and financing details of adopting with the agency. There is also a specific webinar about home studies and another called Adoption 101. Parent in Progress classes are also available to those who have been matched with a birth mother.

Financial Assistance

Beacon House clients get free access to their Adoption Finance Coaching System, which includes on-demand webinar trainings, templates, and personalized coaching from an experienced financial planner. The agency will also set up an online cash gift registry specifically for the adoption, where family and friends can contribute to offset adoption costs.


Beacon House lets prospective parents know exactly what to expect as far as fees go - including where there is room for variability from case to case. The application fee is always $300 and placement costs $16,500. A home study is $2,000, home study update is $1,000, and a post placement assessment is $350. These are all fees that are paid to the agency itself. In addition, families are responsible for several expenses in behalf of the birth mother, including medical care, residential expenses, legal fees, counseling, foster care, travel, and supervision, which all vary depending on the birth mother's needs. However, the agency gives a projected total of $29,075 of all fees if the birth mother needs 1 month of care and $33,075 if she needs 3 months. Though an adoptive family may pay more or less than this amount, it is helpful to have a breakdown of fees based on what families have paid in the past.

Payments are made as services are rendered. After an application is accepted, there is a contract fee of $2,500 that is non-refundable, but would roll over to another situation in the event that an adoption doesn't go through. The first half of the agency placement fee is paid at the time of match, and this is at risk if the birth mother were to change her mind. The second half of the placement fee is paid once the adoption consent is signed and is never at risk for loss. The home study fee is paid when the home study is done, birth mother expenses are paid monthly after a match with a birth mother, etc. Families can use credit cards via PayPal for some fees to free up cash for payments that can't be paid with credit.

If a birth mother decides to parent, the agency does their best to allow an adoptive family to stay as close as possible to their original budget. Such families become priority families, making them eligible for a "drop in." A drop in is a situation in which a birth mother approaches agency workers at 8-9 months pregnant and possibly even in the hospital in labor. This significantly reduces expenses for the matched family.

The Bad

  • Non-refundable contract fee

Though the agency is very upfront about all fees and expenses from the outset, they do require a non-refundable contract fee of $2,500. Additionally, half of their placement fee, paid after matching with a birth mother, is at risk if the birth mother were to choose to parent. This is in addition to the birth mother expenses the family is paying month to month. These non-refundable fees really add up and can break a budget, especially if multiple adoptions fall through for a family.

They do not support limiting the sex of a child as a criterion of adoption, which is intended to decrease wait times but may deter parents with certain preferences.

The Bottom Line

Beacon House is an especially good fit for families living in Florida, Louisiana, or Mississippi who are new to the adoption process and value frequent and clear communication with agency workers. There is a little bit of risk with some of the fees required, but all risks are calculated upfront and the agency redoubles their efforts to assist families in case of a disappointing situation - not uncommon in infant adoption.

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    August 8th, 2016 Medina, OH

    I am an attorney that has worked with Beacon House for many years. Beacon House originally came to my attention as the Agency to fix problems that had been generated with a group of international adoptions. The Agency and its Director Anne performed above any expectations and completed the adoptions that had become bogged down. I was understandably impressed. The Agency that I work with then began to receive contact with Beacon House on domestic adoptions. Once again Beacon House performed it's responsibilities to the best possible extent. Adoptions are naturally subjected to many influences that can affect the outcome but it is the process that requires a human touch given all of the sensitivities. I continued to be impressed by their efforts and yet compassion for the birth parents going through difficult times. Adoptions must be voluntary and with knowledge. Beacon House never lost sight of their responsibility to all of those involved and ultimately the best interests of the child.

  • 10

    August 8th, 2016 Redmond, WA

    We are a French gay couple, but live in the United States. We are finalizing, our newborn son ‘s domestic adoption, with Beacon House. Our process, which started 6 months ago when we have been matched, went very quickly and smoothly; and was undertaken as it should be. The communication has always been regular, honest and positive. Anne, who has been our interlocutor since the beginning, always knew how to play her interface role with skill and efficiency. We warmly recommend Beacon House.

  • 10

    August 6th, 2016 Thibodaux, LA

    As an attorney, I have worked with several adoption agencies and, hands down, the team at Beacon House provides superior service and care to those seeking to adopt, as well as, surrendering mothers. It is with personal experience that I can say Beacon House carefully guides all those involved through the adoption process. I have witnessed the extent to which surrendering mothers are cared for, and I have been involved with Beacon House long enough to know the numerous friendships developed on all sides, which is something that I can not say about most agencies.

  • 9

    June 22nd, 2016 Kingsland, GA

    After struggling with unexplained infertility, God had a plan that was far grander than anything my husband and I could have ever asked for. Both of our adoption experiences through Beacon House were nothing short of amazing. The staff took wonderful care of our birth mom all the way through the process, while also remaining in constant contact with us. The adoption process can be confusing and emotional, but the staff (Ms. Alise, we love you!) understands the journeys a birthmother and an adoptive family take. They walked us through the process never missing a step. We were treated as family from our initial meeting through to the blessings of being matched with both our daughter and son (biological brother and sister). We love and cherish our two blessings more than words can ever express. We will always be grateful for the gift of family that Beacon House and our precious birth mother gave to us!! Thank you Beacon House, The Castello Family

  • 0

    May 31st, 2016 Albuquerque, NM

    On Friday we received an email from the agency suspending our contract because of the review I wrote on here. I stand by my review. They claim that, "Your accusations and public statements have been less than truthful "If you ask questions about what YOUR money is going for they have the right to terminate your contract" - that is a patently untrue statement and not at all what our contract says. We itemize our accountings in order to provide that exact information to adoptive parents. Every member of the staff has treated you with respect during your entire process, and what you did was unreasonable. Now keep in mind they have 180 days to get their accounting in order prior to having to send the itemized to you. What you do get at match is this Total $38,550.00 Contract fee already paid (2,500.00) Total $36,050.00 Sept $14,500.00 Oct 3,000.00 Nov 3,000.00 Dec 3,000.00 Jan 12,550.00 Now how are we suppose to know what we are paying for? Here is what a section of the addendum states---word for word that we did NOT sign. We have added Section 2.3 A(3), which makes it incumbent upon you, as adoptive parents to advise us if you have any objections to any line item on the estimate of costs at the time of match with a birth mother. Since Beacon House estimates include any legally permitted costs, expenses and /or fees for each placement, it is imperative that we know if you have objections to payment of a specified item, for whatever your reason. Failure to advise us of any objection at the time the estimate is received will result in the forfeiture of that right later, after placement or disruption. Further, since we do pay legally permitted costs, expenses and fees, the agency has the RIGHT TO TERMINATE YOUR CONTRACT WITH US IN THE EVENT THAT YOU EXPRESS OBJECTIONS TO CERTAIN LINE ITEMS. Now that you can see what we have seen you can make your own informed decision. This review is not because we had a disrupted placement. We planned on making this review no matter of our outcome. We totally understand a woman's rights to parent and would NEVER object to her choice. Our issue has been with the way WE have been treated. In the email it states that they were constantly updating us on the situation following the disruption...okay baby was born Dec 20th ..we were not notified of this until Dec 23rd..after I sent several text and emails. That was the only conversation we had with the agency until 1/4/16 and once again I contacted them to find out what was going on. We received 4 more emails in Jan---I initiated all of them. In Feb the sent us an email about financials which we needed for taxes. Do your own research, but pick an agency that if you do have a disruption that the money you paid minus mothers expenses gets rolled into another match. Make sure before you sign you have that in writing. We made that mistake because they word it as any unused funds in escrow account. Be careful. We are not out to hurt anyone...we just want potential adoptive parents to be aware of what we went through because it is overwhelming and emotions are high. Good luck