Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 40, § 1061.17.1. Development of AdoptionOption.La.Gov website;  task force

The legislature hereby establishes a task force within the Louisiana Department of Health to advise the secretary of the department concerning the preparation of the printed and internet materials provided for in R.S. 40:1061.17(C)(1)(e) and (D) , and to develop public education initiatives to publicize the information in a manner consistent with state law.  The task force shall be composed of the following members:

(1) Not more than two licensed clinical social workers licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners, each of whom shall have experience in assisting birth mothers in navigating the adoption process, appointed by the governor.

(2) Not more than two Louisiana residents who provide pre-abortion or post-abortion counseling in association with a nonprofit organization that does not counsel for or provide abortion, appointed by the governor.

(3) Not more than two attorneys licensed in Louisiana and employed by nonprofit organizations who specialize in advocacy for women at risk of being coerced into abortion, or who specialize in navigating the adoption process, appointed by the governor.

(4) Not more than two Louisiana residents who are employed by public or private nonprofit adoption agencies, appointed by the governor.

(5) Not more than two executive directors of Louisiana nonprofit organizations that promote adoption as an alternative to abortion, or their designees.

(6) Two members of the Senate appointed by the president.

(7) Two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker.

(8) The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health or his designee, who shall serve as a co-chairperson of the task force.

(9) The secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services or his designee, who shall serve as a co-chairperson of the task force.


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