Adoption of Meaux – Case Brief Summary (Louisiana)

In Adoption of Meaux, 417 So.2d 522 (La.App.1982), an unmarried man and woman who were the natural parents of the child sought to adopt the child.

The trial court had rejected their petition, finding "(father) and (mother), both single individuals petitioning jointly, are not persons who may petition for adoption" under the applicable statute.

That statute provided that "a single person eighteen years or older, or a married couple jointly, may petition to adopt a child." The Louisiana Court of Appeals, in affirming the trial court, stated that under the plain language of the statute, the mother and father were not a "single person" nor were they a married couple. Id. at 523.