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My husband and I have just went through a failed adoption. After paying the birth mom and attorney, Michael Theriot, for 8 months, we believe the baby was given to the “highest bidder”. Has anyone else had any experience working with Michael Theriot in Baton Rouge, LA? Thank you so much for any information.


We did NOT use an attorney but when we adopted our baby daughter we used an agency in Baton Rouge.  We had our agency in CA but wanted to make sure we had all bases covered so went through an agency in LA also.  There are different laws/guidelines for agencies and attorney’s.

Posted by Special K on May 08, 2017 at 3:21am
Posted by Special K on May 08, 2017 at 3:21am

Sorry for the duplicate response… my send button got stuck.

Posted by Special K on May 08, 2017 at 3:21am

I am so sorry for your failed adoption. We did not go through him but what makes you think the baby was given to the highest bidder?

Posted by KChiarilli on May 08, 2017 at 12:36pm

I am sorry for your loss but a failed adoption happens after legalization. You never adopted the child so the adoption didn’t fail. It was a failed placement.

Posted by Regina on May 08, 2017 at 1:18pm

There is a lot of information about Michael Theriot on the internet about his mistreatment of expectant mothers and after placement the birthmoms- like failure to give them the money from prospective AP, failrure to follow through on post placement contact arrangements, sketchy financial issues, questionable practices overall, dating back to the ‘90s. I would talk to the AG and see if you have a case.  It sounds like he needs to be stopped.

Posted by Kate on May 08, 2017 at 1:29pm

Thank you all for your input and comments. He is refusing to give us any expense statements with a breakdown of our finances. Also, our social worker received a phone call from the birth father and he stated that he was trying to sign paperwork with Michael Theriot for the couple that was adopting the baby, David and Sonya. The social worker told him that wasn’t our names and asked who they were. He hesitated and then hung up and we have been able to reach him since.
Kate, do you know anyone particularly who has worked with him? We have already filed several complaints with authorities to try and get an investigation completed.

Posted by adoptioninfo411 on May 09, 2017 at 1:55am

We also have text messages and voicemails from the birth mom saying that if we didn’t pay her more money than what was originally agreed upon, she would give the baby to another couple who would pay more.

Posted by adoptioninfo411 on May 09, 2017 at 1:57am

If you just google Michale Theriot adoption you will get many articles.  It sounds like her skirts the rules, and sometimes crosses them

Posted by Kate on May 09, 2017 at 2:33am

Yes we have googled him to death lol!!! We are just trying to reach out and try and find some people who have worked with him so we have some more to add to our story for when we pursue anything.

Posted by adoptioninfo411 on May 09, 2017 at 2:39am

I’m not sure what legal avenues you would have to pursue. From your OP, which of course doesn’t have details but that’s all I have to go on, it sounds as if you paid money with the expectation of receiving a baby in return, and didn’t receive a baby, and now you feel cheated.
You believe that people who paid more than you did received the baby.
The problem as I see it is that legally 1) the eparents have no obligation to place with you, regardless of how much money you spent, and 2) if you try to make a case that the child went to someone who paid more you are admitting that you were expecting a child in return for your money, which is legally child trafficking.
It’s a cautionary tale—don’t pay anyone with the expectation of getting a baby. If you go down that road, there will always be someone with more money.

Posted by Maryam on May 09, 2017 at 6:13am

Maryam, Louisiana allows for the support of birth mothers who intend to place her child for adoption. That support includes reasonable payment for things like medical expenses, living expenses and legal/counseling expenses. What is not allowed is the misappropriation of money through the misrepresentation of the birth mother’s intentions. The “expectation” is set BY THE BIRTH MOTHER when she solicits an agency/attorney, is presented with prospective adoptive families AND agrees to be “matched” with one of them and in return receives “legally” allowable expenses. I realize there are limited details in the OP, but it would be nice if we supported families who want to adopt instead of treating their alleged victimization as the commission of a crime.

Posted by ClarkeM on May 13, 2017 at 11:44pm

This is what one Sheriff in Louisiana said, “In the case that a mother decides to keep her child, she has to pay the adopting family back all of the money that was provided to her for the adoption.”

Posted by ClarkeM on May 13, 2017 at 11:52pm

Here is more from the Bossier Parish incident and another example in Louisiana:

“However, in March she signed a pre-surrender agreement with the adoption agency, showing her intent to have the child and give it up for adoption.”

“Hill called and texted the family on multiple occasions, threatening to give the baby to another family if they did not pay her more money,” the news release said.

“She allegedly said that she had no intentions of putting the baby up for adoption.”

Posted by ClarkeM on May 13, 2017 at 11:54pm

I would like to speak with you privately. I have concerns and eod like to know more detailed information, do you have another way I can contact you?

Posted by Upsetandhurt on Jun 03, 2017 at 4:22am

My husband and I have just went through a failed adoption. After paying the birth mom and attorney, Michael Theriot, for 8 months, we believe the baby was given to the “highest bidder”.

Wow, did you expect to get yourselves a kid for yourselves

Posted by Maryam on Jun 03, 2017 at 8:16pm

I don’t see how he can legally keep your money without giving you a breakdown of the expenses.  I would suggest talking to another attorney (not necessarily an adoption attorney, but probably someone who deals more with contracts and other financial relationships).  At this point, the adoption is an issue of emotional hurt; while he may have crossed legal lines, you probably don’t have the information to prove or even really determine that.  However, you do have a contract with him, and it sounds like he may have violated that contract (generally people don’t refuse to give you a breakdown of expenses unless they have somehow misappropriated those funds).  A lawyer can force him to either provide proof that the money you paid was used in a legal way or return those funds.

Posted by Ruth74 on Jun 10, 2017 at 1:15pm

My heart goes out to you, as I also had a potential situation with a birth mom that didn’t work out and I was heartbroken (I was not as far along as you, though). I was also working with Michael Theriot. I stuck with him after the first disappointment, and thankfully he was able to help connect me to another birth mother who was further along in her pregnancy (and there was therefore less financial risk for me), and I now have an amazing son. Michael was very upfront with me at the outset that the money I was paying towards living and legal expenses was at risk until the baby was 6 days old and the birth mother signed a termination of her rights. In terms of getting the expenses from his office, in my experience I just think they are a little slow with paperwork. Have you followed up with them?  Sorry, it sounds like you may have had a bad birth mom situation. If you stick with Michael I bet he will come through for you like he did for me. Good luck!!!

Posted by Meant2bamom on Jun 10, 2017 at 2:11pm

Most birthmom go into this blindly. We don’t know all of the legal procedures. We only know what the agency rep and lawyer tells us. A lot of the steps or plan of action are told to us and we just go along. You may have gotten scammed by the attorney or simply put, the birthmom simply changed her mind. He does owe you an explanation and expense record to show where the money went. And I can tell you that birthmom expenses probably wasn’t used on the birthmom. The lawyer probably pocketed that money because most refuse to help with one to 2 months of expenses, so I doubt if he provided this lady with 8 months or assistance.

Posted by Upsetandhurt on Jun 10, 2017 at 2:21pm

I’m so sorry OP. We are having a very difficult time with this attorney as well.


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