What should I consider when thinking about adoption in Florida?

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Family Law on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

For people who want a child but are unable to conceive, adoption is one way that they can raise children. Adoption involves more than just being able to afford the things the child needs. Adoptive parents must provide a loving home that lasts forever for the child. Our readers in Florida might have some questions about adoption that they might want answered prior to considering adoption.

What types of adoptions should I consider?

When you embark upon the adoption process, you should decide if you want to adopt a child from the United States or one from elsewhere in the world. You also have to decide if you want to adopt a baby or an older child. You also have to decide if you want an open adoption in which the birth mother stays in contact with you or a closed adoption in which all ties are severed between the birth mother and adoptive parents. Because every couple is different, your choices must be made with your spouse.

What if I know someone who is putting up a baby for adoption?

There are some cases in which adoptive parents might know someone who is pregnant. If the birth mother is open to the idea, an identified adoption might be possible. Even in this case, getting legal help to ensure everything is done legally with the adoption can help to avoid problems down the road.

Making the choice to adopt a child is a big decision. Knowing your rights and understanding your responsibilities can help you to determine if an adoption is the right way to start or grow your family.

Source: Children’s Home Society of Florida, “Want to adopt?” Dec. 08, 2014