"No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”
— Lee Iacocca
There are thousands of children in Florida who unfortunately feel unloved, worthless, and unwanted, as they travel between foster homes or family members who cannot offer them a permanent home. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, there are nearly 23,000 children and young adults in Out-of-Home Care as of January 2020. That fact breaks our hearts.
For this reason, we truly admire and respect men and women who open their hearts and homes to children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or forgotten by their birth parents. Not only do we respect their dedication and capacity for love, but for their courage in embarking on the process of adoption, which is no small task.
The legal process of adoption can be overwhelming. To better understand the steps you need to take and expectations to have along the way, it’s essential that you rely on the support, guidance, and expertise of knowledgeable adoption attorneys. No matter what type of adoption you’re seeking to accomplish, Fournier Law, based in Tallahassee, is here to help.
Do you know which type of adoption is right for you and your family? There are four types of adoption recognized in Florida:
While adult adoptions do occur, they are generally less frequent and due to the maturity of the person being adopted, do not require the consent of the biological parents. The adoption of minor children, however, does — and, because of that, the process can be daunting. By choosing to work with an experienced adoption attorney at Fournier Law, you will have a supportive legal advocate guiding you towards a successful, joyous outcome.
Generally, you can expect the following steps to occur in the process of child adoption:
When children are adopted by relatives or step-parents and when the parents’ parental rights have already been terminated, the process moves much more quickly and may not require home studies after placement and before the adoption hearing. Regardless, the process is not for the faint of heart. As in any proceeding affecting the structure of one’s family unit, emotions play a role… good and bad… sometimes at the same time.
At the end of the process, however, adoptive parents have given the gift of family to children without one. They give children a home, a place to belong and people to whom they belong for the rest of their life. That is the most precious and enduring gift a human can give.