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Adoption in Florida

Florida - warm, beachy and pretty generous with their adoption laws. In this southern state, a single adult or married couple jointly, may adopt. Reasonable living expenses (including rent, utilities, phone, food, transportation, clothes, insurance), medical and attorney fees, and adoption-related expenses deemed necessary,and up to 6 weeks postpartum can be covered by the Adoptive Parents. Fun fact: wherever you are in Florida, you're never further than 60 miles from a body of salt water.

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Adoption Attorneys in Florida

29 Adoption Agencies in FL

22 AAAA Attorneys in FL

Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

  • Attorney
    Scott Hamilton
    2400 Manatee Avenue West
    Bradenton, FL 34205
    (941) 748-0550
    (941) 745-2079
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Barbara Thornell Ginn
    1000 Tamiami Trl N., Suite 501
    Naples, FL 34102
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Tammi J. Driver
    499 38th St. N.
    St. Petersburg, FL 33713
    (727) 800-6681
    (727) 683-9332
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Danelle Dykes Barksdale
    418 W. Platt Street
    Tampa, FL 33606
    (813) 258-3355
    (813) 258-3373
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Jeanne Trudeau Tate
    418 W. Platt Street
    Tampa, FL 33606
    (813) 258-3355
    (813) 258-3373
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Anthony B. Marchese
    308 East Oak Avenue, 2nd Floor
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Cheryl R. Eisen-Yeary
    202 N. Swinton Avenue
    Delray Beach, FL 33444
    (561) 789-0030
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Michelle M. Hausmann
    2423 Quantum Boulevard
    Boynton Beach, FL 33426
    (561) 732-7030
    (561) 732-7430
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Amy U. Hickman
    2423 Quantum Boulevard
    Boynton Beach, FL 33426
    (561) 732-7030
    (561) 732-7430
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Mary Ann Scherer
    2001 East Commercial Boulevard
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
    (954) 564-6900
    (954) 564-0187
    info@adoptionflorida.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Ado
  • Attorney
    Katie Jay
    1040 Bayview Drive, Suite 330
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
    (844) 624-2361
    (888) 785-0492
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Elizabeth F. Schwartz
    3050 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 600
    Miami, FL 33137
    (305) 674-9222
    (305) 674-9002
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Ellen M. Kaplan
    9900 West Sample Road, 3rd Floor
    Coral Springs, FL 33065
    (954) 341-1309
    (954) 510-2292
    info@ellenkaplanadoptions.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation
  • Attorney
    Nicole Ward Moore
    1604 S. Bumby Avenue
    Orlando, FL 32806
    (407) 898-8015
    (407) 898-8215
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Karen Persis
    1500 E. Robinson St
    Orlando, FL 32801
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Mediation, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Robison Harrell
    3 Clifford Drive
    Shalimar, FL 32579
    (850) 651-5225
    (850) 651-3210
    info@adoptioncenter.org
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Madonna M. Finney
    2252 Killearn Center Blvd, Suite 101
    Tallahassee, FL 32309
    (850) 577-3077
    (850) 577-3079
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption
  • Attorney
    Brian T. Kelly
    3821 Atlantic Boulevard, P.O. Box 10007
    Jacksonville, FL 32247
    (904) 348-6400
    (904) 348-6424
    info@shorsteinkelly.com
    Services Offered Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Michael A. Shorstein
    3821 Atlantic Boulevard, P.O. Box 10007
    Jacksonville, FL 32247
    (904) 348-6400
    (904) 348-6424
    info@shorsteinkelly.com
    Services Offered Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Special Needs Children, Private Networking
  • Attorney
    Susan L. Stockham
    4017 Swift Road
    Sarasota, FL 34231
    (941) 924-4949
    (941) 328-3568
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Contested Adoption, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, Mediation, Special Needs Children, LGBT Family Formation, Private Networking, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Martha A. Curtis
    418 West Platt Street
    Tampa, FL 33606
    (813) 258-3355
    (813) 258-3373
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Grandparent Representation, Intercountry Adoption, Interstate (ICPC) Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Attorney
    Christine E. Arendas
    St. Cloud, FL
    (407) 742-2513
    Services Offered Assisted Reproduction, Domestic Adoption, Intercountry Adoption, LGBT Family Formation, Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Sperm Donation, Surrogacy
  • Agency
    A Baby Step Adoption
    340 Morgantown Road
    Suite 2
    Reading, PA 19611
    (610) 376-9742
    info@ababystepadoption.com
    Services Offered A Baby Step Adoption Agency is led by an AAAA Director with over 30 years of legal and adoption experience. Our agency specializes in full service, newborn baby adoption throughout the United States.
  • Attorney
    Adoptions First LLP
    1100 Glendon Ave
    Floor 15
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (800) 658-8284
    info@adoptionsfirst.com
    Services Offered Adoptions First has provided the most caring and professional adoption services for over 30 years. Since 1988 we have dedicated our services & experience to adoptive parents and birth parents. Adoption is not only our work. It is our passion, our personal stories, and our life’s calling.
  • Attorney
    Law Office of Tammi J. Driver, P.L.
    2901 1st Ave N
    Ste 102
    St. Petersburg, FL 33713
    (727) 800-6681
    Tammi@TammiDriverLaw.com
    Services Offered My law firm provides services to expectant parents and prospective adoptive families, and is dedicated to the practice of ethical adoptions. I am board certified in Adoption Law by the Florida Bar and a member of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
  • Attorney
    The Garmon Law Firm
    502 Harmon Ave
    Panama City, FL 32401
    (850) 238-3201
    jenna@garmonlawpc.com
    Services Offered Garmon Law Firm is a Family Law Firm focusing on adoptions in Florida and across the United States. Mrs. Garmon has a passion for adoption and placing beautiful children with loving families.
  • Agency
    Caring Adoptions
    11601 Katy Freeway
    Suite 222
    Houston, TX 77079
    (281) 920-4300
    info@caringadoptions.org
    Services Offered Caring Adoptions is a full service adoption agency that has been finding families for children since 1991. Although located in Houston, Caring Adoptions works with Birthmothers throughout Texas, and Adoptive Parents throughout Texas and the United States.
  • Agency
    Love and Hope Adoption Services
    695 NASHVILLE PIKE #178
    GALLATIN, TN 37066
    (615) 663-6764
    marian@loveandhopeadoptions.org
    Services Offered We are a fully licensed, non-profit, adoption agency specializing in all types of home studies. We work with families across the entire state. We also help families adopt children who are in the foster system and ready for adoption.
  • Agency
    Adoption STAR
    131 John Muir Drive
    Amherst, NY 14228
    (716) 639-3900
    carly@adoptionstar.com
    Services Offered Adoption STAR has over two decades of experience providing adoption services such as home studies, updates, child placements, post-placement, post-adoption support, expectant parent and birth parent support and counseling, and pre and post support for adoptive families.

Traveling For Your Adoption in Florida

Length of ICPC
in Florida

1-30 days

Florida participates in the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) – a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.

Adoption Law FAQ in Florida

Advertising Law Info

  • Can adoptive parents advertise for birth parents?
    No.
  • State Advertising Code of Law
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 63.212(1)(g); 63.032

    It is unlawful for any person, except an adoption entity, to place an advertisement or offer to the public, in any way, by any medium whatsoever, that a minor is available for adoption or that a minor is sought for adoption. In addition, it is unlawful for any person purchasing advertising space or purchasing broadcast time to advertise adoption services to fail to include in such advertisement the Florida license number of the adoption entity or the Florida Bar number of the attorney placing the advertisement.

    The term ‘adoption entity’ includes the Department of Children and Families, a registered child-caring agency, an intermediary, a Florida licensed child-placing agency, or a child-placing agency licensed in another State that also is licensed by the department to place children in the State of Florida.

Adoption Law Info

  • Who Can Adopt?
    A single adult or married couple jointly. A married individual without his or her spouse if the spouse is the parent of the adoptee or the court excuses the spouse for the best interest of the child.
  • Can out-of-state residents finalize an adoption?
    Yes.
  • Can adopting parents use an adoption facilitator or another paid intermediary?
    Only an attorney or licensed adoption agency acting as adoption entities can charge or accept a fee for involvement with placing a child for adoption.
  • What birth parent expenses may be paid, and in what time period?
    Reasonable living expenses (including rent, utilities, phone, food, transportation, clothes, insurance), medical and attorney fees, and adoption-related expenses deemed necessary, up to 6 weeks postpartum.
  • When does consent become irrevocable? If consent is revoked, is return to birth parent automatic?
    Newborn: Upon signing, unless fraud or duress proven; 6 mos. or older: 3 days after signing or when child is placed in adoptive home, whichever is later, unless fraud or duress proven. Affidavit of non-paternity can be revoked only if fraud or duress shown.
  • Qualifications for Adoptive Parents for adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code § 65C-16.005
    A social study that involves careful observation, screening, and evaluation shall be made of the child and adoptive applicants to select families who will be able to meet the physical, emotional, social, educational, and financial needs of a child, while safeguarding the child from further loss and separation from primary caregivers. In determining which applications for adoption should be approved, the following criteria must be considered:
    • The child’s choice if the child is developmentally able to participate in the decision
    • The ability and willingness of the adoptive family to adopt some or all of a sibling group
    • The commitment of the applicant to value, respect, appreciate, and educate the child regarding his or her racial and ethnic heritage
    • The family’s childrearing experience
    Applications to adopt will be accepted from married couples and from single adults. Couples married less than 2 years must be given particularly careful evaluation.
    Other qualifications include:
    • The family must have income and resources to ensure financial stability and security to meet expenses incurred in adequate care of the family.
    • The family’s housing and neighborhoods must provide adequate space and the living conditions necessary to promote the health and safety of the family.
    • The physical, mental, and emotional health of the prospective adoptive household members must not jeopardize the safety and permanency of the child’s placement and will be considered in determining the best interest of the child.
    • When families have children by birth or adoption, the anticipated impact of a new child on the family must be considered.
    • Working parents must be willing and able to arrange to be with the child during the transition period.

Home Study Info

  • Elements of a Home Study for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 63.092; Admin. Code § 65C-16.005
    The preliminary home study must be made to determine the suitability of the intended adoptive parents and may be completed prior to identification of a prospective adoptive child. The study must include, at a minimum:
    • An interview with the intended adoptive parents
    • Criminal records and central abuse registry checks
    • An assessment of the physical environment of the home
    • A determination of the financial security of the intended adoptive parents
    • Documentation of counseling and education of the intended adoptive parents on adoptive parenting
    In regulation: A minimum of five written references will be required. At least two of the references will be from nonrelatives. References must be obtained from persons who either have had the opportunity to observe the applicant(s) in situations that may give some indication of their capacity for parenthood, or who, as the result of their relationship to the applicant, possess or should possess documentation or knowledge of the applicant’s capacity for parenthood.
    References should be obtained from employers of applicants and from schools or day care providers who have had an opportunity to know the family.
    The approved adoptive parent training must be provided to and successfully completed by all prospective adoptive parents except licensed foster parents and relative caregivers who have previously attended the approved training or have been determined to understand the challenges and parenting skills needed to parent the children available for adoption from foster care successfully.
  • Grounds for Withholding Approval for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 63.092; Admin. Code § 65C-16.005
    No minor may be placed in a home in which there resides any person determined by the court to be a sexual predator or to have been convicted of child abuse, murder, or sexual battery.
    In regulation: An application may be denied when any of the following issues are present:
    • The adoptive applicant is experiencing a serious or chronic medical condition that compromises or could compromise the applicant’s ability to provide the physical, emotional, social, and economic support necessary for the child to thrive.
    • The child abuse records check reveals verified findings of abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
    • The criminal history checks reveal that the applicant(s) have been convicted of crimes specified in statute as a disqualifying condition.
    • The applicant is a current or former foster parent, and the review of the foster parent file reveals that there have been care and supervision concerns or a violation of licensing standards.
  • When Home Studies Must Be Completed for Adoption
    Citation: Ann. Stat. § 63.092
    Before placing the minor in the intended adoptive home, a preliminary home study must be completed. A favorable preliminary home study is valid for 1 year after the date of its completion.
  • Postplacement Study Requirements for Adoption
    Citation: Admin. Code § 65C-16.010
    The department has a legal responsibility to provide services until the finalization of an adoption. This period shall be no less than 90 days from the date the child was placed in the physical custody of the adoptive parent. The first home visit must be made within 1 week after placement. There shall be a minimum of three supervisory visits in placements that are non-problematic. For placements that do not proceed smoothly, additional and more frequent contacts are necessary.
    The adoptive child must be contacted a minimum of once every calendar month until adoption finalization. The entire family must be seen together at least once during the postplacement supervision period.

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