Adopting a child can be as emotionally taxing as it is exciting and rewarding. If you are thinking about adopting a child or are looking to find a loving couple for your child, now is the time you need a knowledgeable Florida adoption attorney on your side.
We handle all types of adoptions, from the birth mother that is looking to find a loving and caring family for their child in an open or closed adoption setting, to the couple or family member that is seeking to adopt a child and expand their family. We have helped hundreds of children and families work through the complex process efficiently and compassionately.
Types of Adoptions
There are different types of adoptions, but all have specific procedures that must be followed correctly for the adoption to be legal. We perform extensive background checks and careful screening of the parties involved. Regardless of your situation our Jacksonville Adoption Lawyers will take all of the necessary legal steps to make sure that the adoption process is a smooth as possible.
Open adoptions are adoptions where the birth mother and the adoptive family work together and communicate during the adoption process. The families will exchange background information and medical information during the adoption process.
In contrast, a closed adoption utilizes an adoption professional that handles the selection of the adoptive family and birth mother and they will handle most or all of the communication, including background information and medical history. In these cases, the birth mother and the adoptive parent will have little or no contact with each other.
Many times a step-parent will develop a strong, loving bond with a step-child and will want to adopt that child as his or her own. Adopting a step-child will grant the relationship a legal status including inheritance rights. For this type of adoption, that court must be presented convincing evidence that shows that the biological parent’s rights should be terminated. Cases of abandonment, abuse, and neglect can be presented. The biological parents can also agree to terminate their rights and consent to the adoption.
Grandparent and Relative Adoptions
Grandparents and close relatives are sometimes called upon to raise and care for a child giving them a loving and stable home. Sometimes it is a temporary situation and others it requires a permanent solution. In these cases, a Grandparent or relative adoption will allow the family member the right to take custody of a child to ensure their well being.
International adoptions are a wonderful experience but with it can come many obstacles and legal hurdles that must be cleared both in the birth country of the child and here in Florida. It is important to have representation during this process and our team of Jacksonville Adoption Attorneys will help you through the entire process, from finding a reputable international adoption agency to the name change and recognition of foreign adoption.
Our Jacksonville Adoption Team
The Jacksonville Adoptions Lawyers at Harris Guidi Rosner have years of experience and are ready to get started today to help you with your adoption needs. Put our Energy Compassion and Knowledge to work for you. We are available for a free consultation. Contact our Jacksonville Adoptions Attorneys and let us help you with your adoption matters.