Advocates for Children and Families, or ACF, is a Miami-based adoption agency with services for those looking to put a child up for adoption or who are hoping to adopt. Adoption STAR is a similar adoption agency operating in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, Florida.
Advocates for Children and Families has been serving adoptive families since 1992, and offers both legal and adoptive services to birth mothers and adoptive parents. The staff include attorneys and trained mental health professionals. For birth mothers, ACF offers adoption counseling, financial assistance for adoption expenses and resources to help select the right adoptive parents. For families wanting to adopt, ACF provides Adoption Home Studies, specialized training for both domestic and international adoptions and newborn adoption placements of American-born children. Based in Miami, ACF is accredited for Hague Convention Inter-Country placements.
Adoption STAR offers pregnant women free counseling, 24-hour staff availability, paid medical and other expenses, the ability to choose and maintain contact with the adoptive family and resources and referrals for things such as housing, education and employment. For adoptive families, Adoption STAR offers both domestic and international adoption programs, support and education both pre- and post-placement, home studies and a personal Adoption Family Advocate. Its website also offers information about Florida adoption laws. The agency operates in Florida cities including, but not limited to, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Palm Beach.