How do you start the adoption process in Florida?


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Families in Florida that have decided to adopt a new child can start the process by contacting an adoption lawyer or adoption agency. They have to go through a home study screening process and pass financial and background checks.

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In Florida, a stepparent can start the adoption process by himself as long as his spouse consents to the adoption. In some cases, a married person can even adopt without his spouse’s consent if the court approves. The person who starts the adoption process must be an adult.

All families that have decided to adopt a child must complete the home study process, which determines the suitability of the family for adoption. A family must meet with an adoption study worker who evaluates their situation. The adoption study worker asks questions regarding the stepparents’ reasons for adopting a child, what their childhood was like, their parenting philosophy and lifestyle. The adoption study worker determines whether the family has the financial means to support the child and also uses the responses to ensure that all the members in the household remain open to accepting the child into the family.

Individuals need to contact a licensed and diligent adoption agency or an adoption lawyer. Families interested in an international adoption first have to decide from which country they wish to adopt, and then they should select an adoption agency or attorney with experience in adoption from that nation.

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