Orlando Adoption LawYER sCHEDULE yOUR CASE EVALUATION

Orlando Adoption Attorney

Personalized and Professional Support to Unite Your Family in Osceola, Orange, Lake, and Seminole Counties

Adoption is an exciting step in any family’s life, and Benjamin Law is committed to helping clients unite their families. While you focus on preparing your family, our firm will handle the legal side for you. We will provide you the professional guidance you need to navigate every step of the adoption process, and we will take a personalized approach to crafting your unique method for adoption. We aim to connect deeply with our clients as we maintain a personal attorney-client relationship, and we will also communicate transparently with you as we tell you everything you need to know in your best interests. Take the first step towards your adoption case by putting Benjamin Law on your side.

Who Can Adopt in Florida?

In Florida, any adult is legally allowed to adopt. Unmarried adults can petition to adopt on their own, and married adults must petition together with their spouses. Note that children 12 years and older must provide consent to the adoption.

THE ADOPTION PROCESS

Every adoption will vary in process, depending on the type of adoption, though any adoption will involve certain steps like the home study. In general, most adoptions will entail the following steps:

  1. Researching the type of adoption.
  2. Attending orientation.
  3. Attending preparation and training courses.
  4. Home study investigation.
  5. Application and approval.
  6. The child-parent match.
  7. Placement supervision.
  8. Finalization (usually after 6 months of living with the adoptive family).

Note that one of the most important steps above is the home study. All prospective parents must be approved by a Florida adoption home study, which may include background checks, interviews with immediate family and household members, and other home inspections. The goal of the home study is to verify the individuals’ suitability as adoptive parents, and the results are valid for 1 year in Florida. 

The placement supervision step is also an important study in the home, though it occurs after the child is placed in the parents’ home, and an adoption worker will make periodic (monthly) visits to assess the child’s adjustment to the new home. 

Stepparent Adoption

Stepparent adoption is a special type of adoption that has its own unique process. In particular, stepparent adoption requires that the child’s other biological parent terminate their parental rights. This termination may be either voluntary or involuntary. In the voluntary case, the other parent likely has little relationship with the child or has other reasons for consenting to the adoption. They simply need to sign a consent form terminating their parental rights (which cuts off the parent-child ties between them), and the child is then eligible to be adopted by the petitioning stepparent.

If the other parent does not consent to the termination of their rights, the petitioning stepparent may take the case to court and seek an order to involuntarily terminate the other parent’s rights. Note that this is an important and consequential matter to the court, so they will only terminate the other parent’s rights if the petitioning stepparent shows compelling grounds to do so. For example, one acceptable reason for involuntary termination is if the other biological parent abandoned their child or otherwise refrained from contacting, supporting, or maintaining a relationship with their child for at least 12 months. 

Stepparent adoption can be a legally nuanced process, and it is advisable to consult an attorney to navigate this process, especially as it entails possibly going to court. The termination of parental rights is a crucial step that an experienced lawyer can handle carefully.

If you are a prospective parent looking to adopt in Florida, do not hesitate to contact Benjamin Law for legal support. Contact us online or at (407) 410-3850 for legal advice in your adoption process.

  • “Attorney Benjamin is great at what she does, I’ve used her services multiple times and always get the result I’m looking for. Very professional and very sharp at her craft. I highly recommend her services...”

    - David B.
  • “Attorney Benjamin made me feel at ease during a time I felt uncertain by communicating and keeping me informed every step of the way. Attorney Benjamin was also very thorough and very professional.”

    - Will
  • “Very professional and gets the job with integrity! If you need an attorney who will help you, I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Nicole Benjamin. I am forever grateful to her and her staff.”

    - Phala
/

Contact us for a consultation

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.