Boca Raton Adoption Lawyer
Experienced Florida Adoption Attorneys Representing Prospective Parents in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
At HVW Law Group, our goal is to help all prospective parents who want to adopt a child. Adding to your family through adoption can be a beautiful and enriching experience. However, it’s also a very complicated one, legally speaking. This is why it’s crucial to have a Florida adoption attorney who has the experience necessary to expertly guide you through this process.
When you retain our Boca Raton adoption lawyers, HVG Law Group will be there to assist you at every step of the way to ensure it is a smooth and successful adoption.
Different Types of Florida Adoptions
Do you already know which type of adoption you plan to pursue? If you aren’t familiar with all of the options, here is a quick explanation.
- Private Adoption: A private adoption is one that is arranged between the prospective parents and the birth parents. In order for the adoption to take place, the birth parents must terminate their parental rights. You don’t want to attempt to negotiate a private adoption on your own. The legal agreement needs to be comprehensive and address all of the important legal issues and rights.
- Agency Adoption: With agency adoptions, you are going to an agency to assist you with the process. These agencies can be cost prohibitive in some cases, and the process is extremely complicated. This is why many potential parents prefer to deal directly with the birth mother directly.
Both types of adoptions need a private home study that is approved, except in situations where the child is being placed with a relative.
Adoptions can be either open or private. With open adoption, it means the child will eventually have information on his or her birth parents. With a closed adoption, there is no contact allowed from the birth parents once the adoption is final.
Foster Care Adoptions
It probably comes as no surprise to learn that there are thousands of children in the Florida foster care system. These children are hoping for a loving and permanent home. When you choose to adopt from a foster care program, the cost is much lower than private or agency adoptions.
In addition, adoptive parents receive financial assistance when adopting a foster child. For example, your child could have assistance with college tuition and healthcare. There is also a monthly adoption subsidy that will help offset the new expenses you have.
Florida Stepparent Adoptions
Our Florida family law attorneys can also assist with stepparent adoptions. It’s not uncommon for a new spouse to want to adopt their partner’s child from an earlier relationship. Stepparent adoptions terminate the parental rights of the one biological parent. This means you need to get consent from him or her. If consent is not possible, you would have to proceed with an involuntary parental termination of rights.
We can also assist parents who are considering gestational surrogacy. This is where one woman agrees to carry a child for another couple. The birth mother will surrender her parental rights and transfer custody to the adoptive parents after the baby is born. Surrogacy contracts can be complex as well, which is why you want a Florida family law attorney who has experience with surrogacy adoptions.
Contact an Experienced Boca Raton Adoption Lawyer
If you have questions about adoption or are ready to start the adoption process, contact HVW Law Group today to schedule an initial consultation.