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How an Adoption Intervention in Florida Works

If your child has entered the foster care system in Florida, and your parental rights have not been terminated, you may still have an opportunity to make a proactive adoption plan for him or her. 

Known as an “adoption intervention,” this unique Florida law allows you to pursue a private domestic adoption for your child, even if he or she has been removed from your home by the state. American Adoptions of Florida can provide the services and guidance you need to take advantage of the Florida adoption intervention. 

 What is the Adoption Intervention Process? 

When a child enters the state foster care system, the court presents a reunification plan for the birth parents to follow in order to regain custody of their child. Parents typically have about a year to complete the case plan, and if they are unable to make the changes requested by the court, their parental rights will be terminated. The child will then be legally available for adoption by his or her foster parents or another adoptive family. 

But in Florida, there is another option. During this time period, struggling parents have the opportunity to voluntarily place their child for adoption through an adoption intervention. Parents may choose this option because: 

  • they feel they cannot meet the requirements of their reintegration plan

  • they don’t feel they can continue to raise the child 

  • they believe it is in the child’s best interests to be adopted

To complete the adoption intervention, these parents will sign consent forms with an attorney, which will begin the legal process to terminate their parental rights and give temporary custody of the child to an adoption agency while they search for an adoptive family.  

American Adoptions of Florida’s Adoption Intervention Services

By choosing an adoption intervention, you can give your child the type of life you believe he or she deserves. American Adoptions of Florida will work with you to choose a loving waiting family for your baby. Your adoption specialist will work with you to: 

  • explain the adoption intervention process in greater detail

  • ensure you understand your adoption intervention rights

  • provide the emotional support services you may need during this time

  • understand your adoption goals and help you find the perfect family for your child

You may contact American Adoptions of Florida at any time and with no obligation to proceed with the adoption process. When you are certain you want to take the next step, we will begin narrowing down the type of adoptive family ideal for your and your child’s situation, based on:

  • Race

  • Age

  • Location

  • Contact Arrangement

  • And more

You will then have the opportunity to review several families’ Adoptive Family Profiles and Adoptive Family Video Profiles. These profiles will further assist you in choosing the perfect adoptive family to provide the life you envision for your child.

Following the adoption intervention process, you may choose to stay in touch with your child and the adoptive family for years to come. You may be able to exchange pictures and letters, emails, phone calls and even visits, depending on the family you choose and the relationship you develop with them. 

Adoption Intervention Benefits

Making an adoption plan for your child is never easy. But as a parent in your circumstances, an adoption intervention can be beneficial in many ways:  

  • It gives you control over your child’s future

  • It allows you to personally select the perfect adoptive parents for your child

  • It gives you the option to maintain a post-placement relationship with your child — an opportunity you will not have if your parental rights are terminated by the state

  • It provides you the peace of mind that your child is living in a loving, stable home 

Please contact an adoption specialist today to learn more about adoption intervention in Florida