Adoption in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful place to raise a family. And, if adoption will be the way you’ll become a parent, you’ve got plenty of professionals in the area that can help you out.
On the other hand, maybe you’re not ready to add to your family — but you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy. If you’re considering “giving your baby up” for adoption in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll be able to find the help you need, too.
Choosing the right professional can be tough. But, we’ve made it a bit easier with this extensive guide. Here, you can learn all about which pros you’ll need, what services they provide and where you can find these Fort Lauderdale adoption professionals.
Ready to get started? Keep reading for all the info you need.
Adoption Agencies in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Many prospective birth parents and adoptive parents choose to work with an agency for their infant adoption in Fort Lauderdale. This journey can be complicated, but an agency can guide you through every step with experience, support and compassion.
You can choose to work with a national or local agency for your Fort Lauderdale adoption. But, if you want the advantages of a national agency and the personalized feel of an agency licensed in Florida, look no further than American Adoptions of Florida.
While our agency works across the United States, we are also licensed in Florida, meaning we can provide the kind of local support you may be looking for. We can also provide a range of services that smaller agencies simply can’t match, including:
- Education and support throughout the entire process
- Personal case management
- Assistance finding adoption opportunities
- Mediation of pre- and post-placement open adoption contact
- Referrals to trusted local professionals
- Financial protection for adoptive parents
- Financial support for pregnant women
- Free, no-obligation counseling for pregnant women
- And more
There’s a reason so many Floridians have chosen our agency for this adoption journey. Want to learn more? Give us a call at 1-800-ADOPTION or request free information online to discover how easy an adoption in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., can be.
If you want to explore your other options for adoption agencies in Florida, here are a few you might consider:
Foster Care Adoption Agencies in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Foster care adoption can be difficult, but it can also be an incredibly rewarding way to add a child to your family. While most foster care placements’ goal is reunification, there are hundreds of children throughout the state of Florida who are waiting for a loving and supportive home. You could be just what they need.
American Adoptions of Florida only completes private infant adoptions, but we believe foster care adoption is a beautiful way to build a family. If you’re interested in this path, contact one of the organizations below to learn more:
International Adoption Agencies in Fort Lauderdale, FL
International adoption is another path for adoptive parents. As long as you are prepared for the legal complexities and potential wait of adopting from another country, you can successfully pursue this family-building path.
You’ll need to work with a Hague-approved agency to ensure you adopt legally, ethically and safely. These agencies will prep you for the adoption process and guide you through every step, communicating with the foreign child-placing agency from which you’ll receive an adoption opportunity.
Want to learn more? Reach out to one of these Fort Lauderdale adoption agencies:
Adoption Attorneys in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Depending on which adoption path you choose, an adoption agency is optional. A professional that’s not optional? An adoption attorney.
Adoption attorneys in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., are responsible for a few key roles: ensuring your adoption meets state and federal laws, monitoring living expenses payments, taking birth parent consent, and providing general legal advice. Working without an attorney opens you up to not only an unethical adoption but an illegal one, as well.
Fortunately, when you work with American Adoptions of Florida, your specialist will refer you to a trusted local professional. But, if you wish to do some research on your own, reach out to a Fort Lauderdale adoption lawyer like:
Ft. Lauderdale Adoption Home Study Providers
Adoptive parents have to meet certain requirements before they are approved to adopt. One of the most stressful requirements can be the adoption home study.
An adoption home study is essentially an overview of your life and your preparedness to adopt. A social worker will visit your home for an inspection and in-person interviews. It can seem scary at the start but, when you work with American Adoptions of Florida, you can know you have our agency support on your side.
As a licensed Florida adoption agency, we can complete your Fort Lauderdale adoption home study. You won’t have to work with a third party to complete this step. We’ll take the stress off your shoulders and help you prepare for success.
Not working with our agency for placement? That’s okay — we can still complete your domestic infant and international adoption home studies, too.
Learn more by contacting us online today.
Fort Lauderdale Hospitals for Prenatal and Maternity Care and Delivery
If you’re considering placing your child for adoption in Florida, you’ll be in charge of creating an adoption plan that works for you. This details everything from which family will adopt your child to what kind of contact you want with them after placement. It will also include your hospital plan.
Your childbirth experience can go exactly how you want it. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is where you’ll deliver. Consider including one of these local hospitals in your adoption plan:
- Broward Health Medical Center
- Broward Health Coral Springs
- Holy Cross Hospital
- Memorial Regional Hospital
- Plantation General Hospital
Remember: When you work with American Adoptions of Florida, all of your medical expenses will be paid for, and you will always have the right to change your mind up until you sign your adoption consent forms after the birth of the baby.
Fort Lauderdale Courts for Adoption Finalization
When you’re an adoptive parent, your adoption journey isn’t over once your child is placed into your arms for the first time. You’ll still need to complete a few more legal steps before your child is officially yours.
After placement, a social worker will typically conduct a few post-placement visits to ensure your family is adjusting well to your new addition. Those assessments (as well as your adoption paperwork) will be reviewed by a judge during an adoption finalization hearing. The judge will typically ask a few questions before approving your adoption and issuing a final decree of adoption. Your child will finally be a legal part of your family!
Your Fort Lauderdale adoption finalization will likely take place at the Broward County Central Courthouse.
Tourism Spots for Your Adoption in Fort Lauderdale
You’ll probably spend some time in the area when you’re pursuing a Fort Lauderdale adoption. This may be during your pre-placement contact, where you get to know the prospective birth parents or adoptive parents in your triad, or it may be during your wait for ICPC clearance. Either way, there is plenty to keep you busy in this part of Florida, including:
- Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
- Fort Lauderdale Beach Park
- Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
- Las Olas Boulevard
- Sawgrass Mills
Need assistance for your adoption in Fort Lauderdale? Don’t forget that American Adoptions of Florida is always here to help you through your private domestic infant adoption. Learn more about our agency by requesting free information online.
Ready to get started? Give us a call anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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