Adoption in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fort Lauderdale Adoption Agencies, Lawyers and More
When you’re considering adoption in Fort Lauderdale, where do you even start? Most resource guides contain broader information for the Florida adoption process, which is helpful, but doesn’t offer much that’s specific to the Fort Lauderdale area.
So we created this guide. Whether you’re pregnant and considering placing your child, or you’re hoping to adopt, this list of resources for the Fort Lauderdale adoption process will help you find whatever you need, whenever you’re ready to begin.
Fort Lauderdale Adoption Agencies
American Adoptions is one of the foremost national, full-service agencies. We’re able to help pregnant women, as well as hopeful parents, in whatever capacity they need. Our services range from counseling to post-adoption communication support, home studies, financial assistance for prospective birth parents making an adoption plan, and more.
Our Florida offices are based in Tampa, at 3001 North Rocky Point Drive East, but our social workers are able to travel to you as needed. We’re happy to help anyone in the Fort Lauderdale area with their adoption needs.
However, we’re not the only option when it comes to adoption agencies in Fort Lauderdale. The nearest local agencies capable of providing infant placements are Adoption STAR and Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options. Always research and compare your agency options carefully when deciding who to trust with such an important journey.
Fort Lauderdale Adoption Attorneys
For prospective birth and adoptive parents, the guidance of an experienced adoption attorney is important and necessary. Your representative isn’t just there to guide you through the complex legal steps — they’ll also make sure that you understand and consent to everything.
If you need a referral to an attorney, American Adoptions is happy to put you in touch with representation. You’re also more than welcome to work with your own preferred Fort Lauderdale, FL, adoption attorney, like one of these local providers:
Fort Lauderdale Home Study Providers
Before they can be approved to adopt, all Fort Lauderdale adoptive families must be approved through a Florida home study with a Florida-licensed provider, like American Adoptions. This home study process is important for verifying a family’s readiness for adoption, as well as their ability to provide a child with a safe, stable and loving home.
Even if you’re working with a different agency for placement services, American Adoptions can still complete your home study in Fort Lauderdale. We’re here to help, however you need us.
Fort Lauderdale Foster Care Professionals
For hopeful parents who are interested in fostering or completing a foster care adoption in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you will need to work with the appropriate local organizations. American Adoptions is always happy to put you in touch with licensed providers in the area who can help you with this important type of family-building, such as:
Fort Lauderdale International Adoption Agencies
In order to adopt a child from another country, adoptive families must work with an appropriately licensed international adoption agency in Fort Lauderdale. Your agency will need to be licensed to complete placements within the country you hope to adopt from. The closest providers who can help with this in the Fort Lauderdale area are:
Fort Lauderdale Hospitals
Pregnant women who are creating a Fort Lauderdale adoption plan will also need to decide what they’re comfortable with when it comes time to deliver their child. Where do you want to give birth? Do you want the adoptive parents there to support you and meet the baby?
When you’re creating that birth plan with your adoption specialist, these nearby hospitals may be helpful for you:
Fort Lauderdale Court System
The last legal step of an adoption in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., is finalization at the Broward County court. This is typically scheduled several months after the baby is initially placed with his or her adoptive parents. At this simple and short hearing, a judge grants the final decree of adoption, and any friends or family in attendance can snap a few photos.
Fort Lauderdale Tourism
When a baby is placed for adoption in Fort Lauderdale, the birth and adoptive families will likely spend quite a bit of time there together — from the time they first spend getting to know each other to placement and open adoption visits throughout the years. So, it can be nice to have a few local activities in mind for outings together.
Here are some things to explore together in the Fort Lauderdale area:
Want to learn more about the process of adoption in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.? Contact American Adoptions now for free, confidential and no-obligation information.
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