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Adoption Archives

Adoption and tax incentives

Adoption is a beautiful opportunity for families who want to grow while helping a child in need at the same time. If you are considering adoption, you already know this, but you might not know it can offer some financial benefits as well. There are certain tax incentives that are available for families who choose to adopt. The following information can help you better understand the tax incentives available as well as what eligibility requirements you must meet to qualify for them.

Common adoption mistakes to avoid

The decision to adopt a child is thrilling, somewhat frightening and sometimes fraught with questions about how best to proceed. There is no right way to go about it, and though there will be obstacles to surmount, a successful outcome to the effort will be a wonderful, life-changing event for everyone concerned. Adoption is not something that happens overnight; it requires patience and determination, and as you begin the process, you will want to be as diligent as possible. Here are five critical mistakes to avoid.

Could adoption be the right option for your family?

Adoption is a beautiful way for any couple to create a family. Whether you have your own biological children and want to add more to your brood or you can't have them on your own, adoption provides a way for a child to have a stable, secure future when they aren't conceived in the best circumstances.

An overview of adoption in Florida

While adoption can be an exciting event for a family, there are important rights at issue. The rights of the biological parents, for example, must be respected. Additionally, the age of a prospective adoptee could impact any adoption decisions as a child of at least 12 years of age must consent to being adopted. An adult can also be adopted in Florida, a matter that typically requires minimal involvement of an adoptee's biological parents.

Natural disasters often create need for international adoptions

The recent natural disaster of Hurricane Matthew is estimated to have caused more than 1,300 total deaths including 46 in the United States and more than 1,000 in Caribbean island nations such as Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

No longer unknown: Steps to take to learn your birth history

If you have been following our blog, you know that there are established procedures Florida courts follow in order to release information to adoptive individuals. If you were adopted and are just beginning your search for your birth parents, you may not want to dive headlong into pages of adoption statutes immediately. While it may seem overwhelming to parse the rules designed to protect your birth parents' identities, you may find it helpful to know which information you are legally entitled to review and which information you will need court permission to access. As with most states, the state of Florida will reveal details to adoptive children upon their turning 18 years of age if their birth parents consented to the release of such information.

Same-sex adoptions in Florida

Just like heterosexual couples, a large number of same-sex couples in Florida and around the country choose to adopt every year. Nationwide, same-sex adoptions are becoming much more frequent as couples want to expand their families.

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