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How adoption support services can help your new family adjust

New families of any kind go through changes they could never have imagined. Adoptive parents are no different. When the long adoption process is finally over, you might feel overwhelmed by the prospect of finally being a parent. You've probably heard it before, but it's worth saying again: There is nothing wrong with asking for help.

Keep reading to learn more about adoption support groups and other resources for adoptive parents in Florida.

What LGBT couples need to know about adoption in Florida

Families across the United States begin in a variety of ways. This is especially true for LGBT couples. And while advancements in marriage rights have made adoption easier, there are still challenges for many gay and lesbian individuals looking to adopt.

Keep reading to learn more about adoption rights for LGBT couples in Florida and across the country. 

How to spot an adoption scam

In most cases, adoption helps bring a new family together. Adoptive parents go through a rigorous process to ensure that they are ready to bring their child home. Birth mothers can have peace of mind knowing their baby is going to a loving home. But sometimes, an adoptive parent’s hopes are preyed upon by someone with an ulterior motive.

A Tallahassee woman is now facing fraud charges after being accused of lying about a pregnancy to collect thousands of dollars from a woman who had already adopted one of her children.

Can my baby's birth mother change her mind about adoption?

You’ve waited months, maybe even years for the chance to finally have your baby. You’ve gone through the screening process, the home study and the search for an expecting mother. This should be a joyous time as you wait for the ninth month to arrive.

AThroughout the process, you might have had a little voice in the back of your head saying, “what if she changes her mind?”. It might help you to know what right the birth mother has to keep her child or even take her child back. One of the determining factors is when she makes this decision.

Interracial Adoption Has Come A Long Way

While there are still hurdles for adoptive parents seeking to adopt children of other races, interracial adoption has become much more common than in previous decades. As late as the 1960s, interracial adoption was considered taboo and nearly unheard of.

An article from the Washington Post tells the story of an early interracial adoption and addresses some of the issues surrounding these adoptions.

Who makes the decisions in a stepchild adoption?

You've been with your spouse for a few years now, and together with your stepchild you've created a new family unit. You want to make it official and adopt the child, but how? In some ways, stepchild adoption can be much easier than other forms of adoption. But it can also present unique challenges.

In Florida, stepchild adoption requires the consent of multiple parties. It's important to know whose approval you need before you get started.

How to prepare for your home study

Giving a child a permanent home is a wonderful thing, and you probably feel excited to be starting the adoption process. After your initial celebration, there are many steps before you can bring a child into your home. The first one is the home study.

Being nervous is understandable, but there are many ways you can make the process easier for yourself. Knowing what the social worker will be looking for can not only speed things up but also improve your chances of approval.

Can adoption agencies discriminate against prospective parents?

Five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made a monumental decision that effectively turned the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)—a law designed to protect religious minorities—on its head. In the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Court ruled 5-4 that a Christian owner of a for-profit corporation may use their own religious beliefs to dictate the company’s actions.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a landmark dissenting opinion in this case, noting that “[n]o tradition, and no prior decision under RFRA, allows a religion-based exemption when the accommodation would be harmful to others.”

What Birth Mothers Say About Putting A Baby Up For Adoption

Pregnant mothers considering placing their child for adoption have a difficult decision ahead of them. One thing that can prove beneficial in the decision-making process is the candid voices of other women who have made the choice to place a child for adoption.

3 scenarios in which hiring an adoption lawyer is beneficial

You and your spouse have made the life-changing decision to adopt a child. It’s an emotional time—filled with excitement and love. You may delve into the process filled with anticipation.

But then you start googling. The more you research the actual process involved, the more you realize it’s far more complicated than you ever expected. You feel your enthusiasm dissipate as you sink deeper into the internet rabbit hole—attempting to make sense of all the paperwork, processes and expenses involved.

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