Giving up a child for adoption is often a heart-wrenching decision. However, more and more adoptive families are forming relationships with birth mothers that extend far past the adoption.
This is often accomplished through “post-adoption contact agreements,” which outline how a child and their adoptive family can communicate with the child’s birth family. A post-adoption contact agreement can take many forms, from an informal agreement to a written contract.
What kind of communication does a contact agreement allow?
In Florida, the courts can decide what type of communication is appropriate. Typically, an agreement will include provisions on visits, written communication, and telephone calls. A formal written agreement might lay out the type and frequency of contact an adoptive family deems appropriate.
Is a post-adoption contact agreement legally enforceable?
They can be. If the parties create a written contractual agreement, it must be approved by the court presiding over the adoption. In most cases, the contract becomes part of the final adoption decree.
Can an adoptive parent terminate the agreement?
Florida law does allow adoptive parents to ask a court to review the communication agreement if they believe continued contact is not in the best interests of the child. Any party can ask the court to modify the agreement or order the other party to comply.
An experienced adoption attorney can help all parties to an adoption create a future contact plan that fits their needs. For honest advice aimed at protecting your interests, ensure that you have an advocate on your side.