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LGBT couples could face increased adoption discrimination

Potential LGBT parents in Florida and across the country may be concerned about Congressional moves to hinder their ability to adopt. Across the country, around 114,000 of the 700,000 same-sex couples that share a home have children. While most gay parents are raising biological children, over 20 percent have adopted. In comparison, only 3 percent of opposite-sex couples are raising adopted children. Furthermore, nearly 3 percent of gay families are foster parents while only 0.4 percent of straight families are.

Same-sex couples and adoption

Florida same-sex couples who have children may want to consider second-parent adoption. This is a way of ensuring that a child who is biologically related to one but not both parents will legally be considered the child of both parents. According to the Supreme Court, every state must recognize second-parent adoptions from any other state, so this process will protect the parent-child relationship anywhere in the country.

Are you ready to adopt your stepchild?

Stepchild adoption is often the next step in forming a merging family unit. However, in many cases, it is not a decision made lightly. Succeeding in the role of a stepparent is the first step. Then, certain conditions must be met before the adoption will be officially approved.

You might not be able to choose who adopts your baby. Here's why.

If you are pregnant, the stress of finding the right, loving home for your baby is an understatement. Perhaps you have spent hours seeking out the right parents. Or, maybe you have already chosen a relative or family member to adopt your baby.

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.

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