Since its enactment in 1993, The Family Medical Leave Act has evolved. Taking time off following the addition to a family is encouraged instead of derided. Adoptive parents are also afforded the benefit. Many employers have stepped up to pay them during the all-important sabbatical.
While adoption once carried a stigma, attitudes have changed over time. Today, the distinction between birth parents and adoptive parents is negligible, if it even exists at all. Whether mothers and fathers are coming home after a judge’s decree or birth, the initial months together helps to establish a lifelong family bond.
The process surrounding adopting a child involves lengthy and complex paperwork with mandatory home studies and page after page of documents to complete. Prospective parents already enduring a prolonged process do their best to patiently wait for that longtime light at the end of a tunnel.
Prior to the state senate’s holiday break last month, Wilton Simpson, then-Senate President-designate from Trilby, filed what he considers his “centerpiece legislation.” For adoptive parents seeking a less complicated process, it was welcome news, if not an early Christmas present.
When you start down the path toward adoption, your goal is to welcome a child into your lives. If all goes according to plan, you, your spouse and your new child will become a healthy, loving family.
Not every Florida couple can give birth. Some couples will need to look at other options to fulfill their dreams of becoming parents. If you’re among these couples, you might have considered adoption. But that’s not your only option in Florida. You may also choose to work with a surrogate.
If you’ve decided to place your baby for adoption, the last thing you want is to find yourself caught in a legal battle with the baby’s father. So, what should you know about unmarried fathers’ rights?
Many birth mothers who place their children into adoption do so after unplanned pregnancies. Their pregnancies catch them by surprise and force them to ask some tough questions. Should they keep the baby? Abort it? Or place it for adoption? These questions are hard for anyone, especially for young women suddenly faced with the idea of becoming moms.
Choosing to place your baby up for adoption is a big deal. There are plenty of good reasons why mothers choose adoption, but no one should ever suggest the decision isn’t large or difficult. Even when you know adoption is best for both you and your baby, it’s normal to experience moments of doubt or regret. So how can you cope?
Floridians know there is no love stronger than that between a parent and a child, even if the child isn’t biologically related to them.