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Adoption is an excellent way for an individual, couple, or family to welcome a child into their family. The legal process is very detailed, however, and should not be pursued without the counsel and guidance of an Orlando family law attorney. Adopting a child is not accomplished by simply signing a legal document, paying a fee, and taking the child home. Extensive prerequisites must be met before a child can become the legal son or daughter of an adoptive parent.


Once you have decided that you want to adopt, you must undergo the mutual approval process. You will be evaluated by the Florida Department of Children and Families and must also complete the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training class. MAPP is designed to help you understand the issues of adoption and decide whether or not you truly desire to adopt. MAPP also helps you understand the different adoptions options that are available so that you can choose between adopting one child, a group of siblings, or a child with special needs.

You will also be the subject of a home study by case workers from the department. You and any members of your family will be interviewed one or more times to ensure that you are ready to be an adoptive parent. The case worker will also interview your family, friends, and other references about you to ensure that you are the right parent for an adopted child. Should you meet all criteria, your application for adoption will be approved and you can begin searching for a child to adopt.

At this point, you will search through the list of department-sponsored children or expectant mothers seeking families. Once you decide that you want to meet a child, your adoption counselor will arrange the meeting. You will meet with a prospective child several times until all parties are ready to undergo a three-month adjustment period to see if you are ready to finalize the adoption and if the child truly desires to be adopted by your family. The adoption must then be finalized by a judge and you will receive the child’s birth certificate.


Adopting a child from another country is even more complex. Intercountry adoptions involve the Hague process as a means of protecting children and families, or the orphan process for children without parents. You will be required to travel to that country to meet the child before the adoption can be completed and you can bring them home the United States. The child will also need a nonimmigrant visa to enter the United States, or else must wait until the adoption process is complete in order for them to enter on an immigrant visa.


As you can see, the adoption process has many steps and possible complications that are best handled by an adoption lawyer. Fisher Legal Group can provide the counsel and guidance that you need to take the very first step and to pursue adoption all the way through the interviews, case studies, paperwork, visits, and final stages. With our help, you could welcome your new child into your home faster than you ever thought possible. Our firm promises to give its full attention and dedication to your case and will provide excellent and respectful service at all times. No case is too complex for us to handle, so do not hesitate to fill out our free case evaluation and learn what we can do for you. Contact us today!

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