Adoption provides individuals with the opportunity to legally become parents, following the requirements set forth by Florida family law. There are various reasons why people choose to adopt. Some adoptive parents have longed to have a biological child for years, but have faced challenges in doing so. In
other cases, familial issues may arise, leading to the adoption of a family member such as a niece, nephew, or grandparent. Regardless of your circumstances, it is important to seek guidance from a knowledgeable lawyer regarding adoptions in Florida. Contact Raymond S. Grimm Esq.P.A. today for expert legal assistance.

How Adoption Works In Florida

Adoption, as defined by Florida law and most other states, is the legal process by which an adult becomes the parent and guardian of a child, assuming all parental rights and responsibilities. Once an adoption is finalized in Florida, the adoptive parent holds the same legal rights and responsibilities as a biological parent. This permanence makes adoption a significant and life-changing event.

There are various types of adoptions, each with its own terminology. It is important to familiarize yourself with the following terms commonly used in adoption

Stepparent adoption: When a stepparent adopts their spouse’s child.
Grandparent adoption: When a grandparent adopts their grandchild.
Relative adoption: When a family member of the child becomes the adoptive parent.
Foster care adoption: When a child is adopted from the foster care system or the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Adult adoption: When an adult child is legally adopted by another adult.
International adoption: When a parent in the U.S. adopts a child from another country.
Agency adoption: When the adoption process is facilitated through an adoption agency.
Open adoption: When the biological parent and the adoptive parent share information and may have contact.
Closed adoption: When no information is shared about the biological parent and no contact occurs between the parties.

Understanding these terms is just the beginning of comprehending the adoption process and the various possibilities it offers. In addition to adoption, depending on the personal situation, there may be other methods to assist families in being granted responsibility and authority to legally care for a minor. An attorney can help you determine the legal action that would be the best fit for your family. Contact Raymond S. Grimm Esq.P.A. today for expert legal assistance.