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First FL gay Adoptive Parent Supports Federal gay Adoption Law

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Friday, June 14, 2013.

Family legal issues can be delicate and important to all of us.

The first Florida gay adoptive parent is now seeking to promote the federal law that would put an end to certain kinds of discrimination in the adoption and foster care placement systems. The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would prohibit discrimination in adoption and foster care placement based on gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status. Previously, the Florida man and his partner prevailed in their fight against the system in Florida to successfully adopt two boys the couple had been fostering. The bill is aimed at promoting child welfare, as currently an estimated 400,000 children annually are in the foster care system and 100,000 of them need an adoptive home. Currently, 39 states restrict the ability of same-sex couples to adopt and some estimates say 2 million LGBT parents might become foster or adoptive parents if the restrictions were removed and they were allowed to adopt.

An important family law legal issue is adoption. Adoption can be important to any individual and many couples seeking a family. Generally, any single adult or a husband and wife jointly can adopt a child. Age restrictions for the adoptive parents vary by state. There are many options for adoption, including through a public or private agency, adopting independently or adoption through a hybrid of the two wherein the adoptive parent or parents have identified a child to adopt but utilize agency resources to help them with the adoption process. Regardless of the type of adoption the parent or parents select, it is important to ensure that all the necessary legal paperwork is correctly performed.

Yet another way to adopt is as a same-sex couple. The process and procedures necessary for a same-sex couple to adopt currently vary widely by state, in large part due to the variance in same-sex marriage laws throughout the states. This variance sometimes creates differences in the legal relationship between same-sex couples when compared to heterosexual couples. Some states do not allow gay couples to adopt as legal and joint parents as heterosexual couples would be able to do. Because of this, it is important for same-sex couples to understand the adoption process where they live.

Family legal issues can touch all of our lives. Because of this, it is important to understand the laws surrounding such important issues, including adoption.

Source: South Florida Gay News, "Florida's First Gay Adoptive Parent Stands Up for Federal Law," Author Unknown, June 7, 2013

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