Same-sex Adoption in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Adoption is an important way for many families to grow, including for same-sex couples. Among the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 of them have children in the household. Concerning adoption numbers, approximately 16,000 same-sex parents are raising 22,000 adopted children in the U.S. In total, gay and lesbian parents are raising 4 percent of adopted children in the U.S. and same-sex parents are four times more likely to raise adopted children than different-sex parents. Approximately 2 million gay and lesbian individuals in the U.S. would like to adopt children.

However, same-sex adoption is a personal and oftentimes important issue for many same-sex couples. In Florida, same-sex couples are able to file a joint petition for adoption. In addition, LGBT individuals are also able to file individual petitions for adoption. Florida does not have an explicit prohibition preventing a same-sex partner from petitioning to adopt their same-sex partner's child or a child from the same-sex couple's relationship.

Adoption is important because it can represent close bonds, but can also represent legal rights, financial responsibilities and recognition in many circumstances. The adoption process provides legal status that may not exist otherwise. Adoption can be important for both parents and children, but can also apply to different situations and relationships. Step-parent adoptions or other types of adoption are also available to help families recognize important relationships. The structure of families can vary and adoption is one way to legally recognize, and at times protect, what is important to families.

While adoption is a positive step for most families and in most circumstances, there can be challenges associated with adoption. The family law process provides resources for families to pursue adoption and it is helpful for them to understand those resources and the process of adoption.

Source:, "LGBT Adoption Statistics," Accessed April 18, 2016

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