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Understanding Adoption in Florida Part 1: What is Adoption?

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Friday, January 9, 2015.

Family planning can be a significant consideration in the lives of many people. Because of the important role family planning plays, understanding the adoption process may be helpful. The details of the adoption process, and implications of adoption, may be something that many families wonder about.

By definition, adoption is the legal process that allows a child to legally become part of a family other than the family of the child's biological parents. Any individual under the age of 18 may be legally adopted and adults may also be adopted. Any adult who works in the state of Florida and is considered capable to be a parent according to certain standards may adopt. Both single individuals and married couples may adopt.

Adoption is an important decision because the legal impact permanently severs the ties of the child to the birth parents and permanently places the child legally within the adoptive family. In certain circumstances, however, depending on the nature of the adoption process, and if it is an open adoption, the birth parents may be able to continue to enjoy the right to communicate with and visit the adopted child. Through the adoption process, adoptive parents take on the care, guidance and financial responsibilities for the adopted child, as though that child were naturally born to them. Additionally, the adoption makes it as though the child was naturally born to the adoptive family and the child acquires all the rights of any natural-born child to the family.

Because adoption is an important consideration, with significant legal and emotional implications, it is useful to understand the process beforehand. Family law lawyers are able to assist families through a variety of significant life situations.

Source: The Florida Bar, "Adoption in Florida Pamphlet," accessed on Jan. 5, 2015

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