What Are Florida’s Adoption Requirements?

Whenever family law involves children, we invoke a common phrase. We frame everything according to the child’s best interest. This context allows us to make clear choices that benefit a parent. This is true for biologically related families as well as those who adopt. To protect our children, Florida has adoption requirements that families must meet. These requirements help prepare you for your coming responsibilities. If you are considering adoption, it would be good to inform yourself of the requirements.

In this article, we will cover your questions about Florida’s adoption requirements in a general and brief sense.

Who Can Adopt in Florida?

A diverse range of families adopts in Florida. An individual may be married or single, young or old, rich or poor. There is not one group of people that fits the metric of who can adopt, but some things will prevent you from adopting. These include things like lying on your application, felony convictions, or an unstable home situation. The exact qualifications vary depending on the kind of adoption performed, but all have some general requirements.

Do I Have to Be Married?

Florida does not have a marriage requirement for adoption. However, some adoption agencies have their specific requirements before agreeing to help. For instance, some agencies ask that married couples be married for at least two years. This is to help ensure the stability of a family. However, individuals can and do adopt in Florida.

Is There an Age for Adoption?

Not in Florida. Persons of any age can adopt or be adopted, though usually, the adopting party must be an adult. Exceptions are generally only made if the underage party is a spouse to a legal adult.

Do I Need a Certain Amount of Money to Adopt?

While there’s no minimum amount Florida looks at to allow for adoption, financial stability is necessary. Therefore, a home study will ask for any recent financial statements to prove that you can provide for a child.

Can Felonies Prevent Adoption?

Yes. Some felonies prevent adoption, even if the individual is not a parent. For example, if you live with somebody who has violent convictions, your adoption request may be rejected. This is true even if the person is not trying to adopt. Drug crimes, crimes against a spouse or child, and others can prevent adoption. You must be honest about past convictions, as dishonesty will disqualify you.

Are There Fees as One of The Adoption Requirements?

Community-driven care agencies typically do not charge for adoption or adoption training. You may have to pay attorney fees or court fees, but the state may reimburse these. The state may also reimburse you for birth certificate fees or travel expenses.

Generally speaking, most people can adopt a child. As long as you have a stable home and a loving and nurturing disposition, you can be a haven for a child in need. Some people grow into the role. There are, of course, more considerations to make. Sometimes legal issues arise involving. In any case, you can give us a call to help guide you in making the right decision for your family.