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Adoption revisited

Many Florida couples consider adoption when they cannot have children of their own. Others see little ones in need of homes and reach out from a sense of compassion and empathy. Whether you belong in the first category or the second, you may have a lot of questions as you wrestle with the idea of adding to your family through adoption.

The Florida Bar addresses many concerns for you, if you are a family pursuing adoption. First, the Bar defines who is eligible to adopt, and it may surprise you to learn that singles qualify just as well as married couples. Since the qualifications do not depend on a specific marital status, what else does the State of Florida mandate?

Those who can adopt, the Florida Bar says, are "adults who live and work in the state, are of good character and have the ability to nurture and provide for a child." As you can see, these limitations are quite broad, allowing many Florida residents to qualify to bring an orphaned child into their families. 

If you are planning to adopt, then, what else should you know? The Florida Bar goes on to discuss who has to give their approval for an adoption to take place, and although the list is not so long, the caveats that go along with it are many.

The birth mom, of course, must give her consent. If certain conditions are present, the birth father must also. Those conditions include his marriage to the mother at the time they conceived the child. If he has filed for paternity, he must also consent to any adoption that takes place.

This information solely seeks to educate about adoption in Florida and does not offer legal advice. 

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