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Florida Adoption

Adoption in Florida

If you live in Florida and are pregnant and considering adoption, please visit our For Birthmothers page for more information on how the adoption process works.  

Looking for the right Adoptive Family for you?  Visit our View Waiting Families page to read profiles for adoptive families hoping to adopt a child.

Below is some brief information about adoption laws in Florida.  If you are an adoptive family and are just starting your adoption journey, visit our Adoptive Family Page to learn more about how adoption works.   Below is a list of Florida Home Study Providers if you are an adoptive family looking to take the first steps in your adoption journey.  

We appreciate that you have taken the time to stop by and certainly look forward to the opportunity to work with you.

Please note: Currently Florida state law does not allow out of state agencies to work with Adoptive Families or Birthmothers in the interest of adoption.  Only entities licensed by the Florida Department of Human Services are permitted to conduct adoptions.

Florida Adoption Law

When it comes to laws that govern Florida adoption, trying to find a quick and simple answer can be frustrating.  Trying to decipher what a specific adoption law statute means can be overwhelming.  Below is a quick summary to some of the most common Florida adoption laws.  NOTE: Under no circumstances should this information be relied upon as complete legal advice or applicable to your specific adoption.  It is intended only to be a reference and not definitive.

Consent to Adopt

Birthmother can sign consent anytime 48 hours after the birth with a social worker as witness. Birthfather can sign consent at anytime after the birth with a social worker as witness. Consent can be revoked at anytime prior to 3 days after signing, however; a court hearing is required to revoke consent. The state does have a birthfather registry.

Birthmother Living Expenses

Birthmother living expenses are allowed to be paid, however; $5,000 is the maximum allowable amount. Up to 6 weeks post partum expenses may be allowable.

Adoption Finalization

Florida Home Study Providers

In Florida, a Home Study is the first step in the adoption process.  Essentially, a home study is performed to ensure that you would be capable and appropriate parents to an adopted child.  A home study may be performed by the Florida Department of Human Resources, a licensed child placing agency, or an individual or agency licensed by the department to perform investigations

Over the years, Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions has built a national database of Home Study Providers. These are individuals that have proven to be professionals in their field. Based on our experience, they provide the most comprehensive and qualified home studies within their state.

This list is provided to you as a service in the interest of positive adoptions. All individuals and entities listed are independent and do not represent Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions in any way. Abby’s One True Gift Adoptions does not receive any fee or portion of the home study provider’s fee for making their contact information available to you.

Mary Rozycki

Adoption Professionals, Inc.
New Port Richey, FL
727 842-2055

Stacey Levine

Advocates for Children and Families
North Miami Beach, FL
305 653-2474

Jeannette Cohen

Alliance for children
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
954 390-6338

Rebecca Margulies

First Coast Adoption Specialists (JFS)
Jacksonville, FL
904 394-5763

Margot Logan

Forever Families Home Study Agency
Goldenrod, FL
407 977-8639

Adam Barnes

LDS Family Services
Orlando, FL
407 850-9141

Tonya Boggs

Options 4 Adoptions, Inc.
FL

Alice Murray

The Adoption Center
Shalimar, FL
850 785-0108