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As you may already know, there are laws in the state of Florida that are designed to protect children in adoption scenarios so that the right to a solid, stable environment is always the priority. The concerns and guidelines listed within adoption-related statutes are the realm of an adoption attorney.
Florida Adoption Act
The “legislative intent” of the Florida Adoption Act (basically the reason it was initially introduced by legislators) states, “[Florida] has a compelling interest in providing stable and permanent homes for adoptive children in a prompt manner, in preventing the disruption of adoptive placements, and in holding parents accountable for meeting the needs of children.”
As you can see, our adoption laws are squarely focused on the child’s best interests.
Although having a stringent set of legal expectations in place safeguards boys and girls when adoptions occur, the downside is that the process involves jumping through many legal hoops – possibly including the biological mother and/or father, private agencies that care for kids, and/or the Department of Children and Family Services. In other words, adoption lawyers can be extraordinarily helpful, if not vital, to seeing that your concerns are argued as soundly and aggressively as possible.
Unfortunately, adoption can be challenging. Beyond the legal concerns, it can be emotionally exhausting: parenting is a fundamental way that we find meaning in life and feel connected, so it can be frustrating when regulations stand in our way. Parents wanting to integrate a child into their current family, especially when the child is older or adopted from another country, may also worry about family dynamics.
A competent and concerned adoption attorney can openly, clearly, and specifically communicate the legal process to you so that you can establish a strong foundation in your case. They can perform the research needed to win your case so that your stress is minimized.
Going through the legal process associated with an adoption is heart-wrenching if you feel that you are vulnerable to losing a child based on technicalities in the law. At Fulmer & Fulmer, we scrutinize the specifics of your case so that your adoption doesn’t suffer from denials or unnecessary delays. Our father-son adoption lawyers have proven themselves in mediation and in trial, so your chance of a positive outcome is improved.
The basic framework of adoption law for the state of Florida is defined within the Florida Adoption Act (Title VI, Chapter 63). Other relevant statutes – laws passed by the state legislature – include the Social Welfare (Title XXX, Chapter 409) and Determination of Parentage (Title XLIII, Chapter 742) provisions.
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