Adoption Laws Florida
Newborn and infant (domestic)
Foster Children Adoption
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Adoption Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
What types of adoptions are there?
- Entity adoption- an adoption by a governmental agency
- Private adoption- an adoption by an attorney or home study provider
- Stepparent adoption
- Close relative adoption
- Adult adoption
How long is the adoption process?
Depending on the type of adoption, the average length of time it takes for the adoption to be completed is 3 months to one year.
Do both biological parents have to consent to the adoption?
An adoption may occur without the consent of the biological parents if their rights were terminated, the child is an adult, or the parents abandoned the child.
What is a close relative adoption?
A close relative adoption is when a person adopting a child is either the grandparent, uncle, aunt, or sibling of the child.
What are the requirements to adopt a child in Florida?
- You have to be an adult.
- You can be single or married.
- You can be heterosexual or homosexual.
- Anyone in the household 12 years or older must undergo a criminal background check.
- A home study is required unless it is a close relative or stepparent adoption.