Q: Who can be an adoptive parent?
A:Individuals that are willing to support a special child, and able to offer their time, attention and understanding to that child. Adoptive parents may be young or old, single or married, with or without children, and must have completed Florida's FREE standardized course of PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) training. A family's annual income isn't as important as their ability to open their hearts and homes to a special child.
Q: What types of children are in need of adoptive families?
A:Typically children available for adoption range in age from 10-17; are members of sibling groups and have medical or mental health needs.
Q: What type of assistance is offered to the children and their adoptive family?
A:Children and their adoptive families receive support from adoption professionals, which may include referrals for individual therapy, support groups and paid medical.
Q: How long does the entire adoption process take?
A:In most cases, the entire process takes between 8-12 months before a child's placement in your home is finalized.
Q: Is adopting a child expensive?
A:In the State of Florida, all children classified as "special needs" are adoptable by a qualifying family with little or no cost. All major expenses related to the adoption process are paid by the State and the family normally incurs costs only for outings with the child, the purchase of any gifts, etc.
Q: What happens once the adoption is finalized?
A:Once finalized in a Florida Court of Law, the child becomes a permanent member of the adopting family, affording parents all rights and responsibilities that would come with a biological birth child.
Q: Does the adopted child or family receive any benefits?
A:In most cases, the State of Florida offers a monthly subsidy to assist with some of the costs associated with adopting a child with special needs. Most children are eligible for Medicaid Health Insurance and, with minimal qualification, four years of college tuition at a State funded college or university.
For more information on our children waiting to be adopted, please contact: us at 904.421.5839.