FAQ

Are there age, marital, religious or other restrictions?

No;  however, for over three (3) decades, there has been a statutory prohibition in Florida that forbids homosexuals from adopting.

 

Recently, in September 2010, this specific statutory prohibition was found unconstitutional by a Florida appellate court, as a result of which the State of Florida now has announced that the ban on homosexuals adopting no longer will be enforced. 

 

What time is needed to process ICPC?

In order for ICPC paperwork to be filed, all required documents must be submitted together.  ICPC cannot begin until one or both birth parents’ rights have been surrendered, depending on the situation involved.  In addition, some of the items required for submission are not available until the day the baby is released from the hospital, including discharge paperwork and medical records.  Only when these items become available can the ICPC package be completed and sent out.  Once the ICPC paperwork has been submitted, it takes an average of 7-10 business days to process.

What is the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)?

The ICPC is a uniform law drafted in the 1950's, which today has been enacted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ICPC contains 10 articles, which establish the procedures for interstate placements and assign responsibilities for all parties involved in placing a child for adoption. The ICPC applies only to children who are placed for adoption across state lines, but not to placements made with a parent, stepparent, grandparent, or other close adult relatives.

What is the Indian Child Welfare Act?

The ICWA is a federal law that was enacted in 1978 to protect American Indian children who are members of or are eligible for membership in an Indian tribe from being placed for adoption with non-Indian families. The ICWA allows for a tribe to intervene in a termination of parental rights proceeding and, in some cases, allows for jurisdiction to be transferred to the tribe. In order to determine that a child placed for adoption does not fall within the ICWA, we request information from the birth parents as to whether they, or their relatives, are eligible for tribal membership.

How much does adoption generally cost?

While the costs attendant with an adoption are wide-ranging and impacted primarily by the birth mother’s living and medical expenses, there are a variety of funding sources, some of which are listed below, over and above the very attractive and general tax benefits outline earlier in this section. 

 

These funding sources include but are not limited to grants from entities like: 

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