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Adoptive parents could be eligible for federal tax credit

The cost of adopting a child can vary greatly for families in Sarasota, and elsewhere, based on a number of factors, including the age of the child, the type of adoption, the circumstances of the adoption, and the type of facilitator or placement agency that is used. According to the Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children, Youth and Families, adoption expenses can range from minimal to more than $40,000. For some prospective adoptive families, the costs of adoption may make it difficult to afford.

What is the difference between an open and a closed adoption?

Most readers are aware that adoption is the process by which a legal parent-child relationship is established between the child, who is being adopted, and the adoptive parents. Once finalized, this creates a legal relationship that is equal to that of the relationship between biological parents and their child. According to an annual report by the U.S. State Department, in 2012, the last year for which statistics were available, U.S. families adopted over 7,000 children. With each child, who is put up for adoption, the birth mother must also decide whether the adoption will be open or closed. In the state of Florida, this is largely done through Florida's Adoption Reunion Registry, which is a state registry for people, who are affected by an adoption, to list their information in order to allow for reunions.

After long-running dispute, adoptive parents to keep son

There are regulations and processes in place to help ensure that a biological parent cannot come back years down the road to take back a child who has been adopted by another family. Even with these guidelines in place, however, there are still cases in which adoption issues arise. In these cases, adoptive parents in Florida, and other states, may be at risk of losing a child they have cared for and grown to love to that child’s biological parents.

Despite adoption approval, couple unable to bring daughters home

Many readers in Sarasota are likely aware that adopting a child can be a long, arduous process for prospective parents and their families. This process can be even more complicated for families who choose international adoption, because of both tighter restrictions and increased scrutiny. Boundaries established by the Hague convention, as well as growing concerns from other countries about abandonment and child trafficking, have put serious limitations on international adoptions.

Marriage ban causes adoption issues for same-sex couple

Many couples choose to adopt a child. In Florida, opposite-sex couples are able to jointly adopt, which gives both parents parental rights. Since same-sex marriages are not recognized in the state, however, gay and lesbian couples are not allowed this option for adoption. Instead, one of the partners must first solely adopt the child and then the other partner is able to use a second parent adoption to gain custody. While this provides a path for same-sex couples to adopt a child together in Florida, in other states that do not recognize gay marriage, the process could be even further complicated or, in some cases, impossible.

Man claims state law allowed mother, others to kidnap daughter

Parents in Sarasota and other cities throughout the US typically have a legal right to make major decisions for their child, unless they have given up their parental rights or have had them revoked. One such right is to be involved in the decision of whether or not to give their child up for adoption. In some cases, however, state laws enable birth mothers to take this choice completely out of the father’s hands, which can result in adoption issues down the line.

Pope suggests same-sex couple may be good parents

For some people in Florida as well as throughout the United States, to adopt a child can be the only path to parenthood. Whether a stepparent adoption, domestic adoption, international adoption or other, the process can be complex and many factors can come into play to determine the ultimate outcome. An adoption court can sometimes rely on a psychologist to help identify what is in the best interests of the child while at other times a prospective adoptive parent is at the mercy of the laws of a foreign nation.

Adoptions face challenges from the Internet

Many Florida residents choose adoption as their route to becoming parents. The reasons for such choices are many and the rewards of adopting a child can be great yet the adoption process itself can be filled with challenges at times. Waiting lists, individual country laws governing an international adoption and other factors can leave many a prospective adoptive parent frustrated. While it would be nice to think that such problems are behind once an adoption is finalized, that may not always be the case.

International adoptions encouraged by Secretary of State

Many Florida couples, like other couples around the country, look at adoption as their means for becoming parents and having a family. Whether international or domestic, adoption can offer opportunities to adoptees and adoptive parents alike. Some families even choose to adopt children if they can successfully have their own biological children and other families rely solely on adoption.

Florida recognized for foster child adoption success

Florida parents that adopt children understand the rewards and benefits of adoption and the gift that they give to the children that they adopt and that they receive in return. Numerous organizations domestically and internationally work to place children in adoptive families. Some are privately run and others are government funded and operated.

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