Steps to Becoming an Adoptive Parent
If you've wondered if you have what it takes to become an adoptive parent, now is the perfect time to find out. Opening your heart and home to the forever commitment of adoption provides an opportunity for you to give and receive love, provide a safe and secure home life for a child, and provide a child with a bright future.
Make the Call
Choose the phone number for your county from the list below. When you call, you will be referred to a adoptions professional who will share information with you about adoption and assist you in responding to some initial questions that will assist you in determining if adoption is right for you..
The adoptions professional will contact you and ask questions about different aspects of your life such as home size, income, and children already in the home. During this screening you will learn more about what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent, have an opportunity to ask questions, and decide whether or not this opportunity is right for you.
Begin Approval Process
If you and your adoption specialist agree that adoption is a great option for you and your family, then the approval process will begin. This careful process will include the following components and result in a Homestudy, which is a written document that captures important information about your family. The licensing process includes training, home inspection, income assessment, health assessment, background checks, and matching the needs of specific children with your strengths and capacity as a parent.
You will be required to attend MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) training, a 30-hour training program. Classes are offered at convenient times to meet diverse schedules. MAPP is designed to prepare potential foster and adoptive parents for their new role by providing information about children's feelings regarding their birth families, the realities of separation and attachment, the impact of incorporating a new child into day-to-day family life, and how to parent children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.
Your home will be checked for sanitation, health, fire prevention, and general safety.
While financial assistnce may be provided for adopted children with special needs, an adoptive parent cannot be dependent on these payments to care for their child. Adequate income is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Your physical and mental health will be evaluated to determine that you are physically and emotionally capable of parenting a child that may have specific needs.
Personal and employment reference checks will be conducted. Child abuse registry checks and fingerprint checks by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI will be conducted on all household members 18 years of age or older.
If the homestudy determines that you and your home are suitable for an adoptive child, then approval will generally be awarded as quickly as possible.
Once you have received approval to adopt, the adoptions professional will assist you in identifying available children that would potentially match you and your family.
The C2 Adoption contracted agency is Children's Home Society.
The C14 contracted adoptions agency is Life Management Center.