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Adopting a Foster Child in the State of Florida

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

In the United States, the number of children in foster care had been steadily declining.  However, recently that number has begun to increase again. The majority of that increase, approximately 2/3 of the increase, has occurred in five states. The state of Florida is one of those states. An increase in substance abuse is… Read More »

What Is The Florida Putative Father Registry, And How Can It Affect My Child’s Pending Adoption?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

What is the Florida Putative Father Registry? The Florida Putative Father Registry is a central state registry maintained within the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics. The purpose of the Florida Putative Father Registry is to allow a man, who believes he is the biological father of child who’s mother he is not married to,… Read More »

What’s Involved In A Home Study In Florida?

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

If you are thinking about an adoption in Florida, you will need to participate in a home study before you will be matched with any child.  Based on the name, most people think of this as a home inspection. However, a home study is actually much more involved that simply inspecting the home. A… Read More »

Adoption Dilemma: The Relationship between Children and Their Birth Parents

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

There are many circumstances that can surround adoptions, from single parents who gave up their child for adoption, to a married couple, one of whom has to adopt the child after their wife underwent artificial insemination, to stepparent adoption, etc. But what happens as the child gets older, and starts asking questions about where… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds LGBT Adoption

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

On March 7th, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that denied parental rights to a lesbian adoptive mother. The couple had conceived three children over the 16-year span of their relationship, where one was the biological mother and the other the adoptive mother. The final adoption decree, as administered… Read More »

Florida Adoption Changes Sent To Governor

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

A measure that passed the Florida House on March 2, 2016, and the state Senate last month, has now headed to the governor to sign. The proposal–SB 590–would effectively allow judges to place the best interest of the child above their biological parents in some adoption cases. Specifically, Florida is in a state of… Read More »

Fathers’ Rights in Adoption Proceedings

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Knowing your rights as a parent during adoption proceedings is crucial, particularly because it can determine the entire future for your child by severing ties with you as the birth parent. Typically, unmarried biological fathers must demonstrate a commitment to parenthood by establishing legal paternity rights in accordance with the law in order to… Read More »

Paternity Rights in Florida Adoption Proceedings

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Paternity proceedings provide rights and benefits to a child’s mother, father, and the child as well. Some of these benefits include child support, birth certificate information, potential insurance benefits, medical history information, etc. They also protect important custody and visitation rights. The Paternity Process If the mother is married, the law assumes the father… Read More »

Adoption Rights for LGBT Couples

By Sandra Bonfiglio |

Same-sex relationships have significantly altered the practice of family law, and Florida is no exception regarding the significant statewide changes it will endure. While same-sex marriage was only recently recognized throughout the state, same-sex couple adoptions have actually been recognized since 2010. Specifically, a Miami-Dade judge in the 3rd District Court of Appeals found… Read More »

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