Do I need an attorney for adoption?

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Do I need an attorney for adoption?

Do I need an attorney for adoption?

Do I need an attorney for adoption?[/caption]Do I need an attorney for adoption?[/caption]I received a panicked phone call this week. Woman on the other end has been caring for a baby in her home for more than 6 months with just a notarized letter from the birth mom stating she has permission to keep her and get medical care for her. They were now moving forward with an adoption and she just learned from the courthouse clerk that she needs a home study. Of course, I told her all about how great we are and how to go about getting started…the usual stuff. Then she told me “we are handling our adoption on our own.” STOP right there.

“On your own? No attorney?” YUP.

When she asked the clerk at the courthouse, “Do I need an attorney for adoption?” she was told an attorney was not needed and she could handle this on her own. I told her that this person at the courthouse is not likely an attorney. I too, am NOT an attorney. However, I know that in Florida an attorney is REQUIRED when adopting a child that is not within the 3rd degree of relativity and not a step-parent adoption. Adoption is not something to mess around with. While I may have lost a client (she wasn’t too happy about the information I shared with her re: needing legal representation) it’s alright. I would rather lose a client because she didn’t like what I had to share versus the alternative…not saying anything at all when I know darn well she is going to face multiple hurdles trying to handle the legal aspect of her adoption. So anytime someone asks me in Florida, “Do I need an attorney for adoption?” The answer from me will always be a resounding YES!

Do I need an attorney for adoption?


Connecting Hearts Adoption Services provides home study services to families all across the state of Florida. We have provided support services from Gainesville to Miami and everywhere in between! We travel between Orlando, Ocala, Gainesville, Daytona, Melbourne, Lakeland, Tampa, Clearwater, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. We serve North Florida, Central Florida and South Florida. We have clients across Orange County, Seminole County, Marion County, Alachua County, Volusia County, Brevard County, Lake County, Hillsborough County, Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County.

Connecting hearts. Building families. It’s what we do!
www.connectingheartsadoption.com
407-733-8642

We provide adoption services to Florida prospective parents regardless of race, age, religion, sex, marital status, physical disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or income.

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