National Adoption Month
By: Sara Canepa-Zenuni, Esquire
“Adoption is not about finding children for families, it's about finding families for children.”
– Joyce Maguire Pavao
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. The Department of Children and Families defines adoption as, “the act of creating the legal relationship between parent and child where it did not exist, thereby declaring the child to be legally the child of the adoptive parents.”
There are four different types of adoptions in Florida:
1.the entity adoption (an agency or intermediary facilitated adoption)
2.the step-parent adoption
3.the close relative adoption
4.the adult adoption
According to Florida’s Department of Children and Families, there were 2,626 children adopted during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. According to the National Adoption Day Organization, there are 110,000 children in foster care throughout the nation waiting for a forever home.
National Adoption Awareness Month works to increase the number of families willing to consider foster care adoption and celebrates the unique joy of creating families through foster care adoption. Whether adopting for the purpose of growing a family or adopting for the purpose of helping a foster child, we strive to acknowledge all individuals who open up their doors to adopt a child in need of a home.
Here at Compass Law, we guide individuals who want to adopt through with what may be a cumbersome and emotional adoption process. For individuals and families seeking to adopt, we recommend hiring an adoption attorney to represent you through the process of establishing a forever home for a child. At Compass Law, our goals and efforts are geared towards families, and we devote much of our time and effort to helping children in the foster system. Whether you are a foster parent or an individual seeking to adopt, our team at Compass Law is available to discuss how to adopt a child.