Does A Pending Adoption Affect Your Taxes?
It’s tax season, and many adoptive parents or prospective adoptive parents may have questions about how their adoption affects their taxes, and what they are able to claim for the year. We have good news: in some instances, adoptive parents are eligible to claim their adoptive child as a dependent even if the adoption has
What do you say to the woman who has agreed to make you a mother?
After months of waiting, you are notified that you have been “picked” as the adoptive family for a baby due next month. Caveat – she would like to talk with you on the phone…. Wow! Nothing could prepare you for the overwhelming sense of eagerness, excitement, and outright fear you are faced with at the
“My Children are in State Custody”: A Birth Parent’s Right to Choose the Right Family for their Child through Private Adoption
Having your parental rights taken away can make a parent feel like they no longer have any control over their child’s future. You can think of nothing else but your child and the kind of family he or she is with. You may be thinking: Is my child safe? Are the parents too strict or
What To Look For in a Surrogate Mother
You’ve struggled with infertility and have decided that surrogacy is the best option for starting your family. So where do you begin the search for a surrogate mother? Intended parents and surrogate mothers have a unique relationship that has the potential to create an amazing experience for both parties. Surrogate mothers and intended parents should
Pregnant & Thinking About Adoption?
Adoption is a loving parenting choice for a child. Many birth parents and expectant mothers consider adoption when they are not in the position to meet all of the emotional and financial needs of their child. Like many parenting decisions, the adoption choice can be a difficult decision. Birth parents often express a fear that
Adoption and Surrogacy for Same Sex Couples
A recent Sun-Sentinel article focused on the story of a same-sex couple in South Florida and their success in creating a family through surrogacy. After many attempts at conceiving through surrogacy they were able to have their first daughter, and recently they have also welcomed a set of triplets into their family. You can read their
Interracial Adoption: Is it right for my family?
Interracial adoption, sometimes referred to as “transracial adoption”, is the adoption of children of a different race from that of their adoptive parent, and it is becoming more common. In such case, parents adopt children who are not only of a different genetic line, but of a different racial background as well. Why adopt interracially?
Should I Become a Surrogate Mother?
News of surrogate parenting is everywhere and no longer are only the rich and famous able to afford it. With today’s medical technology and fertility clinics willing to assist patients with payment plans and cycle sharing, becoming a parent using artificial reproductive technology (ART) is easier than ever. Parenthood is an amazing gift to
The Florida Supreme Court Recognizes a Same Sex Couple’s Constitutional Right To Parent Their Children. D.M.T. v. T.M.H.
The Florida Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking opinion protecting every Florida Citizen’s Right to create and parent their own children free from discrimination based on marriage or sexual orientation. Today, individuals and couples choose to create their families in their own unique and personal way. Many couples turn to assisted reproductive technology and egg/sperm donation.
What is an Adoption Profile?
An adoption profile is a vital tool for being selected as an adoptive parent. Frequently profiles are shared with birth parents to help them get to know adoptive parents when they are trying to make a decision about the best adoptive family for their child. It is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to
Open Adoption? What Does That Mean?
“What do you mean, you have an open adoption?” “How does that work?” ” I would just take that baby and never look back.” “Aren’t you worried she’ll want to take her back?” “Is she confused on who her ‘real’ mom is?” These are just some of the things that I hear when I tell people
What is an Adoption Home Study?
You’ve accepted your infertility and are ready to adopt a child. What next? While adoption laws vary from state to state, all states agree an adoption home study on a prospective adoptive parent is required prior to the adoption of a non-relative. A home study has three primary purposes: to educate and prepare a family
Private Adoption Today
Private adoption today is nothing like it was in years past. Long gone are the days of “closed” adoptions, when newborns were whisked from the delivery room before a birthmother had an opportunity to request otherwise. Today’s birthmother directs her adoption plan, and in so doing provides her child the best future possible. How does
The Benefits of Working with a Florida Adoption Attorney – A Birth Mother’s Thoughts
I see ads all across Florida promoting adoption. As a birthmother and a proponent of adoption this is encouraging to me, but it also fills me with worries for prospective birthmothers. I had two wonderful placements, but I knew the key to those experiences was the one on one attention I got from the small
Alexa, A Birth Mother’s Perspective
My name is Alexa and I am a mother of five. I have placed three of my children for adoption and I am a stay at home mom for two. My journey to becoming a birth mother began in 2005. While going through a divorce we found out I was pregnant with a second child.
Amy, An Adoption Practitioner
Hi, I am Amy Hickman, one of the partners and attorneys. I am writing this blog to start a dialogue about important adoption issues. Over fifteen years ago, I decided to dedicate my career to adoption in an effort to better the adoption placement experience for each birth mother and adoptive family with a focus
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Adoptive and birth parents share information
Private adoption has changed dramatically.Today, adoptive parents and birth parents meet and share information before the child’s birth and agree to continue after the child’s placement. Communication in each adoption is essential to the child’s best interests and the individual comfort and ease of the parties.