Pregnant and Considering Adoption?
Embarking on the journey of adoption, especially when pregnant and considering adoption for your child, can be challenging. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., experienced Florida adoption attorneys, are dedicated to guiding you through this process. Our firm’s private adoption placement program is designed to support you if you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption. This program allows you to choose an adoptive family for your child, and create a personalized adoption plan tailored to your wishes and needs.
When considering adoption, it is crucial to have a plan that aligns with your desires for your child’s future. With Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., you have the opportunity to match with an adoptive family that resonates with your values and expectations. You will be able to consider factors like the adoptive family’s background, lifestyle, and the level of openness you desire in the adoption. Our firm’s expertise in Florida adoption ensures a smooth and respectful matching process. Whether you envision regular updates through pictures and letters or even annual visits, the Florida adoption attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. are committed to helping you find the ideal family for your child.
For those pregnant and considering adoption, it’s important to know that Florida law permits adoptive families to assist with living expenses. This assistance may include rent, food, utilities, maternity clothing, and other necessary expenses. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. will work closely with you to develop a budget, helping with authorized financial expenses during and after your pregnancy. Additionally, the law allows adoptive parents to cover any pregnancy-related medical costs not covered by insurance, ensuring you receive the care you need without financial stress.
Choosing to place a baby for adoption is a significant decision, and it’s essential to have access to emotional support throughout this journey. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. works with compassionate, experienced counselors to provide mental health support, ensuring you feel empowered and cared for every step of the way. Understanding your legal rights is a critical aspect of the adoption process. As Florida adoption attorneys, we will assist you in obtaining independent professional legal representation, at no cost, to guide you through the legal aspects of adoption.
Under Florida adoption law, consent for adoption can only be given after the child’s birth. A birth mother must wait 48-hours after her child’s birth or hospital discharge, whichever comes first, before signing a consent for adoption. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. ensures that all legal protocols are meticulously followed, respecting your rights and decisions throughout the process. If you choose, the baby can be placed directly with the adoptive family from the hospital. The Florida law provides adoption consents signed for children under six months, are binding and irrevocable. For children over six months, a three-business day (any day U.S. Postal Service accepts certified mail) period is allowed for consent revocation. The firm’s expertise in navigating these legal nuances is invaluable for anyone pregnant or parenting a child and considering an adoption placement.
Creating an adoption plan is a deeply personal decision. If you are contemplating this step, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is ready to provide guidance, answer your questions, and support you in exploring all options. Our commitment to personal attention, combined with extensive experience in Florida adoption law, makes our firm an exceptional choice for anyone considering adoption. With our assistance, you can embark on this journey with confidence, knowing that your needs and the well-being of your child are of paramount importance.
If you find yourself pregnant and considering adoption, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. offers a compassionate and professional path forward. Our role as Florida adoption attorneys is not just about legal expertise; it’s about providing a supportive, respectful, and informed environment for you to make the best decisions for yourself and your child. We are dedicated to ensuring that your journey through the adoption process is handled with the utmost care and consideration, honoring your wishes and providing the support you need every step of the way.
Florida Adoption – Baby Adoption in Florida
Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., an established firm of Florida adoption attorneys, has helped adoptive parents grow their families through baby adoption in Florida for over two decades. Our expertise in Florida adoption law and commitment to facilitating a smooth adoption process have made us a trusted choice for those looking to grow their families.
Florida adoption with Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. begins with an initial application and a personal consultation. Here, prospective adoptive parents can discuss their unique adoption goals and learn about the specifics of Florida adoption law. Understanding these laws is crucial, as Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. assist and guide every step of the adoption process, ensuring legal compliance and the best interests of all parties involved.
Once you have decided to proceed with Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., you will enter into our extensive birth mother outreach program. This program match birth parents with the ideal adoptive family. Our firm’s Florida adoption attorneys are experienced in working with a diverse range of families, including LGBTQ+ families, single and married individuals, and out-of-state families. However, due to matching difficulties, we do not accept adoptive applicants over the age of 50 or gender-specific requests for the adopted child.
An essential part of the adoption process is the home study, which is mandatory for all prospective adoptive parents. This comprehensive evaluation includes criminal and child abuse clearances, physical evaluations, and assessments of financial stability. It’s important to note that a home study in Florida is valid for one year, and this is a critical step in ensuring the suitability of adoptive parents.
When considering baby adoption in Florida, many prospective parents are curious about the timeframe for an adoption match. The wait time can vary greatly due to a variety of factors, both controllable and uncontrollable. Preferences set by the adoptive parents, such as the background of the baby and the biological family can impact the waiting period. Birth parents usually compile a “prospective family list” detailing the qualities they seek in an adoptive family. Families who match these preferences and who have waited longer may be given preference in the matching process.
Under Florida adoption law, a birth mother’s consent for adoption can be signed no sooner than 48 hours after delivery, unless she is discharged from the hospital earlier. For children under six months of age, this consent is permanent and irrevocable once signed, barring cases of fraud or duress. The finalization of the adoption in Florida can occur after a 90-day post-placement supervision period and 30 days following the entry of the Final Judgment Terminating Parental Rights. This typically means that the finalization process occurs approximately 120 days after the child has been placed with the adoptive family.
Hausmann & Hickman, P.A.’s approach to baby adoption in Florida is characterized by a deep understanding of the emotional complexities and legal intricacies involved. Our role extends beyond legal guidance; we provide a supportive environment where prospective parents can navigate the adoption process with confidence and clarity. For anyone ready to embark on this life-changing journey or seeking more information about baby adoption in Florida, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. invites you to reach out to our office. With our expertise and compassionate approach, we stand ready to guide you through each step of growing your family through adoption.
Florida Surrogacy Law – Florida Surrogacy Attorneys
Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is an established law firm that provides expert legal services in matters of Florida surrogacy and reproductive law. Surrogacy in Florida has become one of the fastest-growing methods of creating a family, especially for those who wish to maintain a biological connection to their child. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. has a proven track record in drafting contracts, representing carriers and egg donors, and finalizing third-party reproductive arrangements under the purview of Florida surrogacy law.
When it comes to Florida surrogacy, our firm has represented a diverse range of intended parents, including traditional families, single intended parents, and same-sex couples, both within the United States and internationally. Our expertise in Florida surrogacy law ensures that every agreement we create meets the specific needs of your reproductive arrangement. The Florida surrogacy attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. possess extensive knowledge and experience in reproductive law, enabling our firm to craft agreements that thoroughly address the legal rights and responsibilities of both the intended parents and the surrogate mother. This ensures that all legal requirements for a Florida surrogacy arrangement are meticulously met.
With surrogacy in Florida, it’s essential to have separate legal representation for intended parents and surrogates. Although surrogacy arrangements are typically friendly and amicable, it is important to have professionals guide discussions about expenses and potential challenges. Florida surrogacy law stipulates specific requirements for a surrogate, often referred to as a gestational carrier or volunteer mother. These requirements include the surrogate being at least 18 years of age, though most fertility doctors have additional criteria to determine suitability for surrogacy. This typically includes being under 40 years of age, having had 1-3 uncomplicated pregnancies, maintained a healthy lifestyle, and possessed a supportive environment, among other factors.
The Florida surrogacy attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. do not match intended parents with gestational surrogates. Instead, we handle the legal aspects for clients who have independently found a match or have been matched through an agency. Our firm is frequently referred cases from fertility clinics, surrogacy matching agencies, and other attorneys practicing reproductive law but unable to finalize surrogacy arrangements. Once a match is made, we draft a comprehensive contract between the intended parents, the surrogate, and her spouse (if applicable). Our services also include preparing supporting affidavits, medical record releases, and healthcare advance directives, as well as guiding the intended parents’ involvement in the surrogate’s pregnancy and ensuring they are responsible for the child’s medical expenses.
Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. remains actively involved throughout the surrogacy process. From around 24-30 weeks of gestation, we initiate the legal proceedings in Florida to secure a Pre-Birth Order. This order is crucial as it authorizes the intended parents’ immediate access to the child upon birth and directs medical providers to seek payment for the child’s medical expenses from the intended parents. Following the child’s birth, our Florida surrogacy attorneys return to court to request a final order amending the child’s birth certificate to reflect the intended parents’ parentage.
The role of Florida surrogacy attorneys in this process is invaluable. We provide the necessary legal expertise and guidance to ensure that each surrogacy arrangement complies with Florida surrogacy law and that the rights and interests of all parties are protected. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A.’s commitment to our clients extends beyond mere legal representation; we offer a supportive and informed pathway for those seeking to grow their families through surrogacy in Florida. For anyone considering this route, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A is ready to provide expert legal assistance, ensuring a smooth and legally sound journey towards building your family.