Countering the ‘Soft Stigma’ Against Adoption
This blog was originally posted on ifstudies.org. “What kind of mother would give her child up for adoption?” “The thought of my baby being out there, with total strangers, creates a lot more guilt than the thought of an abortion!” “I don’t know if I could love an adopted child like my own child.” “Adopted
Is Surrogacy Right For You?
When it comes to starting a family, there are many different parenting options to consider. Surrogacy is becoming a popular alternative for those who aren’t able to have children of their own but desire a biological child. At Hausmann and Hickman, we are adoption lawyers that specialize in surrogacy in Florida. Florida is one of
What Options Do I Have For Adoption In Florida?
Adoption in Florida can be a complex process. At Hausmann and Hickman, we understand how important it is for prospective parents to thoroughly research and educate themselves on all options, legal matters, and requirements concerning adoption. We are Florida Bar certified adoption lawyers that specialize in adoption with a focus on reproductive law. Our mission
How Is Adoption Through Adoption Lawyers Different From Adoption Through An Agency?
When choosing to adoption, prospective parents can retain an agency or utilize adoption lawyers to handle an adoption placement. Each adoption method offers unique services and benefits. Hausmann and Hickman is a law firm that specializes in all types of adoption and surrogacy. Prospective adoptive parents may be confused on the different roles that adoption
Adoption serves as a foundation for the lives of many remarkable people in our society. The decision to adopt is a very personal and significant moment in a family’s life, so it is important to think things over. We can see those who have made amazing strides in their respective fields. From athletes to entertainers,
What To Know About LGBT Adoption
Many couples desire to be parents and want to experience the joy of raising a child. Hausmann and Hickman’s child adoption services in Florida provide a full range of services to families of diverse backgrounds and situations, including single parents and same-sex couples. Hausmann and Hickman P.A. provides services which include private adoption, surrogacy, and
Financial Assistance Options For Birth Mothers
Florida adoption law allows birth mothers to receive financial support during pregnancy and for a period following delivery. Many birth mothers receive assistance with various expenses such as rent, groceries, and utilities that may be hard to afford due to difficulty working during pregnancy. Private adoption attorneys such as Hausmann & Hickman work with birthmothers
What You Need To Know About Surrogacy
When entering into a surrogacy arrangement, there are specific legal issues to consider. Each state varies in the legal requirements for creating a surrogacy agreement, and it is important to be informed of the specific requirements of your state. Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. has extensive experience drafting contracts, representing carriers and egg donors, and finalizing
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.