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When adopting a foster child, your new child becomes a legal member of your family with the same rights and privileges as a biological child. All states have incentives and benefits to encourage families to adopt locally and from foster care. In most cases adoption is free, medical care and higher eductation are paid for, and there may even be a monthly stipend to help cover day to day expenses.

 

Considering Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful and rewarding way to grow a family. When you open your heart and home through adoption you are making a commitment to a child that will last forever. It is an important decision that requires considerable thought and discussion among the entire family. Adoption is a life changing experience that requires patience and preparation. Some steps on the road to adoption include: attending a 30-hour Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (M.A.P.P.) training to prepare for the parenting role. In most cases, these classes can be worked around your schedule. In addition, there is a background check and a home study (a story of your life). During this process a counselor will meet with all family members to discuss their reasons for wanting to adopt, parenting styles and other relevant factors. Requirements and benefits vary from state to state and from county to county, however the process is not as difficult or intimidating as many people think. If you would like to create or complete your family through public foster care adoption, give us a call and we will put you in touch with an agency in your area, 1-888-365-FAMILY.


Why Adopt from Foster Care?

  • Affordability - While private forms of adoption can cost upwards of $30,000, adopting from foster care costs little or nothing. Other cost associated with the adoption process may also be free.
  • Legally secure - Children are not made available for adoption until a court has already terminated the parental rights of their birth parents, this form of adoption is very secure.
  • Monthly financial support - Families that adopt will likely qualify for a monthly subsidy to help offset ongoing costs.
  • Tax Credit for Special Needs Adoptions - Parents who adopt children with special needs get a $11,390 credit, even if actual expenses were less.
  • FREE Health Care - All of the children who receive a monthly subsidy are eligible to receive health care through the Medicaid program until age 18 or 21.
  • PAID College tuition - Florida's children adopted from care are eligible for free tuition at any state university, community college or vocational school.
  • Community Support - Free orientation for new adoptive parents and 24-hour helpline.

* Sources: www.childnet.us and www.adoptflorida.org

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