Welcome to our office!
you are interested in adopting you probably have many questions and
wondering where to begin? What is the process? What are the things I
need to do first? What are the costs? What is a Home Study? Below is a
brief summary of what is needed to begin the adoption process.
THE PROCESS: The adoption process is not as difficult as
you may think, but it involves a lot of paperwork, and patience, too!
The following is a short list of the initial steps:
1) Contact Us.
2) Complete a Home Study. We can help you find a qualified social worker to assist you with this.
3) Create your profile/portfolio. We can provide you with samples and assistance with this.
4) After we have a positive Home Study report we will begin to
show your profile to prospective birth parents interested in personally
selecting a family for their baby.
You are welcome to call our office at (386) 738-1111
any time to discuss your questions about the adoption process, or to
schedule an appointment to meet with Attorney "Jake" Jackson in person.
We look forward to the opportunity to work with you in the adoption process and in adding to your family!
Thank you for your interest in adopting.
THE HOME STUDY: The Home Study process which qualifies you as
Adoptive Parent(s) includes the following: criminal and child abuse
registry background checks, reference letters, adoption education,
character verification, and meetings with a licensed social worker who
will complete interviews with you and inspect your home to verify that
you have adequate appropriate facilities to raise a child.
ADOPTION TAX CREDIT
Many families will qualify for the Adoption Tax Credit against
their Federal Income Taxes. This is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in
your tax bill for the expenses incurred in your adoption. Because tax
laws change frequently it is best to check with a tax professional or
your accountant regarding eligibility.
EMPLOYEE ADOPTION ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
In addition to the Federal Adoption Tax Credit, many employers
provide adoption assistance to cover a portion of the adoption expenses
as part of the employee’s benefits package. Check with your benefits
office regarding the availability of any such benefits.
Many children qualify for state sponsored subsidies to assist
families in adopting. These typically include Medicaid coverage,
assistance with legal expenses and a monthly stipend to assist with the
child’s living expenses. These benefits are available for older
children (8 years and older), sibling groups, special medical/emotional
needs children, and some children of bi-racial, multi-racial, and full
African American descent.