Serving DeLand, Daytona Beach, Orlando & Central Florida for over 30 years

Adoption

Welcome to our office!

If 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.

STATE SUBSIDIES
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.