Hoping to Adopt A Child in Florida ?
While the adoption process can be complex and intimidating, you can count on Gulf Coast Adoptions to make at as smooth as possible. We’re a part of Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, giving you the peace and security of knowing you’re with one of the area’s largest and most trusted law firms. In addition, attorney Clay Whitaker and his wife experienced adoption firsthand four years ago where they encountered many difficulties. Gulf Coast Adoptions has become their opportunity to “do adoption right” and since 2016, they been helping couples successfully enrich their lives through adoption.
What are the steps to adopt in Florida?
Matching & Communications
Once Gulf Coast Adoptions is presented with potential matches or “situations” – either through direct contact with expectant mothers, adoption consultants, or other attorneys and agencies – we consult prospective adoption parents to determine whether they would like to be considered for the situation and whether we may submit their profile book to the expectant mother. At that time, we would also discuss any known health information, discuss relevant time periods and obligations, and discuss the anticipated cost of the situation. At times, the expectant mothers will make their adoption decision after solely reviewing the profile books. Although, more often than not, we arrange for further communications between the expectant mother and the potential adoptive parents, including by phone or video conferences.Once a match is made, Gulf Coast Adoptions works to ensure the expectant mother receives all support for which she is permitted under Florida law. This may include assistance for housing, clothing, transportation, and living and medical expenses. During the pregnancy, Gulf Coast Adoptions keeps a consistent line of communication open with both the expectant mother and prospective adoptive parents. We also recommend that the prospective adoptive parents communicate directly with the expectant mother to further strengthen their trust and bond. During this time, Gulf Coast Adoptions will also gather preliminary documentation to be used later during the adoption proceeding.