DCF Adoption Lawyer in Pensacola, FL

Clay H. Whittaker of Gulf Coast Adoptions is an experienced DCF adoption lawyer in Pensacola, Florida. If you are a mother considering whether adoption is the right choice for your child, we invite you to contact our caring and compassionate team.

Learn about the benefits of DCF adoption and how it may be right for you and your child.

Lawyer for DCF Adoption

Lawyer Clay Whittaker and his wife Cheryl make an excellent team at Gulf Coast Adoptions. We know that you are looking to make the best decision for your child. The choice you make is thoughtful and personal.

You can have a lawyer represent you without judgment. We offer care and respect. We’re happy to talk with you for as long as you need to get all the information you feel is necessary and come away confident in your decisions. To learn about how we can help, contact a DCF adoption lawyer at Gulf Coast Adoptions today.

What is DCF Intervention?

Florida is unique in that it allows parents whose children are sheltered by the state to make decisions regarding the children’s adoption. In other words, DCF intervention, as the process is known, permits parties whose children have been taken into custody by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to work with adoption agencies and law firms to remove the children from the care of the state and place them in safe and caring homes.

Typically, DCF removes children from the custody of their parents due to allegations of neglect and abuse. Children who are sheltered by DCF are usually placed with foster families until the courts can make final decisions about what is in their best interest. If a biological parent’s parental rights are intact, they can sign a consent for adoption, allowing other parties to adopt the child through private adoption. The biological parents can choose who will adopt the child. In many instances, the prospective parents will be relatives of the child’s biological parents but other times, non-relative families are selected who are willing to maintain open adoption plans. Notably, if a parent’s parental rights have been terminated, they no longer are the legal parents of the child and do not have the right to consent to their adoption, select their adoptive parents, or make any other decisions regarding their care.

If a parent whose child is sheltered by DCF complies with the requirements for completing a consent form, the consent will be deemed binding, valid, and enforceable by the courts. After the form is completed, the adoption attorney can intervene in the child’s dependency case as a party in interest. The attorney must provide the court with the prospective parent’s home study, and any other information demonstrating the child’s placement with the intended parents is appropriate. The court will then conduct a hearing to determine whether the child’s placement with the prospective adoptive parents is in the child’s best interest. Regardless of whether the child’s biological parents chose the intended parents, the court will only allow the adoption to proceed if it determines that the intended adoptive parents are qualified to care for the child. Unless the parties agree otherwise or can demonstrate good cause for a deviation, a final hearing on the motion to intervene will be conducted within thirty days of when the motion is filed, and a final order on the motion will be issued within fifteen days after the hearing.

Counties We Serve

We can help parents considering DCF adoption in the following counties:

  • Escambia
  • Santa Rosa
  • Okaloosa
  • Walton

Whether you are a parent with a DCF case and you are considering your options, or you are a prospective adoptive parent already working with someone considering a DCF adoption, we welcome you to contact us for assistance.

Pensacola Lawyer Aiding People with Adoptions

Parents generally want what is best for their children. Unfortunately, though, some parents lack the desire or ability to care for their children properly. As a result, the state can decide to remove their children from custody. In some instances, even if a child has been placed in the state’s care, their biological parents can have a say in who adopts them through the process of DCF intervention.

Few things are as fulfilling as adopting a child from the child welfare system, but adoption through DCF intervention is a complicated process that should not be attempted without the assistance of an attorney. Clay H. Whittaker of Gulf Coast Adoptions is an experienced Pensacola adoption lawyer who understands the significance of the decision to adopt a child in need, and if you engage his services, he will work hard to help you seek a successful result.

DCF Adoption in Florida

A DCF adoption occurs when there is a pending case involving the welfare of a child. A parent can choose to place their child for private adoption. The adoption takes the case from the state’s authority. The parent chooses the adoption, and they choose the adoptive parents.

The parent works with a private adoption law firm, like Gulf Coast Adoptions, while still maintaining control over the process, ultimately determining what is best for their child.

The parent must choose to pursue DCF adoption before their rights are terminated.

How we help with DCF adoption

Gulf Coast Adoptions helps parents with DCF adoption. We know the law, but we know the system more than that. You have a difficult choice to make. You should have the information that you need to make the best choice.

Our team members will listen to you and talk with you – always with respect and without judgment. We care about parents. We help mothers and fathers consider their options. Our team knows what legal steps are needed. The understanding team at Gulf Coast Adoptions is by your side through everything.

Why would I pursue a DCF intervention adoption?

A DCF intervention adoption helps you in two important ways. First, you choose the adoptive parents. You choose based on the values that are most important to you. Second, a DCF intervention adoption allows the adoption to be open, leaving open the possibility of contact with the consent of the adoptive parents.

Meet with a Trusted Pensacola Lawyer

All children deserve to grow up in a safe environment with parents who can adequately care for and nurture them. Sadly, however, some children are born to parents who are unable to provide for their basic needs, and the courts must intervene and allow other parties to adopt them. If you have questions regarding adoption via DCF intervention, it is in your best interest to meet with a lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Clay H. Whittaker of Gulf Coast Adoptions is a trusted Pensacola adoption attorney who regularly handles complicated adoption issues, and he possesses the knowledge and resources required to help you pursue your intended outcome.

Our office is located in Pensacola, and we regularly help people with DCF interventions and other kinds of adoptions in cities throughout Florida. You can reach Attorney Clay Whittaker by phone or through our website form to set up a confidential and free consultation. You need someone who truly cares. That’s what you can expect with Gulf Coast Adoptions as your DCF adoption lawyer. Call or message us to talk to a friendly and understanding team member. We don’t use an answering service, so you can expect a team member to answer any time of day. Contact us now.

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