Miami Adoption Attorney

Every day, more children enter the foster care and are up for adoption in Miami. When you decide to add to your family and adopt a child, it is a big decision. To help you successfully work with the complexities of bringing a child into your life, you need the services of a miami adoption attorney. We can help, no matter what type of adoption you are planning.

Just as no two families are alike, no two adoptions are alike. There are several types of adoption including relative adoption, stepparent adoption, and international adoption.

Relative Adoption

Relative adoption is when a family member related by blood such as a grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, or other relative wants to adopt that child and be responsible for their care and upbringing. This form of adoption is considered least stressful on children and families. In the state of Florida, relatives who have what is known as the Third degree of Consanguinity, or the relatives of a child who are related to them through first, second and third degree of blood relations, can often adopt without the need of a home study. A relative adoption can be done in less time and at a significantly lower cost.

Stepparent Adoption

In families where a birth parent has remarried and a stepparent has assumed all of same duties and responsibilities of a birth parent, the stepparent will often wish to adopt the stepchild. Doing this creates a deeper bond between the child and the stepparent, creating a more stable and healthy environment for the whole family.

International Adoption

International adoption poses more challenges than the relative and stepparent adoptions because there is no specific relationship between the prospective parents and the child beforehand. Usually, there are requirements placed upon the adoptive family by the child’s country of origin, too. With our knowledge of immigration and family law, we are uniquely suited to help couples who want to adopt children from countries other than the United States.

Here are a few basic requirements to have a successful international adoption:

  • Children adopted from a foreign country must be adopted before their sixteenth birthday.
  • The adoptive parents must be able to demonstrate that they have supported the child for at least two years before the adoption is finalized.
  • A home study is a required part of all international adoptions. Our firm has experience in helping write home studies for both Hague and non-Hague Convention countries.

With over 20 years of experience in family law in Miami and surrounding areas, the Law Offices of S.G. Morrow and Associates can help you make the right decisions when it comes to adoption and immigration. Attorney Stephanie Morrow understands the laws and has dedicated her practice to the needs of her clients, doing everything in her power to make sure you receive a successful result.

If you’d like to find out more about the adoption process, have questions or concerns about immigration, or wish to address other family law matters like divorce, please contact miami adoption attorney at the Law Offices of S.G. Morrow and Associates today to set up a free consultation in English or Spanish.