Florida Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in Florida

Presently, there are about 800 children in foster care in Florida available for adoption.

Florida law does not indicate an age limit to adopting, it indicates an “adult” is allowed to adopt. The main requirements for an adoptive family are background and financial checks, as well as  the home study. Another requirement for every prospective adoptive parent before a child can be placed in their home is the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) training, a class of 24 to 30 hours to help adoptive parents understand the types of issues they might encounter with an older or special needs child, and to give them some tools to help cope with these situations. The typical time frame is six to eight months for the entire process.

After the application has been approved, the applicants will join a pool of waiting families.

There are several types of adoption open to prospective adoptive parents; domestic infant adoption, domestic older child or special needs adoption and international adoption.

A stepparent may adopt without his spouse joining in the adoption as long as the spouse consents to the adoption. A married person may adopt without the other spouse if the spouse’s failure to consent is excused by the court.

In the case of a special needs child, Florida residency is not required. Florida law prohibits homosexuals from adopting a child. Handicapped people may adopt too, unless the Department of Children and Families determines that the handicap makes him or her incapable of being an effective parent.

Adoption Attorneys in Florida

The Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.

Florida Adoption Law Group, P.A.

Law Office of Mary K. Wimsett

The Law Office of Tammi J. Driver, P.L.

Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC

Law Office of Karen Persis, P. A.

Hausmann & Hickman, P.A.

Fournier Law, PLLC

All Family Law Group, P.A.

Shorstein & Kelly, P.A.

Foster Care in Florida

There are about 14,000 children in foster care in Florida and about 750 of children waiting for permanent placement are without identified families.

In Florida, persons are eligible for foster parenting if they:

  • Are at least 21 years of age
  • Consent to criminal and child abuse registry checks
  • Are financially able to provide for their present needs and family emergencies
  • Permit a health inspection of their home
  • Have enough physical space in their home to accommodate children
  • Attend required training sessions
  • Are willing to meet with a licensing counselor through the Homestudy process to determine if fostering is appropriate for them and their family
  • Have a willingness to work in partnership with everyone involved in the child’s life to meet his/her needs
  • Are dedicated to helping a child be reunified with his/her biological family or if that is not possible, with an identified adoptive family
  • Are single, married, divorced, or widowed

Requirements for foster and adoptive parents also include a Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting course (24 to 30 hours) and in order to become foster parents prospective foster parents must become licensed by completing a licensing study.

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

4KIDS

4KIDS is a Christian foster care agency. They offer foster care services to temporary orphans by identifying, training, licensing and providing continuing education for foster families, placing children in licensed foster homes, providing support services for children and their biological and foster families and providing specialized foster homes for teens.Currently, the service areas of 4KIDS of South Florida includes Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River.

Both parents within a family must attend 4KIDS Foster Parent Training designed to promote partnerships in parenting and help the agency and prospective foster parents mutually decide on the best path for their family. Potential foster parents must complete Adult/Infant/Child CPR.

2717 West Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954.979.7911
Email:  info@4KIDSofsfl.org

A Bond of Love Adoption Agency, Inc.

ABL is a non-profit, licensed child-placing agency that serves both birth parents and prospective adoptive couples.

ABL provides a full array of services for adoptive couples throughout the United States. They include: home studies for both agency and independent adoptions, social assessments, counseling and education. For adoptive families seeking to adopt a child in a state other than where they reside, ABL will handle the Interstate Compact and coordinate legal services to ensure a continuity through-out an interstate adoption.

4017 Swift Road
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Phone: (941) 957-0064
(800) 225-4543
Email: info@abondoflove.org

A Chosen Child, Inc.

A Chosen Child is a Central Florida private non-profit adoption agency providing a full range of services to birth parents and adoptive families and safe and loving homes for babies and older children, including sibling groups. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, and founded on Christian principles, A Chosen Child brings together birth parents and families who are interested in adopting children through our domestic adoption programs, including open adoption, semi-open adoptions and closed adoptions.

1516 E. Colonial Drive
Suite 200
Orlando, Florida 32803
Phone: 407-894-1599
1-800-339-3821
Email:  Clara@AChosenChild.com

AdoptInternational

AdoptInternational is a licensed child-placing agency in the state of Florida, handling Kazakhstan and Guatemala adoption and placement of children from Liberia and Azerbaijan. The agency also provides home study and post-placement services.

2000 S. Dixie Highway
Suite 104
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
Phone: (305) 358-2442

License #: AI 0807 5268 02

Adoption Advocates

Adoption Advocates is a private full service adoption agency that places primarily newborns and also performs homestudies, post placement reports and pre-adoptive education and supportive counseling for birthparents and prospective adoptive parents.

11407 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, Florida 33778
Largo phone: 727-391-8096
Tampa phone: 813-287-8096
Email: adoptme@verizon.net

Adoption STAR

Adoption STAR is a non-profit (501-c3) New York State Authorized, Florida and Ohio Licensed, COA HAGUE Accredited Adoption Agency providing adoption services to those residing nationwide.

Adoption STAR offers comprehensive services to adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees, and the community at large. These services include domestic infant and international placement programs, adoption home studies, post placement supervision, counseling, pre-and-post parenthood education, trainings and in-services for medical professionals, educators and others in the community, adoption support groups, social groups, online support groups and other social media sites, newsletters, a resource library, and more.

1040 Bayview Drive,
Suite 318
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Phone: 954-566-6055
Email: info@adoptionstar.com

Adoption by Shepherd Care

Adoption by Shepherd Care is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit agency that provides competent and compassionate adoption services to birth parents, prospective adoptive parents, and children needing a forever family.

Adoption by Shepherd Care’s main program areas include:

  • Comprehensive services to expectant parents making an adoption plan
  • Domestic Adoption Services
  • International program in Colombia
  • Other services including domestic and Hague-approved international home studies, post adoption supervision, and pre-arranged adoption services.

5935 Taft Street
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-981-2060
Email:  donna@adoptabsc.org

1088 E Altamonte Drive
Suite 102
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Phone: 407-265-9599
Email:  donna@adoptabsc.org

Advocates for Children and Familes

ACF is a licensed, private adoption agency that provides professional adoption services to birth mothers, adoptive parents and children. The ACF staff is comprised of adoption attorneys, licensed mental health professionals and support staff who are specially trained in the field of adoption. A recognized charity under the federal tax code, ACF accepts tax deductible donations.

ACF services for adoptive parent include:

  • Home Studies
  • Interstate Compact
  • Intercountry Adoption
  • ReAdoption
  • Relative/Stepparent Adoption
  • Second Parent Adoption
  • Adoption Training

16831 Northeast Sixth Avenue
North Miami Beach, Florida 33162
Phone: (305) 653-2474
1-800-348-0467
E-Mail: info@adoptionflorida.org

Alliance For Children

Alliance For Children is a full-service, private, Hague-Accredited, nonprofit adoption agency licensed to conduct home studies for people living in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas, to place children born domestically and internationally with adoptive families throughout the US, and provide counseling services to birth parents nationwide.

3191 Coral Way
Suite 617,
Miami, Florida 33145
Phone: (305) 569-0767
Email: info@allforchildren.org

AmericanKidz Adoption Services

AmericanKidz is a full service adoption agency licensed in the state of Florida as AmericanKidz Adoption Services, Inc. The agency provides services in areas, such as:
• Consultation and Education
• Home Studies
• Post Placement Services
• Assistance and Referral for Training Classes
• Assistance with Background Screenings
• Assistance in matching you with a Child who is right for your family
• Referrals for Community Services
• Consultation and Education

4201 4th Street North, Suite 4
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: 727-823-1537
Email: calcuttadopt@att.net

Building Families Adoption Agency, Inc. 

Building Families Adoption Agency, Inc. seeks to build families through adoption by preparing and advocating for those involved in the adoption process, whether it is those interested in adopting or pregnant women or couples considering placing a child with an adoptive family.

The types of adoption the agency assists clients with are Open Adoptions, Close Adoptions, and Domestic Adoptions.

2920 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803 US
Phone: (863) 937-9100
Email: info@adoptinflorida.com

Cornerstone Adoption Services, Inc.

Cornerstone Adoption Services, Inc. is a licensed placing agency that offers full adoption services for Florida residents and everything but Home Study and post-placement services to non-Florida residents.

The offered services  include:

  • Home Study Services (Florida residents only)
  • Domestic Adoption
  • Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption
  • Adoption Education
  • Dossier Preparation and Review
  • Adoption Travel Assistance
  • Complete in-country Facilitation of your adoption
  • Post-placement interviews and reports

219 Delta Court, ‘B’
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone:  (850) 524-5437
(850) 980-5472

Embraced by Grace, Inc.

Embraced by Grace, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non profit Florida Christian Adoption and home study agency that offers services to adoptive parents and birthmothers. The agency provides both domestic and international adoption services (including Bulgaria, Uganda, Ukraine and Colombia adoptions).

620 North Wymore Road
Suite 220
Maitland, Florida 32751
Phone: (407) 628-9051
Email: admin@embracedbygrace.org

Family Creations, Inc.

Family Creations, Inc. is a private adoption agency, licensed by the State of Florida as a Child-Placing Agency that offers adoption and clinical services for birth mothers in need, and to adoptive families.

The agency provides home studies, background checks, post-placement supervision and services, as well as legal services for families who desire to adopt a child through domestic or international programs.

5008 Manatee Avenue West
Suite 1B
Bradenton, Florida 34209
Phone: (941) 747-9225
Email: familycreationsadoption@msn.com

Family Resource Center of South Florida

The Family Resource Center of South Florida is a leader in child welfare services striving to help prevent and treat child abuse and neglect through  the strengthening of families by family support, crisis intervention, housing location, family preservation, parent education and counseling services.Their foster care services include Foster Care Program and LGBTQ Foster Care Program.

155 South Miami Avenue, Suite 400
Miami, FL  33130-1617
Phone:  (305) 374-6006
Email: owunderman@frcflorida.org   (Dr. Oren Wunderman, Executive Director)

The Florida Adoption Center

The Florida Adoption Center is a full service adoption agency licensed through the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the State of Florida. The Florida Adoption Center provides Home Study Services, Training, Birth Mother Matching, Post Placement Supervision, Coordination of Interim Care, Search Services, Guidance, and Emotional Support for adoptive families.

1600 Sarno Rd, #8,
Melbourne FL 32935
Phone: 321-250-5683

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes

Florida Baptist Children’s Homes provides counseling, supervises legal matters and works with biological parents and others involved throughout the adoption process.

FBCH provides domestic infant adoptions, assistance in adoption through the foster care system, individual adoption services (i.e., post-placement visits, home studies).

They have foster care offices throughout the state with expert staff members to help prospective foster parents.

P.O. Box 8190
Lakeland, FL 33802
Phone: 863.687.8811
Email: Children@FBCHomes.org

Gift of Life Adoptions

Gift of Life Adoptions is a private adoption agency that provides complete adoption services to adoptive parents and birth parents. Gift of Life Adoptions offers open, semi-open and closed adoptions, based upon the level of openness that both sides request.

4437 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Phone:  727.549.1416
800.216.LIFE
Email: mbiss@giftoflifeadoptions.com

Heart of Adoptions Inc.

Heart of Adoptions Inc. provides services to adoptive families, including but not limited to, home studies, post-placement supervision, adoption subsidies, counseling, adoption training and education, Interstate Compact (ICPC), and foster care.

The offered adoption programs include Traditional & Minority Adoption Program, Matched Adoption Program, Home Studies and Post Placement Supervision.

418 West Platt Street, Suite A
Tampa, Florida 33606
Phone: 813-258-6505
Email: meredith@heartofadoptions.com

1000 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 501
Naples, Florida 34102
Phone:  239-594-2830
Email: gabriela@heartofadoptions.com

1604 South Bumby Ave
Orlando, Florida 32806
Phone:  407-898-8280
Email: Beverly@heartofadoptions.com

4580 Briarcliff Lane
Coconut Creek, Florida 33066
Phone:  1-800-GO-ADOPT
Email: janice@heartofadoptions.com

Home at Last Adoption Agency

Home At Last is a child-placing agency licensed by the state of Florida and Hague Accredited by the Council on Accreditation. The agency meets the needs of children, birth parents and adoptive families in the Central Florida supporting and encouraging diverse adoptions, which may include foster, multi-ethnicity and special needs children. Through Interstate Compacts the agency can provide adoption services to birth parents and adoptive parents in most U.S. States and is authorized as an out-of-state Child Placing Agency through the Department of Children and Families to place children for adoption with Connecticut families.

1727 N. Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Phone: 321.868.BABY(2229)
Email: info@homeatlastadoption.com

Kids Central Incorporated

Kids Central Incorporated is the nonprofit lead agency that provides services for families with children at-risk  of abuse, neglect or abandonment in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties.  The agency strives to promote the welfare of children through abuse/neglect prevention services, in-home care, foster care and adoption.

2117 SW Highway 484
Ocala , FL 34473
Phone: 352-873-6332
Email: info@kidscentralinc.org

The Children’s Network of Southwest Florida, LLC

Children’s Network of SWFL is a private, nonprofit lead agency striving to protect children and preserve families by working with communities. Children’s Network is responsible for over 1,800 abused and neglected children, and delivers a comprehensive local system of child care through subcontracts with more than 50 social service agencies. They also contract with the Department of Children and Families to oversee the child welfare system in Southwest Florida.

2232 Altamont Ave.,
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Phone: (239) 226-1524
Email: info@cnswfl.org