NOTE: The answers below reflect adoption law in Florida. If you live in another
state, some of the answers will be different. Adoption law is extremely complex;
please contact us for answers that apply to your specific case.
You can contact us for a free consultation any time in your pregnancy. Most Florida adoption agencies will not provide financial assistance and services unless the mother is past her second trimester. At Shorstein & Kelly, we do not have a hard and fast rule. We review each case with compassion and consideration for the best interests of a proposed adoption plan.
No. In Florida, the rights of the father may differ widely based on the specific
facts of each case. Contact us for a free consultation as to the facts of your
father situation. All discussions are privileged and confidential.
When a birth parent chooses and meets the adoptive parents and they directly share communication, contact and information with each other, it is generally referred to as an open adoption.
A semi-open adoption is a version of the open adoption that is tailored to the needs of birth parents and the adoptive parents. For example, instead of full communication, some birth mothers prefer to start with only digital communication. Usually, over time, a semi-open adoption develops into a more open adoption, especially as the relationship between the parties grows stronger.
Contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation about an open adoption.
When birth parents and adoptive parents have little or no contact, communication, or information about each other, it is generally referred to as a closed adoption. In these cases, each party, upon request, is provided only non-identifying information about the other party. That way, the adoption is closed for both sides.
Today, closed adoptions are not as common. There are limited circumstances where a closed adoption may benefit the parties. Contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation about your situation.