At Shorstein & Kelly, our team of private adoption attorneys has been helping birth mothers and adoptive families in the Jacksonville, FL community for over 30 years. We help pregnant Florida women through the emotional process of giving a baby up for adoption, taking great care to provide everything needed for both mother and baby during the process as adoptive families are found.
If you are pregnant and considering placing your baby for adoption, you are not alone. Shorstein & Kelly Adoptions are here to help. We guide you through the adoption process with a customized plan tailored to your needs and circumstances during pregnancy. In general, the adoption process for birth mothers in Florida is as follows:
Nothing. All adoption expenses are paid by the adoptive parents. Birth mother expenses may include medical care, counseling, living expenses, transportation, and more.
In an open adoption, the birth parents and the adoptive family exchange identifying information and have direct, continuing contact after the baby is born. Post-birth contact may include phone calls, FaceTimes, texts, pictures, visits, and vacation sharing.
Your living expenses, transportation, counseling, and medical costs are provided to you at no charge. The adoptive parents pay all fees and costs of the adoption.
In addition, as an adoption entity, Shorstein & Kelly can help by paying the following bills, costs, and expenses: rent, utilities, telephone service, food, toiletries, clothing, transportation, and insurance.
You may also receive payment for other expenses if the court decides they are necessary for your (or your unborn child’s) health and well-being.
The process for stepparent and grandparent adoption in Florida is straightforward:
Stepparent and grandparent adoptions can be handled on an expedited basis. No home study is required. Most final hearings occur via Zoom. The Judge will issue a final adoption decree at this hearing, legally establishing the adoptive relationship between you and the child. Afterward, we obtain an amended birth certificate for the child reflecting their new legal name and your name as the parent.
Prices may vary depending on the circumstances. Typically, our retainer for a non-contested stepparent or grandparent adoption is $4,500. The retainer includes attorney fees, court filing fees, birth certificate costs and vital statistics costs.