Relative adoption

Relative adoptions in Florida

In Florida, many relatives have taken over the responsibility for raising another family member’s child. The adoption process varies depending on your family relationship to the child.
One of our adoption specialists will help you evaluate the facts of your situation at no charge.

Some of the benefits and features of the relative adoption process include:

With more than 30 years of relative adoption experience, our board-certified adoption experts can walk you through the process of adopting a related child in Florida. If you decide to move forward, we can make it happen for you.
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In Florida, a relative adoption allows for the adoption of a niece, nephew, sibling, or great grandchild. If you are adopting a grandchild, it is referred to as a grandparent adoption.  Adopting a stepchild is a stepparent adoption.

The process for relative adoption in Florida is straightforward: 

  • Consult with an adoption attorney
  • Determine your eligibility
  • Obtain consent of parties
  • File the adoption petition
  • Finalize the adoption

Relative 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

The prices can vary depending on the circumstances. But typically, some expenses are attorney fees, court filing fees, birth certificate costs, vital statistics costs and, possibly, service of process fees.

When the parents’ consent, relative adoption can be completed in as little as 3-6 months. The bulk of this period entails waiting for several administrative and governmental processes to be completed.

No. In certain situations, the parents’ consent may not be required for adoption. If a parent is provided notice and fails to respond, the parent’s consent would not be required. Also, if a parent is found to have abandoned the child, consent may be waived or excused.  There are other exceptions to parental consent – contact us to evaluate your situation.

Choosing adoption is a courageous and loving decision that requires support and guidance. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or are considering adoption. 


The information provided above is based on Florida’s adoption law. This is not a complete summary of the law, and it is not tailored to a specific case. This information may change based on your specific situation. If you have questions regarding your adoption plan, please give us a call for a free consultation.

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