Adoption 101

FAQ

Who can adopt?
Most family structures can adopt. This includes singles, married couples, same-sex couples, relatives, and non-relatives. Interested families should be financially stable.
What does "special needs" mean?

"Special needs" is a term used in federal rules to describe certain children eligible for financial assistance in the adoption process. It does not mean the child necessarily has a disability. In the state of Florida, one or more of the following criteria qualifies a child for special needs assistance:

  • Age 8 or older
  • Member of a sibling group being placed for adoption together
  • African American or racially mixed
  • Significant emotional ties with foster parents or a relative caregiver
  • Mental, physical or emotional handicap

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