Pros and cons of an independent adoption in Florida

On behalf of Furr & Cohen, P.A. posted in Family Law on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

For couples and single adults who want to raise a child but can’t have biological children, adopting a child is sometimes the avenue they choose to go. Last week, we discussed the differences between open and closed adoptions. This week, we are going to cover another aspect of adoptions.

One of the first decisions that has to be made by a person who wants to adopt is whether they want to pursue an agency adoption or an independent adoption. As is the case with almost any decision, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with both types. Our Florida readers interested in an independent adoption might like to know some of this information.

The major disadvantage to an independent adoption is one that leads to one of the biggest advantages. An independent adoption often requires a lot of work by the adoptive parents, but that work can save them a considerable amount of money. For many, that is a trade-off they are willing to make. That being said, adoptive parents still have considerable expenses during an independent adoption. Those might include paying for the medical care of the birth mother while she is pregnant.

While independent adoptions do require a lot of work by the adoptive parents, they are usually must faster than an adoption through an agency. In some cases, an independent adoption is also more secure than one done through an agency because the birth parents and adoptive parents can meet.

A huge disadvantage to independent adoptions is that there are very specific restrictions placed on adoptive parents. Some aspects of the process, such as finding birth parents or offering financial assistance to birth parents, have very important restrictions. For this reason, working with someone familiar with the independent adoption process helps you to ensure that you are going about every aspect of the journey in a legal manner.

Source: FindLaw, “Independent Adoption” Nov. 02, 2014