FOSTER ADOPTION CONT.

Subsidy

Adoption subsidies are monthly payments to adoptive families,from

the time of finalization until the child turns 18. These monthly payments

subsidize the costs of raising a child adopted from the foster care

system. Having an advocate to help you negotiate adoption subsidy

may be beneficial to ensure you are fully prepared to provide for your

child’s medical costs. but not time off work for the parent. A child from

a hard place may have behavioral challengers that requires special

therapies and lifestyle changes as the child grows older.

Foster Parent Rights

The foster care agencies, attorneys for the state of Florida and

guardians and litem recognize the importance of foster parents

and try to support foster parents as well as they can, given their

competing interests and responsibilities. Nevertheless, the system

does not always get it right and sometimes foster parents are given

information or advice that are not correct. For example, foster parents

may be told that a child they have parented for two years is going to

be moved to a relative’s care, that blood relative are given priority

at all stages of the dependency process, and that there is nothing

they can do. They may be told that they cannot be heard is court

or submit any documents to the court.

Under Florida law, foster parents do have rights in certain

circumstances to be heard in court and actively particular. People

who tell you otherwise do not do so out of bad faith, but out of a

misunderstanding of the law. The right advocate can provide helpful

information to clarify positions and negotiate a solutions.

Intervention Rights

Florida recognize that even after losing custody of a child, biological

parents retain some rights to direct the upbringing of their child one of

these rights concerns the rights to select an adoptive family and this is

described in Florida law as an “Intervention.” Katie Jay, P.A. may be

retained to advocate for or oppose an Intervention. An Intervention is

best done early in a dependency proceeding (soon after a child has)

been taken into state custody). The greater the delay, the more difficult

it will be for the child to move to a new family. This is especially

important in cases where the child is placed with “pre-adoptive”

caregivers-that is, caregivers who are willing to adopt the child

if parental rights to the child are terminated.

A private, voluntary surrender is better for biological parents not

only because it is not punitive in nature like a state surrender, but

because allowing biological parents to select the adoptive family

is more empowering. Raising a child within their biological family

gives the adoptee child more access to his or her heritage.

including culture, religion and family connections.

Biological parents may also decide to choose non-relatives, which

they may do by contacting a private adoption agency or adoption

attorney who has a list of waiting families, all home study approved.

By doing so a parent may carefully review many families and

choose one based on their own criteria. A parent may, for example

great opportunities, and embraces open adoption, Kate Jay, P.A.

does not match non-relative families but mentions this option

because it is an important right that parents in Florida have.