RELATIVE ADOPTION CONT.
Adoption subsidies are monthly payments to adoptive families, from the
time of finalization until the child turns 18. These monthly payments sbusidize
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 future needs. For example,
medical insurance may cover a medically complex child’s medical costs, but
not time off work for the parent. A child from a hard place may have behavioral
challenges but require special therapies and lifestyle changes as
the child grows.
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 right 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 when their biological family may give the adoptee child
more access to his or her heritage, including culture, religion and