RELATIVE ADOPTION CONT.

Subsidy

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.

Intervention

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

family connections.