FAQS

The Florida Statutes govern the requirements for adoptions in the State of Florida. If a birth mother currently resides in another state, the answers may differ, because each state has its own set of adoption laws.

What is a Board Certified Adoption Attorney in the state of Florida?

Adoption Experts The certification of adoption attorneys allows the public to differentiate lawyers proficient in the area of adoption law from attorneys who do not understand the unique complexities of the adoption statute. Board Certified Adoption Attorneys in Florida are … Continue reading

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Does the birth mother have to pay legal fees or expenses?

No.  All legal fees and expenses, including medical expenses, are paid by the prospective adoptive parents.  The birth mother’s counseling, living and medical expenses as well as all legal fees are provided free to her.

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How much financial assistance can the birth mother receive?

Financial assistance is available for reasonable living expenses of the birth mother which she is unable to pay due to unemployment, underemployment or disability.  Reasonable living expenses are rent, utilities, basic telephone service, food, toiletries, necessary clothing, transportation, insurance, and … Continue reading

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What if the birth mother is under the age of 18?

A birth mother under the age of 18 and over the age of 14 has the sole power to consent to the adoption of her child. It is not necessary to contact her parents or other family members. A birth … Continue reading

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Does the birth mother have to live in, or move to Florida to work with Shorstein & Kelly?

No. If the birth mother lives in another state, Shorstein & Kelly can still provide assistance with the adoption plan.  The Firm will also ensure that the birth mother has the assistance of an attorney or licensed child-placing agency in … Continue reading

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Can the birth mother choose the adoptive parents?

Yes. Birth mothers may select and meet the adoptive parents, if they wish.  The birth mother may also opt to have one of Shorstein & Kelly’s experienced adoption counselors choose the qualified adoptive parents for her or assist her with … Continue reading

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What is the difference between Open and Closed Adoptions?

Open Adoptions An open adoption is one in which the birth mother and the adoptive parents know each other and agree to continuing contact, in some manner, following placement of the child. Benefits of choosing an open adoption with Shorstein … Continue reading

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Do all birth mother’s get matched with adoptive parents?

Yes. The Firm has matched over 1,000 birthmothers – All birth mothers that work with the Shorstein & Kelly get matched – No Exceptions!  The entire matching process can take as short as 2 days or as long as several … Continue reading

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Can the birth mother see the baby after the birth?

Yes. The birth mother determines how much contact she would like to have with the baby. Some birth mothers desire to “room in” with the baby at the hospital, while others choose to have limited or no contact. Furthermore, in … Continue reading

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When does the birth mother sign the papers to terminate her rights?

After the birth of the child and before discharge from the hospital, the birth mother will sign the legal papers which terminate her parental rights to the child. The consent for adoption, once signed, is binding and irrevocable.

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When do the adoptive parents receive the baby?

Adoptive parents take the baby directly home from the hospital.  In fact, many birth mothers request that the adoptive mother be present in the delivery room so that she can be with the baby from the moment of birth.

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Can the birth mother receive photos and updates after the baby is born?

Yes. Adoptive parents provide pictures and updates on a regular basis for at least 18 years after the baby is born. They send the photos and updates to Shorstein & Kelly, who then forward them to the birth mother upon … Continue reading

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How much does it cost to adopt?

It costs nothing for the birth mother – all costs are paid by the adoptive parents. The total cost of an adoption includes the birth mother expenses plus all expenses of the adoptive parents to complete the adoption.  Many of … Continue reading

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