Adoption for LGBT Couples
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In Florida, same-sex couples were banned from adopting children. However, the Florida Court of Appeals declared that the law banning gay and lesbian individuals from adopting was unconstitutional. Then in January 2015, same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide. While we are making progress in granting LGBT full rights and equality, the laws remain in constant evolution and restructuring, creating legal concerns.
At Virga Law Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to helping LGBT couples fulfill their dreams of becoming parents. Our Panama City LGBT adoption lawyers can offer comprehensive legal guidance to help you navigate through the complexities of the law and adoption process.
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The Adoption Process for LGBT Couples
The following are three types of adoptions available for LGBT couples:
- Joint adoption by married LGBT couples - Only married LGBT are eligible to pursue joint adoption. Unmarried couples are not allowed to adopt in Florida.
- Single adoption by a LGBT parent - For those who are not married, but want to be a single parent, in order to go through the adoption process, they may adopt through a private agency or the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). The DCF process entails attending classes, going through interviews, answering questionnaires, and scheduling a home visit. While private agency process is less meticulous, it is more expensive.
- Second parent adoption - Where one person is allowed to adopt the child of his / her spouse.