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Considering Adopting? Congratulations!

This is an exciting time for you! It can also be confusing as you make decisions that will affect your family for a lifetime. You will need to decide on domestic adoption or international adoption. If it is international adoption, you will need to choose a country. Do you want a boy or a girl, or doesn’t it matter? Are…

How did this happen to me?

As a wife,mother of 6, grandmother of 1, adoption professional, and social worker, I am constantly juggling these roles. I started off with 2 biological children and planned to adopt 2 more. 4 children later, here I am! In 2004 I opened Forever Families Home Study Agency to provide adoption home studies in my home state of Florida. Since then,…

Adults say the darndest things

One thing that I did not anticipate as an adoptive mother is the questions and comments made by (hopefully) well-meaning adults. I expected the “is that your mom?” addressed by my biracial children’s peers about me, their Caucasian mother. But adults? Really? I have been asked “does he ever see his mother?” (every morning when I wake him up and…

Cast a wide net

Many people are much too specific when considering the characteristics of the child(ren) that they want to adopt. They may specify “absolutely no prenatal drug or alcohol abuse” for a domestic newborn, or a very small age range for an international or foster care adoption. This limits your options of children who will be presented to you for placement. You…

Facts about gay adoption in Florida

Florida has finally entered the 21st century! The long-standing ban against gay and lesbian people adopting has been ruled unconstitutional as of September 22, 2010. I had the pleasure of lobbying against the ban in Tallahassee and locally along with Equality Florida. It was heartening to see how many of us understand that sexual orientation has nothing to do with…

Whose baby is it? Parental rights

Whose baby is it? Parental rights

I have heard many times that people adopt from abroad because they are afraid that a domestic birth mother will magically appear many years later and get her child back. We all see the horrific cases on the news, where a child is returned to a biological parent several years after being adopted. But what doesn’t make the news is…

How to give up your baby for adoption in Florida

How to give up your baby for adoption in Florida

Are you pregnant and not sure if you want to be a parent? You probably have many questions about adoption and whether it is right for you and your baby. This is a short how-to guide on giving up your baby for adoption in Florida. Please contact Forever Families Adoption Services (using the form on this page; by calling 407-977-8639;…

Why bother days

Why bother days

Did you ever have one of those days when you wonder “why bother”? When you’re in the process of adopting, you may have those days. Many prospective adoptive parents have fall throughs, or are presented to birth mothers and not selected, before they end up adopting the child that they were meant to have all along. These situations are sad,…

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