Adoptions and Adoption Services
Discover the Adoption Option!
It is a joyous occasion when we are able to help a child in need of a family find a permanent Christian family of their own. The Children’s Homes work closely with prospective adoptive parents and orphaned children to help facilitate a smooth transition to the new family arrangement. Our Adoption Specialists provide counseling, supervise legal matters, and work with biological parents and others involved.
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Who can adopt?
If you have the ability to love a child and to make a lifelong commitment, then you already meet the basic requirements to adopt. In addition, in order to adopt through the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes we require that you be a professing Christian, be active in a local Christian church, and follow a lifestyle that is consistent with the Christian faith. This determination will be evaluated according to the Word of God, the Baptist Faith and Message, and the judgment of those tasked with this responsibility within our organization.
What are the steps to adopting?
- Meet the eligibility requirements.
- Complete the application process and be approved.
- Complete the appropriate training (if required).
- Receive placement of a child!
How much does it cost?
Fees for adoption services are assessed on a sliding scale based on income. The maximum charge is $15,000. However, the cost to adopt “special needs” children is often considerably less.
In many cases, monetary support is provided by the state to help care for “special needs” children such as monthly financial support, health care through the Medicaid program, and free college tuition at any state university, community college, or vocational school in Florida.
What are special needs children?
Special needs children are those in state care that are typically harder to place with an adoptive home. The majority of these children are from one or more of the following categories:
- Older Children
- Sibling Groups
- Member of a minority group
- Physically or emotionally disabled
What are the requirements to adopt?
- Be at least 23 years of age
- Be a Florida resident and a U.S. citizen
- Be a professing Christian
- Be active in a local church
- Follow a lifestyle that is consistent with the Christian faith
- Maternity Care
- Post placement services
- Maternity Counseling
- Home Studies
- International Home Studies
Maternity Care & Counseling
As a positive alternative to abortion, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes provides free Maternity Care services to girls and women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Specifically:
Maternity Foster Care
In some situations, it may be determined that an unwed pregnant girl would be best served by living in one of the Christian, private Maternity Foster Care homes we license and maintain throughout the state. Maternity foster parents serve as substitute parents, offering a supportive family lifestyle through the pregnancy and, in some cases, the postpartum period.
Newborn baby Allan, shown here cradled in his mother’s arms benefited from the Sanctity of Human Life program. Allan’s mother was 17 years old at the time of her pregnancy and contemplated an abortion as the unplanned pregnancy threatened her future plans for college and a professional career.
Counseling and Referral
Our social workers/case workers counsel girls and young women to help them: (1) get prenatal care, (2) understand the physical, emotional, social and financial challenges that come with pregnancy and birth, (3) decide whether to parent the baby or choose adoption, and (4) deal with any postpartum challenges that may arise. The social workers/case workers may also counsel the baby’s father or extended family, where appropriate. In situations where we cannot fully meet the needs, we can make a referral to other agencies that may be able to help. There is no charge for our Maternity Care counseling or referral services.
After the baby is born, Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ social workers/case workers can help guide the new mother regarding physical, emotional, social or financial challenges that may occur during this period, regardless of whether she has chosen parenting or adoption. We can also help her care for her baby, establish an independent living environment, access social services or financial assistance, continue education, find a job, etc.