Furman and Furman Attorneys LLP

Highly Specialized Criminal Defense, Fire Arms and Self Defense, Personal Injury and Adoption Law Firm
serving clients in Florida and Alabama

Placement and Finalization

Furman for Families has selected Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services because they place the baby with the adoptive family as soon as the baby is released from the hospital if all legal paperwork has been approved.  In the case of interstate adoptions, addition paperwork must be approved. In some instances, the expectant mother may allow the adoptive parents to be present for the birth.

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Finalization of the Adoption and Other Questions

The timeline for finalization of an adoption varies from state to state and also on the situation surrounding each adoption.  Each state has different rules regarding the birth parents withdrawing consent for the adoption.  Furman for Families is here to help you understand the timelines specific to your adoption.

Adoptive parents pay the fees associated with the adoption and may pay for some expenses experienced by the expectant mother.  Your Adoption Social Worker will guide you through the particulars for your case and your state.

Adoptive parents should be aware a Federal Adoption Tax Credit may be available.  Check with your Adoption Social Worker and your tax preparer to see if you are eligible.  This tax credit lowers the income tax owed by qualified tax payers.  Many employers offer adoption benefits.  Some states offer adoption benefits to state employees.

The health of the child is always a concern to all involved.  If the birth mother tests positive for drug use, the adoptive parents will be made aware of the facts (even in a closed adoption).  At Furman for Families, we urge adoptive parents not to let the health of the baby, or even the possible drug use of the birth parents, deter them from adoption.  Drug use by birth mother does not always indicate that the child may face neurological problems.  We strongly believe a child born into drug use can thrive given lots of love, bonding and proper medical treatment.  We have seen children with health concerns overcome their problems to flourish and become happy, well adjusted, loving children.

It is not just the love of the adopting mother and father that bring a child into a family.  The love and support of the extended family and friends are invaluable in helping a child overcome the problems he or she may have suffered as a result of poor birth mother health.  The love and support of the extended family and friends is important is all adoptions.


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