Abortion or Adoption?

Choosing whether or not to have an abortion is one of the toughest decisions a young lady or woman will ever make. Since 1969, the Center for Disease Control has documented the number of women obtaining abortions. 825,564 abortions were reported to the CDC in 2008.

Families all over the USA want to adopt children.

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According to the Florida Bar, “Adoption is the legal procedure by which a child becomes, through court action, part of a family other than that of his or her birth parents.”

Four types of adoptions exist in Florida: The entity adoption (an agency or intermediary facilitated adoption), the step-parent adoption, the close relative and the adult adoption. Each type of adoption has unique procedure.

Florida Statutes require that consent to adoption be obtained from:

the mother of the minor.
the father of the minor if:
1. the minor was conceived or born while the father was married to the mother;
2. the minor is his child by adoption;
3. the minor has been established by a court proceeding to be his child;
4. he has filed an affidavit of paternity pursuant to section 382.013(2)(c) Florida Statutes; or
5. in the case of an unmarried biological father, he has acknowledged in writing, signed in the presence of a competent witness, that he is the father of the minor, has filed such acknowledgment with the Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health within the required timeframes, and has complied with the requirements of section 63.062(2).

Determining whether someone’s consent is required, or when consent may not be required is a complicated issue and you may wish to consult an attorney. For more information about consenting to adoption, you should refer to Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, and sections 63.062 – 63.082 in particular.

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