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Adoption Lawyers in Jacksonville, Florida

Start Your Adoption Journey with Our Jacksonville Lawyers

At Owenby Law, P.A., we can help with all of your adoption needs, from the termination of parental rights up to the final adoption hearing. We have the experience and knowledge to make the adoption process flow as smoothly as possible. We will personally oversee the development of your case and help you gather all the necessary paperwork. Nothing brings us greater satisfaction than helping families grow through adoption.

Types of Adoptions We Handle:

Are you a step-parent or relative who is looking to adopt? A relative or step-parent adoption is a one-step process by which we move straight to petition for adoption. The normal adoption process includes a home study, a petition for termination of parental rights and trial, a 30-day appeal period before being able to file your petition, and a second adoption trial. However, a step-parent adoption works a little differently.

Adoption Eligibility and Requirements in Florida

For the most part, any Florida adult who lives and works in the state and shows the ability to care for a child may be allowed to adopt. While there are few universal requirements for a Florida state adoption, the agency you choose will often have their own rules about who can adopt. There are also many steps involved in any adoption decision, including a comprehensive review of your financial status and a full criminal background check.

Key Requirements for Adoptive Parents:

  • You must be a legal adult over the age of 18.
  • You must pass a required adoptive parent training class with the appropriate state agency.
  • You must complete a 90-day “home study” with a licensed clinical social worker and mental health professional.
  • You must pay any court fees and costs during the adoption process.

To learn more about the adoption process, give us a call at (904) 770-3141 or schedule a consultation today.

Understanding Adoption Costs in Florida

On average, Florida courts charge between $350 and $450 in filing fees for adoption cases, but be sure to ask your local court for the most up-to-date information. Court fees are an often overlooked part of the adoption process- make sure you know how much the court requires.

Background Checks and Adoption Eligibility

A full background check is required for all members of your household over the age of 12, and while being arrested or convicted may not automatically disqualify you from adopting a child, it could present some unique challenges. Additionally, those who have been convicted of child or domestic abuse, child abandonment or neglect, violent crimes, and drug-related offenses may be disqualified from adoption by most agencies.

When working with Owenby Law, P.A., it’s important to share all information about your past arrests or convictions with our attorneys. During your confidential consultation, we will give you an honest assessment of the challenges you may face during the adoption process.

Finalizing Your Adoption: Parental Rights in Florida

If you are adopting a child within the state of Florida, then the biological parents must have terminated their rights to the child by the time they are put up for adoption. Biological parents also cannot take the child back once the adoption process has been finalized.

Single and LGBT Adoption Rights in Florida

No. Any unmarried adult may adopt children, provided they meet all the requirements for adoption. Additionally, both single and married LGBT individuals may now adopt in the state of Florida.

Ready to Adopt? Contact Our Jacksonville Adoption Attorneys Now

Advocating for Children's Rights in Jacksonville, FL


Meet Attorney Joy Owenby: A Champion for Children

A long-time children's rights advocate, Attorney Joy Owenby has handled juvenile law cases of abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She served as legal counsel for the state of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program and has represented children in child custody battles in her family law practice. Under her skilled direction, our legal team of Jacksonville adoption attorneys works diligently to help children find safe and happy homes.

Why Choose Owenby Law, P.A. for Your Adoption Needs?

  • Over 20 Years of Legal Experience in Family Law
  • Complimentary Initial Consultation for Prospective Clients
  • Thousands of Families Assisted Across Florida
  • Dedicated Team Approach to Every Adoption Case

If you are ready to get started on the adoption process, take the first step by contacting Owenby Law, P.A. Your initial consultation is free, so you would have nothing to lose by giving us a call. We have helped thousands of clients throughout Florida with various family law matters, and now we are ready to do the same for you.

Our Jacksonville Offices Are Ready to Help You Adopt. Call Us Today!

How Can We Help?

  • Meet Your Legal Professionals
    We put the time and care into your case that it deserves, and we are here to guide you through this process.
  • Handling All Aspects of the Legal Process
    We are the reputable and reliable law firm you need on your side during your legal matter. We handle all types of cases!
  • Answers to Your Legal Questions
    The legal process can be daunting, and we understand you may have questions. Review our FAQ page to find helpful answers.

The Benefits of Hiring Owenby Law, P.A.

Owenby Law, P.A. is here to help you get the results you need with a team you can trust.

  • Free Initial Consultations
  • Successfully Handled Thousands of Cases
  • Backed by Over 20 Years of Experience
  • Personalized, Results-Oriented Representation
  • A Team of Compassionate Advocates On Your Side
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available