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Helping You Navigate The Relative Adoption Process
Adoption attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman represents clients who wish to adopt their grandchildren, nieces, nephews or other relatives. Relative adoptions in the State of Florida are relatively quick, easy and inexpensive. In Florida, no report, recommendation or favorable home study is required for a relative adoption. The Florida legal system, does not require background checks or clearances for relative adoptions. There is also no waiting period for relative adoptions. The abbreviated process for relative adoptions promotes the Florida legislatures intent for children to be afforded a permanent family life that supports a preference for placement with relatives.
The legal definition in the Florida for a relative is a person related by blood to the person being adopted within the third degree of consanguinity. The Third degree of Consanguinity applies to the applicant’s first, second, and third degree of blood relatives, which includes the applicant’s children, parents, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, grandchildren, grandparents, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, great-grandparents, and great-grandchildren.
Attorney Rebekah Brown-Wiseman is experienced in termination of parental rights (TPR) cases. Prior to her private legal work, she represented the State of Florida as a Department of Children and Families Attorney in termination of parental rights cases.
The Fort Lauderdale Law Firm of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A., will petition the court for the termination of the biological parental rights and for a close relative adoption. The lawyer will then either obtain the written consent of the other biological parents or will seek a ruling from the court to terminate parental rights of the biological parents. Florida’s unique process for close relative adoption permits the adoption hearing to be held in the same court hearing as the termination of parental rights matter, if desired.
If you are considering to adopt a relative, please contact Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A., in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Call 954-563-1331 to arrange a consultation. The law firm handles adoption cases throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County, Florida.