Relative Adoption Attorneys

Adoption attorney Christopher Gordy represents clients who wish to adopt their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, siblings or other relatives.   Parents who have financial difficulties or suffer from substance abuse problems may struggle to adequately provide for their child and reach out to family members and a relative for help.   In cases where a parent has abused, abandoned or neglected a child, it may be necessary for a family member or relative to intervene and take custody of the child.   Florida’s public policy is to protect children and prefers relative adoptions if possible, place a child with a relative so that children are raised within a family unit, preferably with two involved and loving parents.

Relatives who have taken physical custody of a child can seek a relative adoption, which will provide assume the parental role in these scenarios, only want to provide a safe and permanent home for the child and

Florida law does not require background checks or a home study for relatives who wish to adopt and does not require a separate hearing on the termination of parental rights, which allows for an expedited process for relatives to adopt and makes the process less expensive and smoother.

The Florida Adoption Act provides that any person who is within the third degree of consanguinity may petition the court for a relative adoption.

At Almeida & Gordy, P.A., our adoption attorneys and staff advocate for the best interest of the child, and most often advocate for a relative or close family member to adopt.   Our adoption attorneys offer experienced advice and provide guidance throughout the adoption process.   With offices in Orlando and Tampa, Almeida & Gordy, P.A. offers free same day adoption consultations so that your family can be fully informed of the legal significance of adoption and what to expect during the adoption process.   To arrange your free adoption consultation, please call (407) 680-1797 or email us at .