Abandoned Florida babies bring public attention to adoption

Adopting a child can be a rewarding choice and many couples in Sarasota decide to take this path for different reasons. Some people have their own children and merely want to enlarge their family while others are using adoption because of medical difficulties in conceiving. For the adoptive parent or parents, this is a serious decision to make and should not be taken lightly. It is important to make sure that the legal process is carefully followed to avoid any adoption issues rising later, such as a reappearance of a birth parent.

People who want to adopt a child should realize that it is a complicated and lengthy process according to a Broward judge. When the media broadcasts a story about a baby that has been abandoned, people believe that they can just come in and pick that baby up. They do not realize that they need to go through the same process as someone going through an international adoption or a foster parent that decides to adopt the child they are caring for.

In Florida, a parent can leave a child at a hospital or a fire station through a piece of law called the Safe Haven Law. This law lets parents, who do not want their child, leave that baby in a safe place without any questions asked. Recently, one newborn was dropped off at a fire station while another newborn was found abandoned. For each baby, the public attention generated several calls from people wanting to adopt but they will need to go through an adoption agency. They may also want to employ the services of an attorney to help them understand the legal process.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "Babies left behind by parents travel different routes to adoption," Wayne K. Roustan, March 5, 2013

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