Waiting Family Welcome (Application) Packet
The first step in the adoption application process is to complete the “Adoption Application.” The Welcome Packet includes this application. This packet gives you an overview of our agency and an overview of our adoption process. Please complete the forms in their entirety, and submit them to our office with the additional required documents. We welcome questions and general inquiries to aid in the decision-making process before committing to the full process for adoption. You can pay application fees HERE
Home Study – What You Need
For comprehensive instructions on the documentation necessary to complete a home study, please visit our Adoption Home Study section.
Confidential Home Study Inventory
The “Confidential Home Study Inventory” is a document completed by prospective adoptive parents as part of the Home Study Process. This document allows the adoptive parents to provide all the pertinent information to enable Agency Staff to prepare and conduct the Home Study.
The information obtained using this form is required as part of the Home Study process. A medical report is required for all adults and children living in the prospective adoptive parents’ home. One adult form will be presented to each adoptive parent’s primary care provider, and one child form will be presented to each child’s pediatrician to complete and returned directly to the agency by the physician’s office.
Affidavit of Good Moral Character
The “Affidavit of Good Moral Character” is required as part of the Home Study process. By signing the form, an individual attests they have not been convicted of any offenses identified by the Federal Adoptions and Safe Family Act.
Child Abuse Hotline Record Search
The Child Abuse Hotline Record Search is required in the Home Study process. This form gives permission for a search to ascertain whether an individual has verified incidences of child maltreatment or neglect. The form authorizes a search for reports pursuant to Chapter 39 of the Florida Statute.
FBI, FDLE, Local, and Sex Offender background checks are required as part of the home study process. The Background Fingerprint Instructions go into detail on this process. The “Livescan Background Screening Form” is required as part of the Home Study process. The adoptive parents take these forms to a fingerprinting facility, fingerprints are taken, and the form is returned to the agency by the adoptive parents. The results of the fingerprint screening are sent directly to the agency.
The “Guardianship Statement” is required as part of the Home Study process. In this document, Adoptive Parents name people they choose to act as guardians to their adoptive child should something happen to them (death, for example). The named guardians must also sign to say they agree to take on the responsibility of raising the child to adulthood in all adoption forms.
Employment Verification and Reference Letters
Employment verification and reference letters are required as part of the Home Study process. Please provide the forms below to ensure each letter includes the information needed by the agency.
Florida Adoption Registry Application
This document is the initial application to file information with the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry. Parties to a past adoption may register with the reunion registry if they wish to be reunited with a child/birth parent.
Florida Adoption Registry Update
This document is an application to update information already on file with the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry. Parties to a past adoption may register with the reunion registry if they wish to be reunited with a biological child/birth parent. This form is specifically to update information that may have changed since an individual first registered.
Resources to Pay for Adoption
This document provides resources to help adoptive parents pay for adoption-related expenses. The list provides resources and encourages adoptive parents to think outside the box when raising money for their adoption.
Adoption Tax Credit
This document gives information on the Federal Adoption Tax Credit and includes a glossary of terms and general information on who may be eligible for the credit.
W-7 Form for Tax Identification Number
This form is required when applying for a Taxpayer Identification Number for an Adoptive Child who may not yet be eligible for a Social Security number.
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