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Florida adoption: Adopting a child with special needs

There are many special needs children waiting to be adopted. Adoption in Florida encompasses all children looking for loving, nurturing homes. In fact, in the United States alone, more than 110,000 children with special needs are on the list for permanent homes.

Typically, children who have special needs are harder to place with adoptive families. However, families willing to provide the extra care and attention these children need have found that they are wonderful additions to their families. In the adoption process, " special needs" can mean a number of things and that classification can vary in each state.

Kids who have special needs are those up to the age of 18. Special needs can be defined as children who have physical or health problems; are minority members; have been neglected or abused; have emotional issues; are older; have siblings who have to be adopted as a group or were exposed to drugs or alcohol while in the womb. Most are currently in public foster care situations.

Adoption regulations surrounding children with special needs are less likely to be as stringent as those for adopting a child without special needs. Most agencies will consider single parents and will consider older individuals as well. Applicants need not own a home and don't have to be wealthy. But since children with special needs may be more demanding than those without, prospective parents need to ask themselves if they have what it takes emotionally, physically and financially to care for a child under the specified circumstances.

Adoption is a joyful time in a person or family's life. Discussing the legalities of adoption with a Florida lawyer experienced in family law would be a good starting point. A lawyer will be able to provide information as well as invaluable guidance when it comes to applicable laws and the adoption process.

Source: parents.com, "Adopting a Child with Special Needs", Accessed on Sept. 19, 2017

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