The first step for an individual or couple interested in adopting is registering for the P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information Development and Education) classes. P.R.I.D.E. classes provide nine weeks of coursework to equip an individual or couple with an understanding of the issues facing children in care. Classes also help them learn more about their readiness to adopt and about tools that may be helpful should they proceed with the process. At times, weekend courses may be available as may be “Adoption Orientation” events. Families interested in adopting are also invited to attend PSF’s Foster and Adoptive Parent Support Groups to become acquainted with others who have adopted or are interested in adopting.
Upon completion of the adoptive courses, an individual or couple is encouraged to turn in an entire adoption application packet, following which an adoption home study will be completed at no cost to the individual or family. In fact, should the individual or couple be matched to an available child, attorney fees for the adoption are also typically covered. Furthermore, an individual or couple who adopts a child from care will typically be eligible for adoption subsidy, which is a monthly stipend provided from the date of adoptive placement through the child’s 18th birthday to assist toward the family’s financial provisions for the child.
BECOMING A FOREVER FAMILY:
A family with a completed approved adoption home study will be eligible to adopt a child from within our circuits and beyond. Photos and descriptions of children presently available for adoption throughout the state of Florida are found on the State Explore Adoption Website (www.AdoptFlorida.org) as well as under the Heart Gallery section of our site.
Families who have completed the adoptive coursework and have approved home studies will be considered by PSF for children currently available for adoption and becoming available. Also, families with approved adoption home studies may request that their home study be submitted for consideration by the agency involved with any child found on the above-referenced websites who is available for adoption.