Adoptive Parents FAQ (Frequently
Do the prospective adoptive
parents have to live in Florida?
No. Chrarlene Francis can place "special needs" babies out-of-state with
the assistance of a child-placing agency and in accordance with the Interstate
Compact. These babies include: African-American, biracial, and/or physically
or mentally handicapped.
What is the normal waiting period to be matched to a birth
Generally, the waiting time is 12-18 months. This time can be greatly
increased if the adoptive parents specify a gender.
Can a birth mother change her mind after the Consent is
No. There is no grace period in the State of Florida which allows for
the birth mother to change her mind after signing the Consent for Adoption.
Is it an "open" or "closed" adoption? It can be either, depending on the
wishes of both the birth parents and the adoptive parents. If both wish
to meet and know each other (open adoption), those wishes will be upheld.
If neither wish to meet (closed adoption), we will honor those wishes
Who will pay for the baby's medical expenses while he/she
is in the hospital?
Florida State law requires insurance carriers to cover an adopted child
to the same extent it would cover a biological child.
What happens if the baby is handicapped? Do we have to take
While your financial responsibility for the child remains the same, you
are not required to adopt the child. The attorney will find a couple who
is interested in adopting a special needs child.