Adoption is the legal process of becoming the parent to a child. It includes all of the rights and responsibilities of being a parent and includes the duty to protect the child and the responsibility to provide the child with food, shelter, education and health care, including the authority to consent to surgery or other extraordinary medical care in an emergency.
Any adult (age 18 or older), whether married, unmarried or legally separated is eligible to qualify to adopt children. You are not required to be foster parents to adopt a child from foster care; however, since children develop relationships with their foster parents if they are unable to be reunited with their biological families, they are often adopted by their foster parents.
To learn more about adoption, please call Paula Mealy at 352-387-3487.