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At Glass Law Office, our experienced and caring adoption professionals have been helping pregnant women throughout Florida for years. We understand the difficult emotions that accompany an unplanned pregnancy and the decision to place your child for adoption. We are here to support you and to help you through the Florida adoption process. We are local and available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We always treat you with the respect, care, and dignity you deserve. We are proud of the personal, professional Florida adoption services we provide, and we value the wonderful and lasting relationships we have formed with the many people we have helped. We look forward to meeting you in person, speaking with you about your Florida adoption options, and helping you make the best decision for you and the baby.
Lisa Paige Glass, Esq. is an experienced adoption attorney who is dedicated to helping create families through the Florida adoption process. Lisa is also affiliated with Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, where she has appeared as a guest lecturer and seminar instructor on a number of topics, including the legal and ethical issues in adoption, surrogacy, and reproductive law. Prior to opening Glass Law Office, Lisa worked as an appellate law clerk to Judge Jonathan D. Gerber at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal and worked at a boutique law firm practicing complex commercial litigation and appeals. Lisa attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida. Florida Bar Number 71758.
How Adoption Works
Adoption is the legal process of creating a family by giving parental rights to adoptive parents. Adoption is permanent, unlike foster care, which is temporary.
All medical expenses associated with your pregnancy and the birth will be 100% covered. In most cases, you will also receive financial support for your living expenses. Living expenses could include rent, utilities, telephone service, food, toiletries, clothing, and transportation. You can receive this support during your pregnancy plus six weeks post-partum. Additionally, we can help you apply for Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You are also entitled to free counseling throughout the adoption process—both during and after your pregnancy. We want you to be supported, both financially and emotionally, throughout the adoption process.
Nothing. As a birth mother, all of our adoption services are provided to you free of charge.
Florida law protects your right to privacy and confidentiality to a large degree. Because no two adoptions are alike, please contact us to discuss your specific circumstances regarding who, if anyone, must be notified of your adoption plan. Additionally, if you would like our assistance in telling someone about your adoption plan, we are happy to help.
We will work closely with you to find the best possible match for you and the baby. We have many loving and qualified families who are excitedly waiting for the chance to become parents. Each family undergoes a rigorous selection process, including criminal, health, psychological, and financial screenings. Additionally, we interview each family in person to make sure that we are working with the best of the best adoptive families. You can trust that we have done everything we can to make sure that your baby will be safe and secure in the arms of a loving adoptive family.
This is completely up to you. There is technically no such thing as an “open” or “closed” adoption in Florida. That means that we will work with you to determine the level of openness or confidentiality that you desire, and we will find an adoptive family who wants the same things that you do. If you want to meet the adoptive family before the baby is born, then we will arrange that and be present with you and the family at the meeting. If you want pictures or updates on the child throughout the child’s life, then all you have to do is ask!
Only if you want them to be. This is a decision that you and the adoptive family can make together. We can help arrange whatever you decide. You can have whomever you want at the hospital, subject to the hospital’s rules.
In a typical, uncontested adoption, you DO NOT have to go to court. You will have to sign some papers throughout the adoption process in order to legalize the adoption, but you do not have to go to court.
Whatever your situation, we are not judgmental. We will work with you and find a family who is accepting of your circumstances and medical history. We will also help arrange for you to get treatment and prenatal care to help both you and the baby be as healthy as possible.
No. After the baby is discharged from the hospital, the baby will go directly to the adoptive family.
You have the legal right to change your mind at any point prior to legally consenting to the adoption. And we will never pressure you to do something that you do not want or are not ready to do. If you are having second thoughts about your adoption plan, please do not hesitate to call us. We are happy to talk with you as long and as many times as you would like to help you reach your decision. However, please bear in mind that the adoptive family who has been excitedly waiting for the baby will be experiencing a terrible emotional and financial loss. Therefore, please be sure that you are 100% committed to completing the adoption before agreeing to be matched with an adoptive family.
No, you are not required to have your own lawyer, and many birth parents complete the adoption process without hiring their own lawyer. We are the legal representative for the adoptive family. If you would like independent legal advice, we are happy to help arrange that for you.
Absolutely not. Adoption is a loving option and is one of the least selfish decisions you could make for your child. It is a decision based in love. It means that, although you love your child, you recognize that you may not be financially and/or emotionally able to raise and provide for your child in the way you would want. Adoption is a loving way that you can provide for your child—even though you won’t personally be raising your child. Additionally, you will be making an adoptive family’s dreams come true by blessing them with a child and truly completing their family.
Contact Us 24/7
Call or text us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak directly with our experienced and caring Florida adoption professionals. We are always available to answer your questions. We will visit you face-to-face at the location where you feel most comfortable. We work with pregnant women throughout the entire state of Florida. No pressure, no cost, no obligation.
Adoption in Florida can be handled either through adoption agencies or an adoption attorney. Adoption agencies in Florida are difficult to fully categorize as they vary in resources and services, but they are all structured by budget and bureaucratic limitations which often limits the full extent of the help they can provide and the legal resources they can bring to bear on your behalf. In some cases, the infant adopted through the adoption agency must first go to a foster home before being placed with the prospective parents while here at Glass Law the infant goes directly from the hospital to the adoptive family.
The primary difference is that Florida adoption agencies often can handle infant domestic adoptions, international adoptions, and foster care adoptions, while a Florida adoption attorney will usually specialize in independent domestic infant adoptions where the birth parent relinquishes the baby to a good stable family. Florida adoption lawyers such as the specialists here at Glass Law also have access to a greater range of legal services than an agency, and ensure that the expecting mother is fully covered when it comes to medical and most other living expenses where as some agencies will only require the adoptive family to pay part of the necessary expenses on a sliding scale basis, leaving the expectant mother to pay the remainder.
Not all adoption lawyers offer equal services and while there are clear benefits to using an adoption lawyer over an adoption agency, it can become confusing which adoption attorney to talk to. First off, whether you choose to utilize adoption agencies or an adoption attorneys, you want to make sure you choose someone who provides support rather than applies pressure. There simply is no substitute for true caring, and you will notice the difference in the levels of compassion and empathy. Here at Glass Law, we have built our entire group around helping. We help women get the information they need to make informed decisions. We help connect expecting mothers with great homes for the new children. We help build new loving families. And we help women experiencing unplanned pregnancies know that there are alternatives to abortion out there that will cover their living and medical expenses during the process and then give them a chance to get their life back to normal.
If you are going through an unplanned pregnancy or unwanted pregnancy and would like to explore your alternatives (including alternatives to abortion) and you want to make sure you are making the right decision, we can provide you with all the options and information you need to make a truly informed decision for you and the child. All of us here have helped numerous women in your exact circumstances explore their options including a private adoption and abortion alternatives. Did you know that with an unplanned pregnancy adoption, you can receive financial support including medical and living expenses while giving the child a strong stable home where it will have tremendous advantages in life.Boca Raton Adoption Jacksonville Adoption Fort Lauderdale Adoption Fort Myers Adoption Jupiter Adoption Miami Adoption Naples Adoption Orlando Adoption Port St Lucie Adoption Tallahassee Adoption Tampa Adoption West Palm Beach Adoption