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How Interventions work in Florida
(This text appears in various colors that correspond to sections of the Florida State Statutes. Those statutes are in corresponding colors at the bottom of this page within the red bordered box)
Of first importance you must understand that for an Intervention to take place in Florida, the birth parent(s) parental rights must not have yet been legally terminated (TPR -termination of parental rights) by the State of Florida, and it does not matter if these rights were voluntarily or involuntarily terminated by the court. TPR is not just having your children removed from your care for their protection by the DCF or Child Protection Service, but the legal and final court order that states that you have permanently lost custody and all parental rights.
Only the biological birth parent (and generally they mean both birth parents), whether the children are at their home, in their custody or in the custody of the state, can institute an Intervention by choosing to execute their last parental right to select an adoptive family through an adoption entity which is a licensed child placing adoption agency such as Hope for Families Adoption Services Inc. If you make the decision to use this parental right of adoption and call our agency, then we will only present to you qualified prospective adoptive parents who have passed our rigorous interview process and have been legally approved as a potential adoption parent by completing a current adoption home study.
When the biological parent, for whatever reason (see Advantages) decides that he or she cannot care for their child, win the Dependency Court battle (see Dependency Court) and belief that it is in the best interests of their child to be adopted out of the foster care system, then the parent executes a legal consent which means signing Adoption Disclosure and Adoption Consent forms in front of our attorney, (see forms) notary with two witness, which begins the process of transferring custody over to the Adoption Agency for them to permanently place the child with the adoption family you have selected for them to become the full time legal parents..
Remember that the adoption consent that you sign is valid, binding, and enforceable by the court which mean that you are permanently, irrevocably and without recourse transfer your parental rights to the adoptive family you selected through the adoption agency and that you are voluntarily relinquishing your rights and responsibility for your child.
This consent then gives the adoption entity which is Hope for Families Adoption Services Inc. through our attorneys, a legal right to petition the court on your behalf for an emergency hearing to intervene in your dependency case and transfer it into a private adoption and request removal of your child from the foster care or temporary care giver to place them into our care so that we can complete an adoption. It is at this court hearing that we present a copy of the preliminary home study of the prospective adoptive parents to the court. Generally the adoptive parents will be present and often the biological parents may attend this hearing although this varies.
If during this court hearing, the judge believes that it is in the best interests of the child to be adopted by the family you selected through the adoption agency, then the judge will generally immediately transfer the child from the custody of the department (DCF-CPS) to the adoption agency who then places the child into the care of the adoptive family.
The adoption is always only at the determination by the court, and Hope for Families Adoption Inc acts as the adoption entity which can never make the final decision about the adoption or placement, but merely follows the direction of the court.
The adoption will only occur if the court and judge determine that the adoption placement with the adoptive family appears to be in the best interest of the minor child and the judge will consider many things including the adoptive parents, their home study, siblings, previous bonding with extended family and the health and length of time where the child is currently placed. The best interest of the minor child is the mandate, determiner and rational of this whole Intervention Process as interpreted by the judge.
If court the believes that it will serve the child’s best interests, the judge shall immediately order the transfer of custody of the minor child to the prospective adoptive parents but under the supervision of the adoption agency.
The remaining process of this adoption is under supervision of the adoption entity which is the licensed child care adoption agency, in your case, Hope for Families Adoption Services, Inc. To monitor the adoption and make sure that the placement is in the best interests of the child, we have to visit the adoptive family every month, write at least three post placement reports, provide counseling and be in constant telephone communication to make sure that no issues that adversely affect the children arise.
The adoption process is completed usually 4 months after the child was place with the adoptive family through a process called finalization of the adoption. Our attorney and the new parents attend family court and the judge determines if the placement is in the best interests of the child based on the adoption agency monitoring. Then the judge makes a final court order that permanently transfers the child over to the adoptive family you previously selected. This court order officially decrees them as them as the new parents allowing them to get birth certificates and social security numbers and act in all regards as if they were the biological parents.

Florida Statutes SECTION 63.082(6), F.S.,(excerpts about Intervention)
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(6)(a)  If a parent executes a consent for placement of a minor with an adoption entity or qualified prospective adoptive parents and the minor child is in the custody of the department, but parental rights have not yet been terminated, the adoption consent is valid, binding, and enforceable by the court.
(b)  Upon execution of the consent of the parent, the
adoption entity may intervene in the dependency case as a party in interest and must provide the court having jurisdiction over the minor, pursuant to the shelter or dependency petition filed by the department, a copy of the preliminary home study of the prospective adoptive parents and any other evidence of the suitability of the placement.
(c)  Upon a
determination by the court that the prospective adoptive parents are properly qualified to adopt the minor child and that the adoption appears to be in the best interest of the minor child, the court shall immediately order the transfer of custody of the minor child to the prospective adoptive parents, under the supervision of the adoption entity. The adoption entity shall thereafter provide monthly supervision reports to the department until finalization of the adoption.
(d)  In determining whether the best interest of the child is served by transferring the custody of the minor child to the prospective adoptive parent selected by the parent, the court shall consider the rights of the parent to determine an appropriate placement for the child, the permanency offered, the child's bonding with any potential adoptive home that the child has been residing in, and the importance of maintaining sibling relationships, if possible.

Please note that Hope for Families Adoption Services Inc. is a licensed child placing adoption agency (#10009679) but we are not a legal firm, attorneys, or attempting to provide legal services. The previous explanations of this Florida Statute are NOT legal interpretation, counsel or advice, but meant to provide a brief overview of the Intervention Adoption Process in Florida. If you require a legal opinion or interpretation of how these statutes may specifically affect your situation then we recommend that you seek legal counsel from a competent attorney.

Hope For Families Adoption Services, Inc

HOPE FOR FAMILIES ADOPTION SERVICES has loving families who desperately want to adopt and become parents. Before we recommend anyone to you through our rigorous home study and clinical assessment process, we first have their backgrounds thoroughly checked, and make sure there is no criminal record.

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