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Adoption Attorney in Tampa Bay

Adoptions in Florida

The decision to adopt can be overwhelming without the right advocate by your side.  At The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., we take the time to answer your questions about the adoption process and determine the best course of action for you and your family.  We can help whether you are beginning the adoption process from scratch or seeking to adopt a stepchild, close relative, or adult.

The Placement Process

Florida law provides that most prospective adoptive parents must complete several steps prior to having a child placed with them. These steps include attending a parenting course and submitting to a home study. At The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., we will guide you along the process of placement and prepare you to welcome a new addition to your family.

Termination of Parental Rights

Once you have completed the placement process, the next step is the termination of the biological parents' rights. In most adoptions, you will need to petition the Court for termination of parental rights before requesting that the Court grant an adoption. The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., will answer your questions regarding termination of parental rights and formulate the right strategy for you.

Petition for Adoption

Now all of the groundwork has been laid for your prospective adoption. What next? At The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., we will prepare your petition for adoption and guide you through the factors that the Court will examine in making its decision. We will advocate for the establishment of your parental rights and stand by your side throughout the adoption process.

Stepchild/Stepparent, Close Relative, and Adult Adoption

If you are seeking to adopt a stepchild, close relative, or adult, Florida law has established an accelerated process to help families like yours. At The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., we will walk you through the steps that you can take to ensure that your stepchild, close relative, or adult adoption progresses in a smooth and expedited manner.

Same Sex Adoptions and Adoption Options for the LGBT Community

Florida now has adoption options for the LGBT community.  You may have questions regarding same sex adoptions or the possibility to become a second parent to your partner's children.  The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., will provide you with an overview of your family rights and tailor a plan for your specific situation.

Member of the Florida Adoption Council

Adam B. Cordover is a member of the Florida Adoption Council.  The Florida Adoption Council is a not for profit state-wide association of adoption professionals, including attorneys, agencies, and social workers, dedicated to the furtherance and improvement of the adoption process within the state of Florida.

By working as a team, these professionals strive to provide information on a wide variety of interests ranging from interstate adoption and surrogacy to step-parent and relative placements.  Members of the Florida Adoption Council are heavily involved in Florida’s adoption legislation and lobbying issues. These efforts have led to many improvements in the adoption process, and increased  standards of professionalism, competence and ethics.


Adoption Consultation

To schedule a consultation or learn more about The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A., call us at 813.443.0615 or fill out our contact form.

An Adoption Lawyer in Tampa Bay

Located in Downtown Tampa at the intersection of North Florida Avenue and East Madison Street, we practice throughout the Tampa Bay area, including in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Sarasota, and Manatee counties.

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