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Adoption in Fort Myers, Florida

Our Fort Myers Adoption Attorney Can Guide You Through the Process

Adoption is a miracle that involves bringing a child into your family and making that child legally your own. Unfortunately, there can be hiccups in the process. If you are experiencing difficulties, a Fort Myers family lawyer at Your Advocates can help clear things up. Your first step should be to understand the process and begin working with a knowledgeable legal guide.

Contact our firm today at (239) 970-6844 for more information on this exciting process! Your initial consultation will be free, so there is no obligation to reach out! We offer services in Spanish!

Types of Adoption

If you are looking to adopt, you will first need to determine what type of adoption process you plan to undergo. In Florida, there are numerous types of adoption from which to choose, including:

  • Private domestic adoption: Sometimes, children are adopted directly from their birth families. This happens when the birth family chooses the adoptive family and decides how much future contact they will have with the baby after she or he has been adopted.

Families in private domestic adoptions must choose one of the following:

  • Confidential adoption: In confidential adoptions the biological parent(s) of the child does not have a continuing relationship with the child after the adoption process.
  • Open adoption: Adoptions that are open allow a child's biological parent(s) to continue to communicate with that child by telephone, mail, or direct contact.
  • Inter-country or international adoption: If you choose to adopt a child overseas, you must meet the requirements for an international adoption. You must choose a country where the government gives approval for U.S. citizens to adopt children.
  • Relative adoption: If you are a stepmother, stepfather, aunt, uncle, or grandparent of a child and you would like to adopt the child, you can typically do so with the help of a licensed adoption professional. Stepmother and stepfather adoptions are often helpful in declaring that the parent is now the child's legal guardian.
  • Domestic adoption from foster care: You can also adopt a child out of the foster care system. There are children of all ages and races in the foster care system. Oftentimes, you can bring a child out of foster care and into your family with the help of an attorney.

Experienced Advocacy from Your Advocates

A lawyer hands a document on a clipboard and a pen to a smiling man and woman.A skilled Fort Myers adoption attorney at Your Advocates can make sure that you meet all requirements for adoption, work with the social workers and other parties that will be doing inspections, and smooth over any legal complications you encounter. For example, if the child's birth parents contest the adoption when it is being processed, or if you are a stepparent and your spouse's ex is contesting the adoption, it may be wise to have an attorney present to help.

Our legal team will go the extra mile to help you on your family's journey. Adoption is an exciting, yet often complicated, process. We will make it our goal to help you through each obstacle that you encounter.

Call us today to get a Fort Myers adoption lawyer from Your Advocates on your side! One of our firm's attorneys speaks Spanish for your convenience.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • Diana Castrillon
    Diana Castrillon Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

  • Diana Castrillon Attorney
    Diana Castrillon

    Ms. Castrillon has been in practice for over 19 years in the State of Florida. Diana started her practice as a defense attorney representing insurance companies, and for the last 17 years, Ms. Castrillon has been representing only injured workers in Workers’ Compensation cases. READ MORE

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • Over 70 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español