Helping Birth Parents in Florida
If you or someone you know is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy and needs assistance exploring options, we can help. Do you have a child in foster care and your parental rights have not been terminated? We can help. Our goal is to provide expecting and existing parents with the information they need to make decisions that are right for them and their children. Our highly experienced staff is available 24/7 to answer questions.
Hearts to Home
Our Hearts to Home (Adoption from Foster Care) Program is designed for families seeking to adopt a child through the foster care system and provides supportive resources and services unique to foster adoption. Serving children ages 3-18 in the child welfare system, Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc identifies families best suited to embrace and manage the specialized needs of Florida’s waiting children. The process- from navigation to placement, to counseling and coaching- helps to promote success and ultimate well-being for the child and the family.
Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc. works with families interested in adopting children all over the world. Adopting internationally is often referred to as intercountry adoption. International adoption over the years has changed, and the profiles of children needing homes has changed. Historically, adoptive parents habitually residing in the United States sought to adopt healthy infant girls, but they are now finding families in the birth countries. Children with special needs, older children and boys are typically more available for international adoption. We can provide the expertise to help adoptive parents identify international adoption options. Our intercountry adoption services include international home studies, outgoing placements, post-placement and post-adoptions supervision and counseling, Dossier preparation, adoption education, USCIS support, networking, Florida adoption finalization and recertification assistance.
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The positive aspects I experienced during my adoption process with this agency was everything I needed. Same for the questions, if there was anything I wanted to know about all I had to do was ask and I shortly received my answers. I loved the fact that with the agency I controlled what kind of family I wanted my child to be a part of.
I just wanted to say hello to you and let you know that one of the reasons I am in a better place (emotionally) is because of the help, love and support you provided to me during my difficult time.
We are just so incredibly grateful! I cannot tell you how much Joe and I appreciate the way everything has been handled from the moment we got the phone call from Meredith on May 4th. Every single person we have had contact with in your agency and Attorney Tate’s office have been helpful, informative, kind, and made this such a smooth process. We have been and will continue to recommend Heart of Adoptions to anyone we know that’s looking to create a family.
There are so many of you that had a huge impact on completing our family. I am amazed at how smoothly you all orchestrated together. Thank you for helping us through the difficult moments in such a wonderful and professional way!
Working with Heart of Adoptions to adopt our son was a very welcoming process. Prior to coming to Heart of Adoptions, we faced discrimination at more than one agency, so we were leery at first. However, we felt comfortable every step of the way. Not once were we pigeonholed. Not once were we stereotyped. They wanted the same thing we did: the absolute best for our growing family.
I was scared, alone, pregnant, and had no clue what to do. All I knew was that I wanted the beautiful life I was carrying around to have an amazing life … a life I couldn’t give her. Heart of Adoptions made that possible for me. It changed me in so many ways for the better. The whole experience. It made me a stronger woman and I can’t thank you enough for that! Y’all helped me at a time in my life that was so scary. I love sharing my story because it’s truly the thing I’m most proud of doing in my life.
New To Adoption?
The costs of adoption are wide-ranging, primarily depending on the birth mother’s living and medical expense needs. Generally, the costs range from $32,000 to as high as $45,000+. You will be able to tell us your adoption budget so we can stay within your parameters.
In matched situations where an adoptive family has already identified birth parents, fees typically range from $7,000 to $13,000 depending on the extent services will be provided.
Yes, Florida law permits adoptive parents to provide the actual and reasonable living expenses during the pregnancy and up to a maximum of six weeks following delivery if the birth mother is unemployed, underemployed or suffering from a medically diagnosed disability. This typically is handled through the agency.
The birth mother usually makes a “dream family list” that identifies the qualities important to her in an adoptive family. She is then presented with several families on our list that meet her requests and who have comfort levels matching her various social and medical history. She then selects from those families. Occasionally, birth mothers prefer us to select the adoptive family, and this is done in chronological order taking into consideration social/medical situations.
An independent investigation to verify your suitability as adoptive parents. They are valid for up to one year in Florida and can be updated easily. If you need assistance in obtaining a home study, Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc. can complete your home study or can refer you to a qualified professional if you live outside Florida.
Currently, we place children into the Netherlands and Canada only. Regarding Canada, we only work with the following provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta.
No, we currently do not have any incoming programs, however, we can assist you with your international home study and post placement supervision requirements if you reside in Florida and have a primary provider in place.
The fee to complete an international home study is $2,300.00 and on average takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete.
The average age of children waiting in the foster care system on an adoptive home is between the ages of 8 and 10 years of age.
We encourage families to investigate their local county programs. There is a great need for foster parents in Florida! Many counties require that families foster first or foster only. The goal of the Hearts to Home program is to focus on the youth in care who are awaiting adoptive homes. We work with all 67 counties in Florida to provide foster-to-adopt homes for these youths. We also work out of state!
Yes. Adopting children from foster care is typically less expensive than domestic infant adoption. Adoption tax credits are often available to most families adopting through the Hearts to Home Program. We ask that families attend an Information Night and schedule a one-on-one meeting with a program representative to get an in-depth understanding of the fee structure.
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Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc.
Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is Hague Accredited to complete international adoptions. In addition to international work, we promote adoption education through our dedication to assisting families facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing resources and support. Heart of Adoptions Alliance, Inc. also works to provide grants to families needing assistance with the costs of adoption, when possible.