Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Fort Lauderdale

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Fort Lauderdale

This page provides information to those who are considering adoption and live in or near to Fort Lauderdale, Florida or in the Broward County region. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have gathered information about Pregnancy Resource Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist you to confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with birthing centers.

For those in the Broward County region of Florida who wish to adopt a baby, further below on this page you will find home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents throughout Florida may be found on our Florida State Page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Fort Lauderdale

Pregnancy Resource Centers, also sometimes called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are often not-for-profit clinics where you can go to get help confirming if you are pregnant, and if you would like to, they will discuss “pregnancy options”. Most of these centers are staffed by volunteers who are not necessarily trained medical personnel, so can’t prescribe contraceptives. Because many Pregnancy Resource Centers are associated with pro-life organizations, they will encourage parenting or adoption, however not all of them are faith based. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Broward County region that are in or near Fort Lauderdale are:

Hope Women’s Centers
Mary’s Pregnancy Resource Center
Planned Parenthood Health Center of Pembroke Pines

Affordable Prenatal Care in Fort Lauderdale

Medical clinics have medical personnel on staff so can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They do STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and even dispense contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Fort Lauderdale, Florida that provide affordable prenatal care for those in Broward County are:

Care Resource Community Health Centers
Cora E. Braynon Family Health Center

In addition, information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in Florida to women with limited financial resources may be found at Florida Health.

Hospitals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans during the time of baby’s birth, or have other inquiries. The hospitals with Birthing Centers serving the Fort Lauderdale, Florida region are:

Broward Health Medical Center
Holy Cross Health

Completing the Home Study in Fort Lauderdale

The home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption process. The purpose of a home study is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents to receive a child into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process generally includes collection of information with questions about family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida or the Broward County region:

Advocates for Children and Families
The well-being of children is our priority, and our mission is to provide assistance to people creating new family relationships through adoption.

Connecting Hearts Adoption Services
Connecting Hearts has been helping people become parents through adoption in Florida since 2008.

 Destiny Adoption Services
It’s our privilege to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience.

 Heart of Adoptions
We provide professional home studies for families residing in Florida. Adoptive families enjoy the advantages of using our agency for their home study needs: typically transferable, speed of service, and affordable pricing.

 Hope for Families
For 17 years, Hope for Families Adoption Services has been a state licensed child placing adoption agency and is one of the largest home study providers in all of Florida

Become a Foster Parent in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

If you would like to become a resource family for a foster child in or near Fort Lauderdale, or the Broward County region of Florida you must meet similar requirements to that of the home study required for adoptive parents.

More information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in Florida is available on our Florida state page. In addition to ChildNet, which serves as the lead agency for Broward County, the local agencies listed below provide additional information and services for foster parents in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the entire Broward County region:

Citrus Health Network, Inc.
Devereux Advanced Behavior Health
Pinnacle Family Services

Court Information

To complete the adoption process through court action, once all legal requirements are satisfied, a finalization hearing may be scheduled. If you would like to learn about the adoption laws in Florida, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. Information about the adoption finalization process in Florida is provided on the website for the Family Division of the Broward County Court.

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