Adoption of Minor by Grandparent
by Carmen from Tampa, Florida, Hillsborough County
What Florida form would be needed to petition for adoption of grandson?
Biological mother and father have consented to give up parental rights.
Answer to Florida Adoption Question
Unfortunately, Florida does not have an approved form for Grandparent Adoption.
However, you can utilize the stepparent adoption procedure to successfully adopt your grandchild.
Have a look at our Florida Grandparent Adoption page
for more information.
If you decide not to adopt, there are several things you can do and there are many organizations where you can find some help.
It is a good idea as the caregiver to get certain rights established under law for the sake of the minor child.
Take a look at the Resources section below for groups and resources in Florida that may be better able to help you.Some Florida state laws you should review:
State Laws change and are subject to different interpretations. These general descriptions are not intended as legal advice in any particular situation. Medical Consent FL Stat. ch. 743.0645
• Allows relative to consent to medical care on behalf of a child after provider has made reasonable attempt to contact parent or guardian and if the parent or guardian has not given notice that they oppose the treatment.
Standby GuardianshipFL Stat. ch. 744.304
• Allows guardian to be temporarily appointed by the court with consent of the parents. Standby guardian assumes duties upon death or incapacitation of last surviving parent. Relative Caregiver ProgramFL Stat.ch. 39.5085
• Eligibility requirements for the Relative Caregiver Program, which provides financial assistance to kinship caregivers
Have a look at our Family Adoptions in Florida
page for a comprehensive guide on adoptions by extended family members.Florida Grandparent ResourcesState Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising ChildrenFlorida State Courts Family Law Forms PageGrandparents Raising Grandchildren:
Understanding Relationships Part 1Grandparents Raising Grandchildren:
Building Relationships Part 2Temporary Custody by Extended FamilyNotice:
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