Adoption: List of Steps to Adopt in Miami-Dade County
- Call Our Kids of Miami-Dade & Monroe, Inc. at 305.455.6000.
- A social worker from one of the agencies contracted by Our Kids will conduct a phone interview with you in order to provide an overview of the process and to help you determine if adoption is right for you and your family.
- You will be invited to attend the P.R.I.D.E. (or Parent Resource for Information, Development & Education) training course, which includes 5 in-class sessions and 5 online sessions. This course will help you and your family prepare for adoption.
- Your fingerprints will be taken, a local, state and federal background check will be completed and references will be requested as part of the background screening process.
- A social worker will visit you in your home to start an Adoption Home Study, review an Adoption Application and set up visitation with the child or children you are interested in adopting.
- Information on visits, the Adoption Application, the home study and other pertinent information is presented in Juvenile Dependency Court.
- The court will provide an order allowing the child or children to be placed in your home.
- The social worker will continue to visit your home for a minimum of 90 days during the Placement Supervision period. This period will end when a "consent to adopt" is presented to your adoption attorney.
- Your attorney will schedule a hearing before the Juvenile Dependency Court at which time the adoption becomes legal and the child becomes a legal member of your family!
P.R.I.D.E. Training is based on the belief that all children need stability and permanency by being parented by families who accept and understand their needs as well as have the skills and willingness to meet those needs. The families need to understand the impact past adversity has on the child's development, and they need to believe in the child's resiliency and ability to move onward in life. The goal is to increase awareness and knowledge about the needs of adopted children, to apply understanding and develop the necessary skills to meet the needs of the child you hope to adopt.