Teen seeks adoptive parents from pulpit

In Pennsylvania and other states, adoption of a child may be a complex process. In Florida, a 15-year-old boy has taken the matter into his own hands and is trying to find a family to adopt him.

The boy was born in jail to a mother who was not able to care for him. He has been moved from one foster home to another and is now living in a group home with 12 other youths. In June of this year, he learned, with the aid of a library computer, that his mother had died. Knowing that she was never going to come take care of him ignited a change in the boy. He dropped 40 pounds, learned to control his temper and started doing better in school.

Now, he has taken one more step toward finding a permanent home. Wearing a borrowed suit, he went to St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, to ask if anyone would be interested in adopting him. He was invited to address the congregation, and he presented his quest for a family to the church members. A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Children and Families Suncoast region said that making his pitch to the congregation was the boy’s idea and reported that over 300 phone calls have now been received inquiring about his situation.

Many adoptions have a touching, human side, but adoption is also a legal process. An attorney knowledgeable in the adoption laws of the state may be able to assist with the required paperwork and filings when a person or couple is considering the adoption of a child or teen.

Source: People, “Florida Boy Goes to Church to Find Someone to Adopt Him“, K. C. Blumm, October 17, 2013