"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."  T. S. Eliot 

 

A NOTE FROM June Lewis, LCSW

There are no unwanted babies.  Sometimes they need help finding their forever family and I am devoted to helping them do that.  As long as women continue to give birth and adoptive parents want to start or expand their family, there will be a need for adoption. 

 
June Lewis

MY history


My interest in adoption began with my own issues of infertility and personal experiences with adoption.  It seemed like a natural progression to pursue a professional career in the field of adoption and I have enjoyed that journey for more than 40 years.  


Adoption has undergone many changes over the years.  The first laws regulating adoption were passed in 1981 in Massachusetts and continue to evolve. Orphan  trains, homes for unwed mothers, sealed records, and wars leaving orphaned children abroad are part of that history.  Societal changes including the advent of baby formula, Roe v. Wade, acceptance of single parenthood, the Civil Rights movement and the Multiethnic Placement Act have influenced our houghts and actions.   .  

 During the last 15 years a great deal of research has been done to help us better understand the long and short term effects of adoption on all members of the adoption triad; birth mothers, adopted persons, and adoptive parents.  The elimination of “secrecy” and the stigma attached to adoption have been greatly reduced with the return of “open” adoptions.  In most adoptions today the birth mother is involved in the selection of the adoptive parent(s) for her child.  She usually meets them and may have ongoing communication with them after the adoption is finalized.

Many people turned to international adoptions which peaked in 2006 with nearly 23,000 children being adopted by U.S. parents.  Additional regulations including implementation of The Hague Convention, changes in the laws of the sending countries, rising costs, and the preference for making special needs children a priority led to a dramatic decrease in the number of international adoptions which hit a low of 6,400 in the year 2014.  

On Oct. 12, 2010, Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) announced they would not appeal the court ruling that the prohibition on LGBT family adoption is unconstitutional.All of  the Florida’s adoption-related forms now exclude any reference to sexual orientation.   In January of 2015 same sex marriages were recognized in Florida.  Surrogacy and Embryo adoptions are also options available to prospective parents.  . 

As an adoption social worker, I consider it my duty to keep abreast of changes in adoption laws and practice.   If I am unable to assist you I will do my very best to refer you to someone who can.  


 

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