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It’s National Adoption Month!

It’s National Adoption Month and there are many wonderful opportunities available to adopt a child. National Adoption Month has been recognized in November for 19 years and is designed to celebrate adoptions, raise public awareness of the need for adoptive families and the issues surrounding adoptions in the United States.  Thousands of children are waiting, both domestically and abroad, to find a family and a home. Some are available through private adoption agencies, and others are waiting in state foster care homes. Other children are adopted from within the family (grandparent adoption, stepparent adoption, etc.). But is adoption right for you and your family?

Here are some of the more common reasons a person should adopt a child.

First and foremost, the desire to provide a child with a family. As an adoptive family, you should want to provide a child with a loving home and family. That should include everything that makes a home a loving place to be, and a family that accepts the child into their home. Family traditions will be shared, routines altered and memories created. It also means accepting the child for who they are – even their faults. It’s important to remember that, the child may have experienced unfortunate circumstances and may need help to begin anew and start a new life. Indeed, those circumstances may be the reason the child needs help from your family!

The desire to help a child move on in life. Adoptive parents should have an interest in helping a child heal from past circumstances that brought about the need for the adoption, whether this comes from abuse, neglect, being abandoned, or orphaned. Various services may be needed to facilitate the transition, but there is an abundance of services to help you and the child through the process. Again, by working together as an adoptive family, this journey can be rewarding and successful.

The ability to provide for a child. Adoptive parents want to share their home with a child, and they have the physical space for another child. They commit the time, effort and emotional space in their heart for a new family member. Adoptive families are also financially secure enough to adopt comfortably.

Every family and every adoption presents with unique opportunities and challenges. That’s a journey that every family can understand, and adopting a child can enhance that journey for both the child and you as an adoptive family. If you would like to explore your options to adopt a child, contact an adoption agency, state social services department or local adoption attorney to find out how you can get started.


Andrew D. Wheeer is a family law, elder law and appellate attorney, and the founder of The Wheeler Firm, PA. Andrew only take cases in those practice areas in order to focus on those special areas of the law. With offices in Fort Walton Beach and Miramar Beach, Andrew represents clients throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties, and has represented more than 2,000 clients over the course of the past 15 years. Andrew attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate of law in 2002. While attending law school, Andrew was active in numerous legal writing opportunities, won awards for legal writing and was selected as a member of the Cumberland Law Review. Andrew was then accepted to the Cumberland Study Abroad Program and attended Durham University in Durham, England. Andrew also worked as a research assistant and intern for Chief Magistrate Judge John Ott in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Over the next 15 years, Andrew represented thousands of clients in divorce, adoption, custody modification proceedings, child support contempt actions, probate litigation, and counseled clients on elder law rights, including long-term care planning and general estate planning. Andrew believes clients desire representation from attorneys who have a thorough understanding of their specific legal issues. Therefore, after beginning his career as a general practitioner, Andrew chose to focus his career on a few specific areas of law - those that affect the family. He continues to concentrate on those areas today. Andrew regularly interacts with the public by speaking to groups of people on family and elder law topics, including long-term care planning and techniques to avoid probate litigation. In 2012, Andrew began teaching seminars on adoption law through the National Business Institute, providing guidance to other attorneys on proper procedures to secure adoptions of children. Andrew is married to Regina Wheeler, with whom he has a son, and the family resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Andrew serves as President of the Destin Kiwanis Club and is active in the local chambers of commerce.

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