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In this Q&A, The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television’s Associate Producer Gregory Fake talks about issues relating to at-risk kids and adoption. Gregory Fake hopes to clear up some misconceptions about adoption.
Q: Is it true that, in the eyes of the law, adoptable kids are seen as having no parents?
Gregory Fake: Yes, it is indeed. In many states, Florida included, the birth parents are required to surrender their parental rights in a court of law. This means that potential adoptive parents shouldn’t worry about the kids’ birth parents coming back into the picture; by law, they can’t. It makes adoption an ironclad decision for adoptive parents and kids both.
Q: How do kids end up in the adoption system? Are they delinquents that have been given up for adoption?
Gregory Fake: No, most kids are removed from their birth parents’ homes due to neglect, abuse, or loss. In today’s work, drug abuse by a parent is often what leads to neglect and the involvement of authorities. Others may be in the system due to a parent being in prison, or simple abandonment. It’s a sad situation.
Q: Isn’t adoption a lengthy process?
Gregory Fake: Ironically, it usually takes only about nine months to finalize an adoption. It’s usually faster than more traditional adoptions, where the adopting couple often waits for a mother to get pregnant, bear the child, then legally give up parental rights.
Q: Is adoption expensive?
Q: It sounds like Florida offers a lot of incentives for adoption.
Gregory Fake: Absolutely, and not just for the child, but for the whole family. Adoption in no way means going it alone. Private organizations like 4KIDS of South Florida also provide wonderful assistance with the fostering and adoption process.
Q: What are some other reasons to consider adoption?
Gregory Fake: Put yourself in the kid’s situation, separated from your parents permanently and longing for a family and a forever home. Wouldn’t you want that sense of security? I cannot think of a better reason to open up your heart and home to a child waiting for their forever family.
Gregory Fake is an associate producer for the television show The Balancing Act on The Lifetime Network. Gregory Fake is also a deacon in his church, and a father of two. Gregory Fake and his family call Pompano Beach, Florida their home.
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