Jewish Family & Community Services

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8540 Baycenter Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Serving Northeast Florida since 1917

Creating Loving Families Through Adoption

First Coast Adoption Professionals has the extensive knowledge to help adoptive families find the right child for them. Our adoptions are usually semi-open, meaning the birth mother has active participation in selecting adoptive parents. We guide you through every step of the process, from the initial application to the final adoption. Most importantly, we give you the emotional support to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of an adoption.

Broad Geographic Reach

First Coast Adoption Professionals is licensed as an agency in Florida, Connecticut and New York and works with a wide variety of other agencies across the United States. Our large geographic range gives us more flexibility in finding the right homes for children.

Home Studies

Since we guide you through the entire adoption process, our licensed staff also conducts state-regulated home studies and post-placement visits. These studies help us get to know you, your family members and the home environment you would provide to an adopted child.

The in-depth study includes review of your background, employment, income, education, lifestyle, values, family life and more. We conduct home studies not only to comply with state law, but to also help us make the best match possible for both you and the child.

Services and information

  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Many adults are eligible to become foster parents in their state but do not always realize it. Each state in the U.S. has regulations and requirements for licensing foster parents. Florida does not require parents to own a large home or quit their jobs and become stay-at-home parents. Florida foster parents must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Prove good health and ability to care for a child
  • Maintain a stable income
  • Pass a background screening
  • Finish 30 hours of foster parent training
  • Complete a Home Study

The required training course is free to aspiring foster parents. It helps parents learn how to foster children and become licensed to provide foster care in Florida.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

3.8 / 5
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Sel B (Sel4JAX)
May 31, 2023

Great organization

Rating: 5

J KingerY
Apr 15, 2023

So friendly and helpful. There are still good people out there.

Rating: 5

Marisela Corzo
Apr 10, 2023

These people are crazy instead of encouraging reunification with your child they rather tell you to sign your rights over instead of giving children treatment! What kind of show are these people running?

Rating: 1

Jackiec796 C
Apr 06, 2023

I am a grandparent of 2 grandchildren in this system and they wont even follow up with me to give me a visitation date to come and see my grandchildren. This has been going on for over 2 years.
I was told by Monica Schwartz in Dec. 2022 that I could visit with the kids and assign to the 4th or 5th new case worker Elizabeth Martin. She started the communication and dropped off just like all the other case workers. NO FOLLOW THROUGH!! I kept emailing both Monica and Elizabeth for a visitation date and I still have not gotten a date.
This is a very sad and disappointing situation!!! The State of Florida trust you and your company to represent them and the children that are in your system. Is this how your company is ran LJD? All I want to do is see my grandchildren and show them that they have family that love and care about them and their well being.

Rating: 1

Sed Taylor
Mar 19, 2023


Rating: 1