Assistance with living and uninsured medical expenses as permitted by FL law.
Help with obtaining prenatal care.
Ability to choose an adoptive family and decide on the type of adoption you would like to pursue (Open, Semi-Open, or Closed).
Custom adoption plan that can include post-birth communication with the adoptive family, including exchanging letters and pictures during the span of the child's life.
Availability of Attorney 24/7 and access to Licensed counseling support
Access To life skill teacher/career strategist 24/7 to help you stand up on your feet.
I remember feeling helpless. I didn’t know how to get Medicaid; I didn’t know how to find the right family; I didn’t even know how the adoption process worked….I was intimidated by the situation and couldn’t accept the fact that this pregnancy was a blessing and not just a “situation”. So THANK YOU for not giving up on me and for having so much patience with me. Thank you for showing me the beauty of choosing adoption.
Elizabeth is a compassionate and thoughtful human being. My husband and I were excited, yet had some anxieties about adoption. We didn’t know what to expect. We met Elizabeth who walked us through and always made sure we knew we were an important part of the whole adoption process. She answered every question and stood with us until our adoption was final. In the world of confusion and anxiety, she brought calm. Thank you Elizabeth. Now our family is complete!
Stephanie is doing this for the right reason. It's like this is her ministry.
We highly recommend and love Elizabeth Berkowitz, our adoption attorney! She has been our adoption attorney for both our 2 boys and we had incredible experiences with her. She is highly professional, extremely genuine in her care, and works hard on both the behalf of the birth family as well as the adoptive parents. She treats us with high respect and becomes a part of oura adoption family by the end of the process. It is hard to find adoption attorneys/agencies with as high of caliber as her! You are not just a number, but a family to be taken care of through the process. She has made our adoption process that much easier for us in the midst of all the ups and downs of adoption.
Thank you for helping me and journey with all the legal necessities. Thank you for not only being my amazing lawyer, but also a friend. And most of all, thank you for helping us find the perfect family for our baby! I thank God for guiding us to you and for working everything out perfectly. We could NOT have done it without you! Thank you!
How can I ever thank you for my child? You have given us a gift that feels miraculous. You truly do God’s work in the faxes, focus, phone calls and fedexes you deal with. I hope there is a special place in heaven for people like you. You make the world -and my world in particular- a wonderful, hopeful place.
You’ve given us a gift that just keeps giving! Our baby is almost 1 year old now! He is the best thing to ever happen to us and is filling our lives with joy! Thank you!
Thank you with all my heart! I am so grateful for all your time and energy spent on our case. You have given me the most incredible gift. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you!
The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White recognize the overwhelming emotions involved in adoption. We provide individual and affordable legal services to adoptive parents, adoption agencies, and birth parents.
Elizabeth R. Berkowitz, Esquire is an attorney with an extensive and exclusive practice in the area of adoption law. Ms. Berkowitz is currently serving as the President of the Florida Adoption Council and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2015. She is head of the Mentoring Committee for adoption professionals. She has also contributed to the changes made in the adoption law at the legislative level. Her memberships include the Palm Beach County Bar Association, Craig S. Barnard Inns of Court, Cuban Bar Association, Florida Association of Woman Lawyers and The Federalist Society. She is certified as a Guardian Ad Litem and as a Justice Teacher for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. She was admitted to the Federal Bar which allows her to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Berkowitz was honored in 2011 as Woman of the Year for the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. Berkowitz was awarded the Adoption Star award in 2019 by the Florida Adoption Council for her contribution to the advancement of adoption on a legislative and practitioner level.
Ms. Berkowitz provides representation to adoptive families in domestic private placement adoptions and practices in contested adoption and litigation cases. The practice of Berkowitz & White is dedicated to the adoption of children of all ages. She provides representation in step-parent and relative adoptions as well. Ms. Berkowitz also provides representation in state intervention cases where a birth parents’ rights have not been yet terminated by the state.
Ms. Berkowitz donates a high number of pro bono hours to assisting and representing birth parents that have not had their rights protected. She has been honored to be the keynote speaker at several hospitals, pregnancy clinics, health departments, and organizations.
Ms. Berkowitz prides herself on the community service that she provides to our community with her Family. She and her family created a soccer program for disabled children. She is also a NICU cuddler at St. Mary’s Hospital and a member of 100+ Women Who Care. She spends a large amount of time acting as a voice for children in the dependency system as a Guardian Ad litem.
Elizabeth is married and has two amazing sons that attend college. She loves watching her sons play soccer. She enjoys cooking her native Cuban food and spending as much time possible with her three little dachshunds.
Stephanie White is an attorney in Pensacola, Florida where she focuses on adoption and child related issues. Before moving to Pensacola and starting with Sansing, Stephanie was an attorney in Dallas, where she represented abused and neglected children as the courts decided adoption, placement, and parental rights matters. She also served as a supervising attorney for the Children’s Advocacy Legal Clinic at the SMU Dedman School of Law and as a contract research attorney for Texas Lawyers for Children. Before practicing child advocacy law, she was a commercial litigator with Winstead Sechrest & Minick.
She is very involved in the community. Stephanie was appointed by the Board of Governors as a trustee for the University of West Florida. She was recently appointed by Governor DeSantis to be on the Escambia Children’s Trust Board, where she holds the position of chair. She is also on the boards of several nonprofits including World Help, Student Leadership University, the Secret Place, and serves as President of the Board of the Northwest Florida YMCA.
Stephanie and her husband Frank have three boys – twins, Henry and Clayton, and Wesley, and a daughter, Kathryn. Stephanie and Frank teach Sunday School at First Baptist Church. She enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her family and friends.