The Baby Adoption Process in Florida for Pregnant Women
W omen must make very difficult decisions when facing an unplanned pregnancy. Our team can help you learn more about the process anytime by calling us at 1.800.251.0497 or by contacting us online below.
The following information is a general overview of the baby adoption process in Florida.Please understand that your individual circumstance will determine the process that you must follow and the following should only be considered a general overview.
Gathering Information About Adoption
For women who are facing the difficult decisions of an unplanned pregnancy there are a vast number of resources available to help. Our team can confidentially answer all of you questions about the process and the future you will face. Women who choose to place their child using an open adoption can remain a part of their child’s life. Open adoptions are well known to create a better emotional experience for the child and the mother.
Our team can put you in touch with other women who have made the choice to place their child through adoption. Call us anytime at 1.800.251.0497 or contact us online.
How much will my child know about me?
It will depend on the adoption plan you choose. The adoption process can be open, semi-open, or closed / confidential. You are encouraged to provide medical history to your child. You may choose to share your identity and where you live with the adoptive family. If you’ve made an open adoption plan, you may have ongoing, direct contact with your child and the adoptive family.
Adoption is an unselfish act of love. There are thousands of loving families who cannot have a baby, but would love to bring a child into their home to love and raise. The families dream of a child that will be the center of their life. Every child deserves to be raised by parents that can offer them their best opportunity.
Even though you may not be able to provide the best life for a baby, you can still provide your baby with the gift of life by picking adoption. Our adoption professionals will work with you throughout the entire process. We can help you plan everything from selecting a financially stable, loving family, all the way through the adoption and into the child’s future.
Making the Decision for Your Baby’s Adoption
Some women are not ready to be a parent, but do not want to get an abortion. The adoption process can give them the answer they need for their difficult circumstance.
Only you can decide what’s right for your baby!
To help you decide if adoption is right for you, our team of adoption professionals can answer questions about adoption such as:
- Who will pay for the pregnancy and medical bills?
- How do I pick the the family that adopts my baby?
- Can I remain a part of the baby’s life?
- What about the baby’s dad?
- What are the choices that must be made during the adoption?
- Our team is here to help! We will educate you about adoption, but the choice is strictly yours to make. We will not pressure you to make a decision, rather we will be your support.
The baby’s dad, under Florida Law, must provide financial and emotional support during pregnancy and after birth if they want to interfere with your adoption plan. Florida’s paternity registry cuts off unmarried birthfathers rights if they do not register in time.
Creating the Adoption Plan
Once you have made the choice to put your baby up for adoption, the next step in the process is to begin creating your adoption plan.
When you use our Jacksonville resource for your adoption, you are in charge!
Creating your adoption plan is it’s own process and will start with choosing the ideal adoptive family, the contact you wish will share with the family and child, how you envision the hospital stay, and much more.
Your Adoption Plan is tailored to you. You can choose the:
- Type of family you want
- Contact you have with the adopting family during pregnancy, at the hospital, and into your child’s life
- Emotional support and counseling you receive
- Financial assistance you get during & just after pregnancy
- Hospital visit and labor day plan
- Ongoing contact with the baby and the family
Choose the Family Adopting Your Baby
There are thousands of men and women waiting to create adoptive families. This is your most important decision and your opportunity to provide your baby the best life possible.
A birth mother can specify characteristics ranging from age, religion, hobbies, etc. You may talk to the adoptive family by phone. You can meet them in person to ask questions. It is up to you how you choose the perfect family for the baby. There can be free communication with adoptive parents throughout the pregnancy. A warm relationship can develop between a birth mom and the chosen family.
Getting Ready for the Labor and the Hospital Stay
In the state of Florida a consent to the adoption of a minor who is to be placed for adoption may can not be executed by the birth mother until 48 hours after the child’s birth.
Your hospital plan is a part of the adoption plan, but you have full control through out the entire adoption process.
After the baby is born, usually, before the birth mom is released from the hospital, she will sign the legal papers which will surrender her parental rights to the child. A consent for adoption, once signed, is generally binding and irrevocable.
You can certainly change your mind before signing any papers to finalize the adoption.
How soon after birth can my baby go to the parents I choose?
As soon as you choose. In fact, many birth moms request that the adoptive mother be present in the delivery room. Adoptive parents can take the baby home directly from the hospital.
Sharing Contact After the Adoption
The contact you have with the family after the adoption process is legally finalized can be as much or as little as you want. This is a decision you make early in the adoption process. Like any relationship, adoption relationships can also evolve over time.
Some women receive pictures and letters of their child. You may do an email exchange, phone calls and even future visits. It is all in your control while you plan your adoption.
There is a family out there looking for you!
Who can I talk to?
When you contact us we will put you in touch with attorneys and adoption professionals who can answer all of your questions. They will not pressure you to make a decision! They will just help you be informed when you do.