How to Place a Baby Up for Adoption in Florida

The 5 Steps of Giving a Baby Up for Adoption in Florida

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Florida, you have three options to research in deciding how to move forward from here. Those options are:

The “right” answer is going to be different for everyone. The decision of how you respond to an unexpected pregnancy is one that is extremely personal, and should be made on your own terms.

We’re the leading adoption agency in the nation. As such, American Adoptions is best qualified to offer you no-judgement information about placing a baby for adoption in Florida, but you can always call 1-800-ADOPTION and request free information about all your unplanned pregnancy options, not just adoption.

The following will give you an idea of how to place a baby for adoption in Florida safely:

1. Is Adoption the Right Option for You?

Some people use phrases that suggest women are “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting a baby up for adoption” in Florida. But choosing adoption for your baby is never a decision that a woman makes lightly. It’s always a choice that is made out of love for a person’s child in an effort to give them the best life possible. As such, choosing adoption is something to be respected.

If you’re considering adoption, you’ve probably already put a great deal of thought about the wellbeing of your baby and you may have questions about the Florida adoption process, such as:

Please call 1-800-ADOPTION with your questions. You can get answers 24/7 with no obligation to choose adoption.

2. How Do You Envision Your Ideal Adoption Plan?

Every decision in the process of giving a baby up for adoption in Florida is yours. You’ll determine the important details of the adoption, including:

  • The selection of your baby’s adoptive parents

  • Your hospital and birth plan

  • The amount of post-adoption communication you want to maintain with the adoptive family

  • And more

Your adoption specialist’s job is to inform you about all of your options and to counsel you through the emotional and legal processes of putting your baby up for adoption in Florida, but the decisions are yours to make.

3. What Kind of Adoptive Parents Do You Want for Your Child?

Choosing an adoptive family to love and raise their child is surprisingly comforting for many pregnant women thinking about adoption in Florida. Typically, when you see the “right” family’s adoption profile, you’ll know it.

All of the families who adopt through American Adoptions are:

  • Fully committed to adoption

  • Ready and excited to raise a child

  • Eager to get to know and bond with you before and after the adoption, to whatever extent you feel comfortable with

  • Approved through background checks, home studies and more by the state of Florida and on a federal level

The process of finding adoptive parents for your child when giving baby up for adoption in Florida goes something like this:

  • You’ll talk to your American Adoptions specialist about the life you picture your child having with their family, including where they might live, what (if any) religion they’d be raised in, how many (if any) siblings they’d have, what their parents would be like, where they’d travel, where they’d go to college and more.

  • You’ll review profiles of potential adoptive parents who are a match for what you’re picturing, and then talk to families that feel right to you via conference call with your adoption specialist to get to know them.

  • Once you’ve chosen who your baby’s parents will be, you’ll be able to stay in touch until the delivery and then if you place your baby, you can maintain regular communication after the adoption to whatever extent you feel comfortable for as long as you want.

The relationships created between birth and adoptive families often last lifetimes. It’s not unlike gaining a new branch of family!

4. How Do You Want Your Birth Plan to Go?

Establishing a plan for your time in the hospital during labor and delivery can put your mind at ease and make you feel more prepared. When considering adoption in Florida, you’ll create a custom birth plan with your adoption specialist that takes into consideration factors like:

  • Where you’d like to deliver and receive medical care

  • Who you want as your support system at the hospital and/or delivery room

  • If you want the baby’s adoptive family to be part of the birth

  • If you’d like to give your baby any photos, little gifts, or a letter to commemorate the important day in all of your lives

Florida adoption law requires that you wait at least 48 hours after delivering the baby to offer your adoption consent. When consenting to give your baby up for adoption in Florida, you’re voluntarily terminating your legal parental rights and placing your baby with their adoptive family.

5. How Much Post-Adoption Communication Do You Want to Maintain?

Once the adoption is finalized, you’re officially considered a “birth parent.” This is a special role in your child’s life. You can continue to stay involved in that role if you want through an open adoption.

After giving up a baby for adoption in Florida, post-adoption communication can take any form that you want. That’s completely up to you and the adoptive family to establish what works best in your relationship. You can stay in touch through:

  • Skype

  • Letters

  • Email

  • Text

  • Phone calls

  • Visits

  • Any combination of these or more. It’s simply about what makes everyone feel happy and fulfilled.

Not every birth parent feels comfortable talking directly with adoptive families, often for privacy reasons. That’s perfectly fine — American Adoptions can mediate communication between birth and adoptive families for up to 18 years after giving a baby up for adoption in Florida.

No two post-adoption relationships are exactly alike. Some adoptions are very open and have frequent communication, while others prefer to catch up with the occasional email and keep identifying information limited with a more closed adoption. That’s 100 percent up to you!

Placing a baby for adoption in Florida means that you can create a personalized adoption plan that’s right for both you and your baby. Call 1-800-ADOPTION now to receive obligation-free information about adoption in Florida.





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