How to Give a Baby Up for Adoption in Florida
The 5 Steps of Placing a Child for Adoption With Our Agency
Considering adoption is a process full of bravery and love. It’s not a decision that comes easily, and it’s not something you consider without feeling like you have no other option. We know how hard this time must be for you; we have helped many expectant mothers through this process over our 25 years of service.
So, during this difficult time, American Adoptions is here to help. This guide to giving a baby up for adoption in Florida is meant to help you understand your options and create a plan to move forward, should you consider putting a newborn up for adoption at the end of your pregnancy.
If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Florida, you have three options for your circumstances:
The “right” answer is going to be different for everyone. How you respond to an unexpected pregnancy is extremely personal, and it’s a decision that should be made on your own terms.
That said, having accurate information about giving a child up for adoption in Florida can be a great help. As a leading national adoption agency, American Adoptions is best qualified to offer you objective information about placing a baby for adoption in Florida. Remember: You can always call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist or request free information online anytime.
We can also offer local support from our Florida offices, found at:
3001 North Rocky Point Drive East, Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607
In the meantime, learn how to place a baby for adoption in Florida safely below:
Step 1: Decide If Adoption is Right for You.
You may hear phrases that suggest women are “giving a baby up for adoption” or “putting a baby up for adoption” when choosing this path. But placing a baby for adoption in Florida is never a decision that a woman makes lightly. It’s always a choice made out of love for a child, in an effort to give him or her the best life possible. As such, choosing adoption is something to be respected and celebrated.
If you’re considering giving a child up for adoption in Florida, you’ve probably thought hard about the wellbeing of your baby. You may also questions about the newborn adoption process, such as:
- “Does it cost to place a baby for adoption?”
- “How is the baby’s father involved in the adoption process?”
- “Can I stay in contact with my child and their family after the adoption if I choose to?”
Our specialists are able to answer these questions and more when you call 1-800-ADOPTION. You can get answers 24/7 with no obligation to choose adoption. In fact, we’ll talk to you about all of your unplanned pregnancy options, to help you decide which path is right for you.
Step 2: Create Your Adoption Plan.
Every decision in the process of giving a baby up for adoption in Florida is yours.
You’ll first determine the important details of the adoption, including:
- 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 always yours to make.
Step 3: Choose Adoptive Parents.
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 when giving a baby up for adoption in Florida goes something like this:
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Once you’ve chosen who your baby’s parents will be, you’ll be able to stay in touch until the delivery. If you still wish to place your baby at that time, 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!
Step 4: Create a Birth Plan.
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:
- 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. A lawyer will always be present to inform you of your rights and answer your questions during this process.
Step 5: Begin Post-Placement Communication.
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. It’s completely up to you and the adoptive family to establish what works best in your relationship. You can stay in touch through:
- Phone calls
- 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 or request more free information online.
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