Archive for September, 2016

Pregnant? Must-Know Teen Pregnancy Facts

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You recently discovered you are pregnant.  As a teenager, you likely have a thousand questions running through your head:  Am I ready for this responsibility?  Do I want to be a mother right now? How will I tell my parents?  How will the father of my baby react?  Do I have the emotional or financial support I need?  What about school, my friends, my life?

Take a deep breath.  You are not alone in this.  There are hundreds of thousands of teen pregnancies each year, most of which are unplanned.  Whether you are 15-years-old or going off to college this year, know that there are resources and knowledgeable professionals to help you along the way.

Right now, you may be unsure if you are ready to parent a child.  You may not know how having a baby can or will affect your life.  You may not know about your other options as a teenager.  50 percent of teens today do not think about pregnancy or parenthood at all.

At Adoptions With Love, we believe that being informed is the best thing you can do for both you and your child.  We have created this infographic to show you the teen pregnancy facts and outcomes you should consider before making a decision regarding your child. We can also help you talk to your family.

One of the first things to consider after discovering an unplanned pregnancy is how a baby will affect your life.  Ask yourself if parenting is realistic at your age.  Ask yourself if you have the finances and support you need to raise a child.  Ask the father if he wants to be involved.  Today, most teen fathers do not end up marrying the mother of their child.  They also typically pay less than $800 a year in child support.

Next, take time to explore your options.  Despite being young, you still have the right to parent your child or make an adoption plan.  If you are unsure or simply not ready for the responsibilities that come with parenthood, know that adoption is a positive option for you and your baby.

When you work with Adoptions With Love, you can make an informed decision free of pressure.  Know that we are here for you and will respect any decision you make.  Only you know what is right for you and your baby.  We are simply here to help guide, educate, and make you feel comfortable at every step of the way.  Please do not hesitate to call us toll-free at 1-800-722-7731 or text us confidentially at 617-777-0072 for more information on our free services or your adoption options as a teen. To learn more about teenage pregnancy, download our free guide below.

 

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State by State: How to Place Your Baby for Adoption in Florida

Are you considering adoption for your baby, but do not know where to start?  You have come to the right place.  Adoptions With Love is a licensed, non-profit adoption agency helping expectant/birth parents nationwide find the best possible homes for their children.

If you are currently living in Florida, there are specific steps you will need to take to place your baby for adoption.  You do not have to go through this process alone.  Our trusted adoption agency serving Florida is here to help.  It is our aim to help you understand the adoption process and ensure that you are comfortable with each decision made along the way.

For over 30 years, Adoptions With Love has made good relationships with expert adoption attorneys and counselors licensed in the state of Florida.  If you need help placing your baby for adoption, they can meet you wherever is convenient for you to guide you through the process.

Whether you just discovered your pregnancy or have already given birth to your baby, know that it is never “too late” to make an adoption plan in Florida.  This short guide will show you how to begin the process should you choose adoption for your baby.

1.) Choose an Adoption Agency

Your first step in making an adoption plan will be choosing the right adoption agency to guide you.  Your adoption agency will be by your side for advice, support, financial assistance, and counseling throughout the entirety of this journey— as you prepare for the adoption, after placement, and throughout your life.  For this reason, it is important to choose an adoption agency that listens to your wishes, respects your choices, and uses those to help you design the perfect adoption plan.

2.) Understand Florida Adoption Laws

Adoption laws and regulations vary state to state.  It is crucial to find an experienced agency who works with knowledgeable attorneys trained in the adoption laws of Florida.

In Florida, no parent can sign legal adoption documents until 48 hours after the baby’s birth or at the time of discharge from the hospital, whichever comes first.  This ensures that birth parents are one hundred percent confident in their decision.  Once the legal documents are signed in Florida, birth parents cannot change their minds.  For this reason, we recommend you take time to consider all of your options.  Be completely certain that your decision is the most positive one for your child.

If you choose to work with Adoptions With Love, our adoption attorneys in Florida can help guide you through the legal process.  There is never any charge for our attorneys, counselors, or any other expectant/birth mother services at our agency.  In fact, we can help you with your expenses!

Florida law allows assistance with pregnancy-related expenses to birth mothers before, during, and after the child’s adoption.  For example, the right agency can help you pay for:

  • Rent/mortgage
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Utility bills
  • Maternity clothing
  • General living expenses

3.) Choose an Adoptive Family

In Florida, every expectant/birth mother has the right to choose an adoptive family to raise her child.  If you would like to select an adoptive family for your baby, your adoption agency can show you the many waiting families who may be a match for your child.  You can take as much time as you need in choosing the right adoptive family for your baby.  You can also meet them in person.

Rest assured that no matter which adoptive family you choose for your child, your child will be safe and secure.  All potential adoptive families must be thoroughly screened and evaluated by a licensed adoption agency.  This includes an extensive home study process as well as a series of background checks to ensure that waiting families are fit to raise a child.  Adoption agencies such as Adoptions With Love are here to make sure your baby is placed in a loving, safe, and stable home.

4.) Discuss an Adoption Plan

If you choose to work with an open adoption agency serving Florida, you will have the option to personally design the type of adoption plan you want: an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or a closed adoption plan.  Your adoption counselor will explain all of these options to you and, if you would like, will help you create a plan that meets all of your individual hopes and needs.

5.) Pursue Adoption Support

After your baby’s adoption, it is important to seek ongoing support.  Through a reputable adoption agency serving Florida, you can participate in adoption support groups, speak with other birth mothers who have placed, and meet one-on-one with licensed counselors.

Adoptions With Love is a full-service adoption agency that aims to protect the health and well-being of expectant/birth parents and their children.  For this reason, we offer the following free services to expectant/birth mothers considering adoption:

  • Complete counseling
  • Help designing your adoption plan
  • Assistance finding quality medical care
  • Housing assistance 
  • Financial assistance
  • Legal assistance
  • Ongoing Contact

This is our State by State Adoption blog series.  To learn about the different areas we service, or to find the specific steps of adoption in your state, please visit adoptionswithlove.org/areas-we-service.