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:
- 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.