Florida Adoption Information for Expectant/Birth Parents
The adoption process in Florida can be confusing. Working with an experienced, private adoption agency can help ease the process. Choose an adoption agency that is well-versed in Florida’s adoption laws, and that has experience with prior adoptions in Florida. You should also consider a Florida adoption agency that can answer any questions you have along the way.
Below are common questions we receive from expectant/birth mothers in Florida.
Who must consent to an adoption in Florida?
According to the State of Florida, a birth mother or any person who is lawfully entitled to the custody of the child may provide written consent to an adoption, to terminate parental rights. A birth father may do so only if he has filed an affidavit for paternity, a court has established paternity, the child was conceived or born while married to the birth mother, or he has acknowledged paternity in writing, if unmarried.
When can you consent to adoption in Florida?
For a birth father, consent to adoption may be given any time before or after the child is born. For a birth mother, consent may not be given until at least 48 hours (or two days) after the child’s birth or on the day she is discharged from the hospital – whichever comes first. This gives the birth mother time to make sure she is confident with her decision. Once the adoption consent forms are signed, they are irrevocable. Your adoption attorney will help you understand these (and other) laws specific to Florida adoptions.
How can you know you are choosing the right family for your baby?
Many birth mothers say they felt an instant connection with an adoptive family profile. Some birth mothers take more time with the decision, and weigh the values, the background, and the interests of various adoptive families. Only you will know which family is right for your baby. However, you can rest assured that no matter which family you choose, you will be choosing a loving, stable family. All adoptive families must undergo a Home Study prior to adopting. This months-long process involves several interviews and home visits, background checks, a physical assessment of the safety of the home, references, and documents ensuring the physical, mental, emotional, and financial health of the family. At Adoptions With Love, our adoptive parents also attend comprehensive parent training courses before the adoption.
What happens after placing your baby for adoption in Florida?
Once the adoption is complete, birth parents are encouraged to continue counseling services. They are also encouraged to keep in touch, both with the adoption specialists and adoptive family. Adoption is a lifelong journey, and Adoptions With Love is there for you every step of the way, including the many years following your child’s birth. We are always here for you.
What will my baby think of me?
Adoption is the most difficult decision you can make. I It is one of the most loving decisions you can make for your baby. Although it may be difficult right now, choosing adoption means that you love your baby so much that you put his or her needs above your own. Adoption allows you to give your child a happy, healthy, and stable life – one you may not be able to provide at this time. You are not giving up your baby for adoption. You are making a loving, selfless plan for his or her future. This is important to remember as you begin your adoption journey.
It is never too late to make an adoption plan in Florida, whether you are currently pregnant or have just given birth. Call 1-800-722-7731 to ask even more questions about Florida adoption agencies, to learn about your options in the Sunshine State, or to place your baby for adoption. According to Florida law, an attorney can execute an adoption consent at the hospital. Adoptions With Love can send an attorney right to your room and help you place your baby for adoption in Florida.