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Adoption 101: Understanding the Process

While choosing to place your child for adoption is never an easy decision, it’s always an option for expectant mothers who want their child to grow up in a loving home. Get all the facts on the adoption process so you can make an informed decision.

Understanding the Adoption Process

The adoption process is designed so that all parties involved feel comfortable that the decision being made is in the best interest of the child. The following steps illustrate the adoption process from start to finish:

  1. Birth parents who have decided to place their child for adoption should contact a qualified adoption agency to get the process started. Adoption Choices of Florida helps expectant mothers throughout Jacksonville and Florida by providing financial stability, medical care, housing, counseling, and more.

  2. Your selected adoption agency will help you form an adoption plan, which will include the type of adoption you want (open, semi-open, or closed).

  3. Once your adoption plan is put in place, you’ll begin meeting with prospective parents. At Adoption Choices of Florida, we help birth mothers find trustworthy, loving homes for their babies, and you get to make the final decision.

  4. Once you’ve selected the adoptive family, you can begin making plans for the birth. Some women want the adoptive family present during the birth, and some do not. Some women want to hold the baby after birth, and some want the baby taken away immediately. All of these decisions are entirely up to you, and we will support whatever decision you make.

  5. In Florida, you must sign the papers that place your baby for adoption within 48 hours after giving birth. You also have the option to sign them earlier. Keep in mind that once you sign the papers, you cannot change your mind. Our counselors will be with you throughout the entire process to answer any questions you have and provide any support you require.

We’re Here for You after the Adoption

After the adoption is complete, our team at Adoption Choices of Florida will still be there for you. Your needs don’t disappear once the adoption happens, and our goal is to make sure you’re in a better place after the adoption than you were before. We’ll ensure you receive the medical care and counseling support you need to have a healthy and positive adoption experience.

Feelings won’t immediately resolve themselves after the adoption is over, and our supportive counseling services are meant to provide birth mothers with a listening ear. Our adoption counselors have worked with individuals in similar situations to yours, and they will offer their thoughts and advice without putting any pressure on you or your decision.

Thinking of Placing Your Child for Adoption? We’re Here to Help

Making the decision to place your child for adoption is never a simple one, but with the right support, the process can be easier. At Adoption Choices of Florida, we stay with you during the entire process from start to finish. We’re available to clients 24/7 and we’re always ready to lend our support or answer your questions when you need us. We provide expectant mothers with financial stability, medical care, housing, counseling, and more.

If you’re an expectant mother thinking about placing your child for adoption, know that you’re not alone. Thousands of women each year make the same decision you’re making now, and adoption agencies like ours are ready and able to help you navigate the process successfully.

If you want to place your child for adoption, contact Adoption Choices of Florida at (800) 985-8108 to speak with a member of our team today.