The Impact of COVID-19 on Adoption in Florida
It’s unlikely that anyone needs to be reminded of the widespread impacts of COVID-19. The effects have been seen by families, frontline workers and businesses all over the world and will continue to be seen in years to come. Perhaps one of the lesser-discussed areas of impact is adoption. Amidst all the chaos of COVID-19, social workers and other adoption professionals who help birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees are working hard to adjust the adoption process to get families together as soon and as safely as possible.
New steps and precautions have been implemented to protect and prevent more people from contracting the virus, which may make the adoption journey seem longer. But rest assured, Adoption Choices of Florida is adhering closely to the CDC and state guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all those involved in the adoption process. We are still open, fully functional and dedicated to providing you with the most positive experience possible.
Adjusting the Adoption Process
Along with many other organizations, companies and businesses, Adoption Choices of Florida is not operating in-person. Instead, we are working remotely and offering virtual options for conversations and face-to-face meetings. All the additional health and safety guidelines are to protect our employees, birth parents and adoptive families. We are also remaining in close contact with the hospitals in the area and their altered COVID-19 procedures. Thus, that’s why there are social distancing strategies, increased sanitation and disinfection efforts, and only a limited number of employees and visitors permitted in the building at once.
One of the biggest changes in the adoption process is the inability to have in-person visits. We understand that these are perhaps the most important aspect of the adoption process, as they allow you and the prospective adoptive parents to get to know one another. Communication within the adoption triad is key to building healthy, positive relationships, which is why we offer virtual opportunities for you to connect. These include, but are limited to: ZOOM, FaceTime, phone call, and email.
With the next stage of Florida’s plan to reopen, we may be able to allow in-person visits again, but we will have to wait and see. For now, we are doing what’s best for the health and safety of our employees and clients.
Stress and Fear with COVID-19
To help manage any fear or stress surrounding COVID-19, our agencies are doing their best to stay up-to-date about what’s going on in regard to the virus. Doing so enables us to pass along information to you and our prospective adoptive parents who are currently going through the adoption process or considering adoption as an option. Knowledge is power. The more that’s known about the virus, the more people are going to understand the importance of following the guidelines that have been put in place. It’s not to make our lives difficult or to increase our anxiety levels. It’s to protect us from contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to others.
We understand that you may feel fearful about leaving your homes during these uncertain times. That beginning an adoption journey may not seem safe. But, we assure you that you are in good hands. There’s no need to place your plans for adoption on hold. It’s perfectly ok to place your child for adoption through us.
The Impact of COVID-19 on Adoption
It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had an impact on everyone around the world. The adoption industry is no exception. The pandemic has affected social workers, adoption experts, birth parents and adoptive parents alike. Understandably, the adoption process and life itself seems uncertain and like it’s outside of our control.
Yet, now more than ever, it’s important to remember the things you can control, like your daily schedules and routines. Practice self-care whenever you can. Stay as informed about the virus as possible, as your knowledge will help ease your stress and anxiety levels, and help ensure that you have a healthy and safe pregnancy. Know that our social workers and adoption professionals are doing the best we can to provide you with the most positive and empowering adoption experience possible.
Times are Tough, but Adoption is Still an Option
The biggest challenge in the adoption process right now is the waiting and not knowing. We completely feel you. However, we are dedicated to following health and safety guidelines until we are sure that the risk of spreading COVID-19 has abated. Despite the overall uncertainty of the pandemic, though,keep in mind that adoption is still a safe and possible option. For birth parents, you are still able to place your child for adoption. For adoptive parents, you are still able to adopt. Everything will work out exactly how it’s meant to, and we will walk with you every step of the way. We are in this together.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your specific circumstances, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are ready and willing to help you in any way we can.