Placing Your Child for Adoption in Florida: The Questions You Should be Asking Yourself
If you've become pregnant unexpectedly, it’s extremely important for you to do research, consider your options and to decide what’s in the best interest of your unborn child. If you’ve evaluated your other options, but have determined that adoption is the best fit for both you and your child, you’ve made an excellent decision! Adoption is one of life’s miracles, bringing your child together with a loving adoptive family who can provide him or her with a chance at a better, brighter future that you may not have been able to provide.
As important as it is for you to do your own research, don’t take it all upon yourself to become an expert on adoption! When you first begin gathering information, you may find it helpful to start by researching local adoption agencies, like Adoption Choices of Florida, which has locations in both Jacksonville and Tampa.
It can be nerve-racking at first to reach out to an agency with your questions and concerns, but our agency doesn’t want you to let your fear prevent you from doing so. At Adoption Choices of Florida, we want you to reach out for help, to ask us questions, to share your concerns with us. Going through an unplanned pregnancy is never easy, so it’s important to work with an agency you trust that will support you throughout the adoption process and that’s what we aim to be.
If You’re Considering Adoption, Ask Yourself…
1. Am I ready to be a parent?
This is an incredibly important question to ask yourself when you become pregnant unexpectedly. Some birth mothers are and that’s great! Some aren’t and that’s fine, too! Being a parent is a huge responsibility, and some birth mothers just aren’t at a place in their life where they’re ready to take on that kind of commitment. If you don’t think you're ready to be a parent, or aren’t at a place in your life where you can be the best parent possible to your child, it’s time to start considering your other options, like adoption!
2. Could I support a child in my current financial situation?
Raising a child is expensive! You must maintain a steady income and have the funds to support your child. If you’ve become pregnant unexpectedly but are struggling financially, it may be time to consider adoption, as this may very well be in your child’s best interest. When you become a parent, whether you decide to raise your child or place him or her for adoption, you should always be making decisions that are in his or her best interest.
3. Do I have a stable career/job?
Raising a child requires you to maintain a stable career because you need a steady, reliable income in order to support your child. If you bounce between jobs often, or are simply still trying to figure what kind of career you want, but are going through an unplanned pregnancy, placing your child for adoption may be a good option for you.
Some birth mothers do have a stable and are very career-oriented, which is wonderful, but if you’re going to raise a child, you must maintain a work-life balance. If you pour all of your time into your career and are very committed to it, adoption is a great option if you’ve become pregnant unexpectedly. Remember, doing what’s in the best interest of your child should always be your first priority!
4. Do I have a strong support system of family and friends?
Again, parenting isn’t easy! And neither is the adoption process! If you’re going through an unplanned pregnancy and have chosen to place your child for adoption, it’s important for you to be surrounded by people who are going to support you, especially through the tough times. Depending on which type of adoption you choose, your child’s adoptive family can be an excellent source of support and comfort for you!
5. Do I have any desire to further my education?
Furthering your education, like parenting, is a major commitment. It’s also time-consuming and expensive! If you’re considering going to school or going back to school, but have become pregnant unexpectedly, adoption might be a good choice for you and may very well be in the best interest of your child.
Have any Questions We didn’t Answer? Feel Free to Reach Out to Us!
It’s our goal at Adoption Choices of Florida to provide you with a convenient, safe and comfortable environment to bring any adoption or pregnancy-related questions and concerns. We’re available 24/7 at both of our Florida locations, in Jacksonville and in Tampa, where you can provide us with the necessary information for us to reach out to you!
Again, you might feel nervous, scared or even embarrassed to reach out to our agency for help. Remember, we’re not here to judge you, we’re here to help you. Because, just like you, we want what’s in the best interest of your child!
If you are a birth parent considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: 800-985-8108