Considering Adoption as a Pregnant Woman in Florida
Before committing to anything, it’s important to know what you’re committing to. This statement can be applied to most anything and is certainly no less true when it comes to placing a child for adoption. Adoption is a huge decision, but if you’ve become unexpectedly pregnant and are considering it, it’s important for you to learn as much about adoption as you can before making the final commitment.
Since there’s so much to know about the world of adoption, Adoption Choices of Florida has put together a list of eight of the most important things to know when you’re considering adoption as a pregnant woman in Florida. This way, you can begin the information-gathering process before determining if adoption is the right decision for both you and your child.
8 Things to Know When Considering Adoption as a Pregnant Woman in Florida
The Differences Between the Three Types of Adoption
In the beginning stages of your adoption journey, it’ll be up to you to decide which type of adoption you think is best for both you and your child. In the state of Florida, a birth mother placing her child for adoption can choose from three types of adoption -- open, semi-open, and closed adoption. Each type of adoption has its own unique advantages and disadvantages; so again, it’s 100% up to you to determine which type of adoption is right for you. For more information on your adoption options, please visit Adoption Choices of Florida's blog on the three types of adoption.
Your Rights as the Birth Mother
The legal aspects of the adoption process can be complex and a little confusing at times, which is all the more reason for you to try your best to learn and understand your rights as your child’s birth mother. To learn more about your rights, you can certainly contact our adoption agency -- with locations in both Jacksonville and Tampa -- where our adoption professionals will be happy to walk you through your rights as a birth mother.
It’s also highly recommended for you to seek guidance from an adoption attorney or someone who specializes in adoption law. Though adoption professionals within our agency are familiar with some of the legal aspects related to adoption, adoption lawyers are much better equipped to answer specific adoption law-related questions. For more information on your rights as a birth mother, please visit Adoption Choices of Florida’s blog on birth mother rights in Florida.
How to Find the Right Adoption Agency for You and Your Child
Before you even begin your adoption journey, you’re going to need to decide upon an adoption agency that you believe has the best interests of both you and your child as its top priority. To do this, it’s best to write down your expectations, wants and needs for your adoption journey and weigh those against the adoption agencies near you. Be sure to have a list of questions ready, too, when you’re ready to start talking to adoption professionals. All of this can help find the adoption agency that’s right for you and where you feel comfortable.
Your Options Regarding Financial Assistance, Prenatal and Medical Care, and Supportive Counseling
More often than not, adoption agencies -- like Adoption Choices of Florida -- offer a variety of resources for birth mothers, including financial assistance, prenatal and medical care, safe housing options, and supportive counseling. If you choose to place your child for adoption, you shouldn’t have to worry about adoption-related costs. Your adoption agency should have more than enough funds and resources to cover any expenses related to the adoption process. Additionally, your child’s adoptive parent(s) will more than likely be willing to pay any other costs related to the adoption process, as their way of thanking you for helping them grow their family.
How to Create Your Child’s Adoption Plan
Creating your child’s adoption plan is another major milestone in your adoption journey. Basically, this adoption plan is going to consist of any and all of your preferences regarding your child’s adoption, including which type of adoption your want, what qualities you’re looking for in an adoptive family, who you want to include in your adoption plan, what you want your child’s future to look like, and so on.
Most birth mothers experience a tremendous amount of pressure when creating their child’s adoption plan, which is where their team of adoption professionals can be helpful. They can be a great resource for helping you figure out what you want to include in your child’s adoption plan, but remember, it’s ultimately up to you to make all of the final decisions and determine what’s in the best interest of your child!
What to Look for When Choosing Your Child’s Adoptive Parents/Family
As aforementioned, your adoption plan should include the qualities you’re seeking in an adoptive family for your child, but it’s worth emphasizing the importance of this again. Also important to note is that some birth mothers have preferences regarding the occupations and income, sexuality, race, religious viewpoints, and so on of their child’s adoptive parents. When creating your child’s adoption plan, be sure to include these things if they’re essential to you. However, don’t lose sight of the qualities that are the most important -- your child’s adoptive family should first and foremost be unconditionally loving, caring, and supportive of your child no matter what!
How to Create Your Birth/Hospital Plan
Another one of the most important steps in the adoption process is creating your hospital/birth plan. A hospital/birth plan is similar to an adoption plan in that it also lists your personal preferences, but this time, these preferences are related to your hospital stay on the day of your child’s birth. Perhaps you’d like to give birth to your child naturally. Perhaps you’d prefer to be given an epidural. Maybe you’d like your child’s adoptive parents in the room with you when you're giving birth or maybe you’d prefer another member of your support group at your side, like a family member or close friend. These are the kind of important decisions you must make and include when creating your hospital or birth plan!
If you’re early on in your pregnancy, creating your hospital and birth plan may seem low on your list of things to do, but the sooner you get it done, the better. On the day your child is born, you’ll want to be focused on the delivery process, not on creating a last minute hospital/birth plan!
The Importance of Finding a Strong Support System Outside of Your Adoption Agency
A good adoption agency will provide you with tons of support and excellent resources to help you along your adoption journey, but our professionals at Adoption Choices of Florida agree that having a system of support outside of our agency is vital to the success of your journey. If you choose to, reach out to your family, friends, co-workers, or other members of your social circle and community and invite them to be a part of your journey. As wonderful as it is to have an adoption agency full of experts in their corner, most births also value the advice and opinions of their family members and close friends. Going through the adoption process is never easy, but it certainly helps to have the people you care about most by your side on your journey!
Still Not Sure About Adoption? Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out and Ask Us Questions!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information Adoption Choices of Florida has provided in this blog for you, that’s OK! And if you’re still hesitant about committing to adoption, that’s OK, too. When going through an unplanned pregnancy, it’s important for you to consider all of your options, as there are many more today than there have been in years past. But if you are curious to learn more about unplanned pregnancy and placing your child for adoption, feel free to reach out to Adoption Choices of Florida at a time most convenient for you. Even amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, we remain open to help birth mothers just like you all throughout the state of Florida.
Unplanned pregnancy is scary if you’re unsure of what to do next or if you’re facing it alone. We’re here to help. For more information on adoption, please visit Adoption Choices of Florida’s blogs on intro to adoption for pregnant women in Florida and how to begin the adoption process as a birth mother in Florida.
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