Adoption Agency Support Options for Birth Mothers in Florida

March 1, 2021

By Adoption Choices of Florida

Adoption Agency Support Options for Birth Mothers in Florida

Written By: Erin Jones

When you become pregnant unexpectedly and are considering placing your child for adoption in Florida, one of the first things you probably want to know is how your adoption agency is going to support you throughout your pregnancy and throughout your adoption process. This is both a very common concern amongst birth mothers and an excellent question! Most agencies have a variety of support options for birth mothers — including Adoption Choices of Florida — which is why we wanted to discuss a little further in depth exactly what we can offer you in terms of birth mother support! 

Below, we further discuss how we can help to educate you about the adoption process and what we can provide you in regards to financial support, medical and prenatal care, safe housing options, and emotional support counseling.

Need Help? Here are Our Support Options for Birth Mothers!

  1. Education about Adoption

Part of our responsibility to you as a birth mother who’s sought out our adoption agency for help is to educate you a little bit more on the adoption process and what it’s going to look like for you. Of course, it’s important for you to be mindful of the fact that every birth mother’s adoption journey is different, so it can be difficult for us to map out how exactly your journey is going to look. That said, our agency has a general, step-by-step outline of how every birth mother’s adoption journey is going to look. Though there will likely be bumps in the road, our agency and your adoption team will do our best to help guide you every step of the way!  

  1. Financial Stability

It’s very normal for a birth mother considering adoption to be fearful of the costs of the process. Pregnancy and playing a role in the adoption process require huge sacrifices, many of which can be expensive. Fortunately, most adoption agencies — including ours! — have the funds to provide birth mothers the financial assistance they need to get through the adoption process without paying much out of their own pocket. 

Additionally, most adoptive families are more than willing to pay for expenses related to the adoption process, so once you choose an adoptive family, don’t be surprised if they offer to do so for you. If you’re hesitant to allow your child’s adoptive family to pay adoption-related expenses, think of their doing so from this perspective: it’s their way of thanking you for giving them the extraordinary opportunity to become parents!   

  1. Medical and Prenatal Care

An extremely important part of your adoption journey is to have regular check-ups with a doctor throughout — and even after! — your adoption process. If you’re concerned with the costs of regular doctor’s visits and perhaps your hospital stay at the time of your child’s birth, again, our agency is here to help. Also, remember that the chances of your child’s adoptive family being willing to pay for these expenses are high — because to your child’s adoptive family, paying these expenses is the least they can do, as you’ve given them the opportunity to experience one of life’s greatest joys. 

It’s also worth mentioning that — unless you’ve already done so — you should start doing some research on what a healthy diet looks like for a pregnant woman, as well as looking into a few pregnancy-safe exercises to keep your body strong! It’s very easy to fall into a pattern of laziness and bad eating habits during pregnancy, so it’s especially vital for you to maintain both a healthy diet and a pregnancy-accommodating exercise routine. 

  1. A Safe Place to Stay

Unfortunately, it’s common for adoption agencies to see birth mothers who are lacking in a safe place to stay throughout the duration of their pregnancy and adoption journey. However, having a safe place to rest your head at night is critical — pregnancy can be exhausting, if you haven’t already discovered this!  If you fall into this category and are concerned about not being able to place your child for adoption, you have nothing to fear! Our agency may not be able to accommodate all of your housing requirements, however, once you reach out to us we will be able to provide you with safe housing options if you do not already have a safe place to stay.  

  1. Supportive Counseling

Though the journey of adoption is a quite unique and special one, it’s not without its moments of great emotional difficulty and pain. Many birth mothers who’ve become pregnant unexpectedly and are considering adoption experience a great deal of shame, embarrassment and guilt. If you choose to work with our adoption agency, we’ll help you connect with one of our many wonderful emotional support counselors. So, if at any point in your adoption journey you find yourself struggling emotionally, our Florida adoption agency’s excellent team of supportive counselors will be there to guide and help you!

It’s OK to Ask for Help Through Your Florida Adoption Plan!

As a birth mother who’s become pregnant unexpectedly, you may feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help because perhaps you feel that since you got yourself into this situation, then you have to be the one to get yourself out of it. Well, our team at Adoption Choices of Florida is here to tell you, it isn’t true! You do not have to go through your unplanned pregnancy alone and, in fact, you shouldn’t. Pregnancy, especially when it’s unplanned, is an extremely difficult thing to go through alone. Additionally, if you’re considering placing your child for adoption, the adoption journey is definitely not something you want to go through alone. Though every decision related to the adoption process is ultimately up to you, you often need guidance or the perspective of professionals to help you on your journey. And that’s OK! 

So remember, try not to feel ashamed, embarrassed or guilty for reaching out to an adoption agency for help with your unplanned pregnancy. If anything, feel proud of yourself for knowing that you need professional guidance to help you do what’s in the best interest of your child. It takes a great deal of bravery to recognize that you can’t always do everything on your own.        

If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption, and have any questions or concerns about the adoption process, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678