All About Adoptive Parents

November 20, 2023

By Adoption Choices of Florida

All About Adoptive Parents

By Maria Fernanda Taccola Borda

When facing an unplanned pregnancy, deciding to put your child up for adoption can be very difficult. If you are considering placing your baby up for adoption in Florida and are seeking more information on birth parents and how to get started with the adoption process, Adoption Choices of Florida can help. We are an adoption agency in Florida offering private adoption services. From the moment you discover you are pregnant to post-placement, we are with you throughout the entire adoption process to make sure you do not go through this alone.

The process of child adoption can seem like a stressful and intimidating one. It requires a lot of thought and consideration and can be highly emotional. The goal of adoption is to help you find a trustworthy, loving, and permanent home for your child, so it is important that you have the necessary information to make the best decision. At Adoption Choices of Florida, we help birth mothers statewide stay in control of their adoption journey while not having to go through it alone. We are here to help you learn more about adoption agencies in Florida, including everything you need to know about birth parents.

Who Are Adoptive Parents?

If you choose to place your baby up for adoption, the adoptive parents are the parents who will legally adopt your child and raise them as his or her own child. There is no specific mold for adoptive families, as they come in all shapes and sizes. Adoptive parents can be a couple or an individual person. They come from all kinds of backgrounds and have chosen to adopt a child for many possible reasons. These can include having struggled with infertility in the past and being unable to safely carry a pregnancy to term, being single and ready to start a family, or being a same-sex couple who wants to raise children. 

Every adoptive parent has their own personal reasons for choosing to adopt, but at its core, adoption serves to improve the lives of all three parties involved: the child, the adoptive parents, and the birth mother. It gives hopeful parents the opportunity to raise a child, provides a stable, loving home for the child, and gives birth mothers the freedom and peace of mind to choose what is best for themselves and their child. 

After an individual or couple who wants to adopt a child has gone through Adoption Choices of Florida‘s home study and application process, they are placed on our waiting list. When working with Adoption Choices of Florida, you are in full control of choosing who you want your child’s adoptive parents to be. In order to do so, you need to decide on things like whether you want the family to have pets or other children. Do you want them to live in a diverse neighborhood? Do you share similar values as you? You should discuss all of this with your adoption specialist. 

The Adoption Process

If you chose child adoption and are looking for adoption agencies in Florida, you can start the adoption process by contacting Adoption Choices of Florida at (833) 352-3678. We have a full range of adoption services to meet your needs, including being a licensed agency. This means we are able to provide financial support to birth mothers, such as helping with rent, groceries, maternity clothes, prenatal care, and more. We also have compassionate adoption professionals who will support you through your journey and will be responsive 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, whenever you need someone. Finally, we serve birth parents across the state of Florida, offering adoptions and adoption services in Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Gainesville, and the Florida Panhandle. We will always be transparent with you about your options in order to guide you to the best possible decision for you and your child. 

After contacting Adoption Choices of Florida, the second step is to work one-on-one with an adoption specialist to make an adoption plan catered to your needs, including what type of adoption you prefer. There are three choices: open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption, and each determines a different level of involvement you can choose to have with your child and their adoptive parents. Creating your adoption plan also includes setting a budget through which adoption choices can support you, reviewing and finding an adoptive family, making a birth plan, receiving care throughout your entire pregnancy, and assistance with life after the adoption. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Adoptive Parents

When considering placing your baby up for adoption, these are some frequently asked questions (and answers) you may have about adoptive parents.

Can I meet the adoptive parents?

Yes, if you choose to do so. With Adoption Choices of Florida, you can be in full control of the adoption process and decide what kind of adoption plan you want to pursue. You have the option of choosing the adoptive family and yourself, and we can arrange a meeting for you to meet them. 

Can I have a relationship with the child/family after the adoption?

Yes, there are many different types of adoptions, and you can choose what arrangement you would prefer, allowing you to choose how much contact you want to have with both your child and the adoptive parents after the adoption. If you would like your child to know you, then you can request an open adoption that involves remaining in touch with the adoptive family and the child. If you’d prefer not to have any relationship with them, you can request a closed adoption, which means all the records are sealed, and you remain completely anonymous. 

How will I know the baby is going to a good home?

Adoption Choices of Florida performs extensive background checks on all prospective adoptive parents who work with us. This is called a home study and involves obtaining references, proof of financial security, and an evaluation of the home from a social worker. If you wish to be involved in choosing the adoptive parents, you will be presented with the profiles of these prospective families (who have all already passed our Home Study) to choose from.