Answers to Common Questions about Adoption
As a birth parent, placing a child into adoption is a big decision. You can make a loving family very happy, but it’s important to learn everything you can about adoption so that you feel confident moving forward. Below, you will find Birth Parent FAQs – frequently asked questions about the FL adoption process for birth parents.
Adoption can place your child with loving parents who are eager to build a family. Unplanned pregnancies are difficult situations, and you will need to think carefully about the future before making a decision as to what to do. During the adoption process, you will be provided financial support and access to high-quality medical care to facilitate a safe, successful birth.
Yes, we can arrange a meeting if you would like to meet the adoptive parents. You can also choose the adoptive family yourself if you wish during the adoption planning. We will show you profiles and take special consideration of your preferences. View some of our waiting families here.
Yes! Absolutely, it is important to us that you feel comfortable with the adoption. Our adoption specialists will work closely with you to create a personalized adoption plan that satisfies your unique needs and preferences. You are in total control.
Yes! There are many types of adoptions, meaning you can have a say in what kind of arrangement is set up. If you would like your child to know who you are, then you can request an open adoption where you remain in contact with the adopting family and the child. If you’d prefer not to have any relationship with the child or the adopting family, you can have the records sealed so that you remain completely anonymous. This is called a closed adoption.
This depends on your specific situation. If you don’t know who the father is or if the agency cannot locate or contact him, then he does not have to be involved in the process or receive notice of the process. If you know the father and he does not wish to participate in the adoption process, then we are required to notify him of it, but that is all unless he takes action to specifically protect his rights. However, if you are married to the father or if he is listed on the child’s birth certificate then he should participate in the process or, if he has abandoned you and the child, receive notice of the process.
We perform extensive background checks on all individuals or couples who wish to adopt called a Home Study. Every family that works with us undergoes a home study in which we obtain references, proof of financial security, and an evaluation of their home from a social worker. You can also participate in the selection process if you choose.
No, the adoption process is free for women placing children up for adoption. In fact, we will provide you with financial support during your pregnancy, including rent, phone service, groceries, and other expenses.
We will provide you with access to trusted prenatal care providers in the local area so that you and the baby can stay healthy. You will be able to plan out the birth plan with your care team while we cover the expenses.
From emotional support to education about the adoption process, our adoption specialists will be by your side through every step of the way. We understand how emotional this process can be, and we will be available to you 24/7 during the pregnancy. We continue to provide counseling and support after you have given birth as well.
The choice to make an adoption plan is entirely yours. Having the support of your family is helpful during this process, and we can speak to them with you if you would like. We can tell them what the modern adoption process looks like. Our counselors can also help you explain to them why you feel this is the right choice for your situation.
If you fear that news of your pregnancy will have negative consequences in your personal or professional life, we can have you stay in one of our clean, safe, and comfortable homes during and after your pregnancy. You can leave this location at any time should you change your mind.