Choosing Adoption: Putting My Baby Up for Adoption in Florida

Written by: Cynthia Knott

When you face an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel lost or confused about the next steps. It is okay not to know what to do at this moment in time. Choosing adoption is a giving and selfless choice. Both you and your baby will benefit greatly from your decisions. If you feel as though adoption is the best option for you right now or you just want to explore your options, a good first step is to do research.

Adoption Choices of Florida is ready to help you start your adoption journey. There are many things you need to consider after choosing adoption. We will be with you every step of the way to ensure you never feel confused or unsettled with what’s to come. You deserve to feel comfortable and in control during the adoption process in Florida. There are a few things to be ready for after choosing adoption.                              

  • Research Adoption Agencies

There are many adoption agencies that are ready and willing to help you. Finding the agency that best meets your needs will be the cornerstone of your adoption process. You will come across what you do and don’t want in your adoption plan along with researching adoption agencies.  You should always have full control, and making sure that your agency has that as a top priority is important.

Adoption Choices of Florida will be with you every step of the way and allow you to have full control of what choosing adoption will entail. Looking into what agency you want to work with is a good first step. You will be working closely with them, so you should be aware of what they offer before you start your adoption journey with them. There are so many aspects to making an adoption and birth plan that you should fully trust your agency to advocate for all of your wishes.

  • Talk to your Adoption Caseworker and a Counselor

Ensuring that adoption is right for you is something you can explore with your assigned caseworker. At Adoption Choices of Florida, you will be provided with a caseworker who will guide you through the adoption process. If you have any questions, you can rely on your caseworker to answer them. All caseworkers are well versed in the adoption process, so you will be in good hands. You will never feel confused or not in control.

Counseling is something you should take advantage of at our company. The process can take a toll on your emotions, so proactively attending counseling will allow you to heal. You can also join a group, talk to other birth mothers, and talk to them about their similar experiences. You may not want to reach out immediately, but if at any point during your pregnancy or after birth you want to talk to someone, reach out!

  • Make an Adoption Plan

Making a Florida adoption plan with your caseworker will allow you to have full control and knowledge of the next steps to come. There are many things to include in your adoption plan, including the type of adoption you want, choose the adoptive family, discuss the birth plan, etc. are all important things to discuss with your caseworker to include in your adoption plan.

Having a set adoption plan unique to your wants will allow your caseworker to advocate for you, initiate communication with your adoptive family, etc. Every adoption plan is different and takes time to fully decide on each aspect you want to include. Deciding that you want to choose adoption sooner than later will allow for you to take your time on your adoption plan.

  • Choosing Type of Adoption

An important part of adoption to consider is the level of contact and closure you want. There are three types of adoption; open, semi-open, and closed. All of which have different levels of contact with your child and the adoptive family after birth.

Open adoption allows you to have full contact with your child and adoptive family. Open adoption usually has the least amount of closure due to you staying in contact. Semi-open adoption, you stay in contact, but you receive more updates rather than have constant communication. This allows you to have some space to find closure. Closed adoption is when you cut off all communication with your child and adoptive family. This allows you to heal knowing your child is in a safe and happy environment, but after the adoption is finalized, you can not seek contact. 

Choosing Adoption When Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy

Finding that you are unexpectedly pregnant can be a stressful time. Figuring out the next steps can be confusing, so having any guidance will be beneficial. You will always have control over your adoption journey. You are the top priority during the adoption journey, so never be afraid to ask for help.

Adoption Choices of Florida will be with you every step of the way. You will be listened to and understood. The adoption process can be overwhelming, and we want to be there to take any load off your shoulders that we can. You won’t be alone through his, and putting your baby for adoption is a choice that only you can make.