Choosing the Right Type of Adoption for You in Florida

By Syd Sukalski

Are you considering placing your child for adoption in Florida? Do you need help deciding which Florida adoption plan is right for you and your child? Don’t worry, we know the adoption process can be confusing, but we’re here to help. Let us introduce you to all the different types of adoption, what you should consider when choosing an adoptive family, and how you know your child will go to a good home. 

Adoption Choices of Florida has your best interests at heart. We maintain adoption agencies across the state and want to help you with your Florida adoption. If you have questions about adoption or are wondering how to put your child up for adoption, give us a call or check out our adoption agencies near you. 

Now, let’s talk about adoption.

Open Adoption in Florida

There are only three types of adoption, and they concern your relationship with your child’s adoptive family. These types are open, closed, and semi-open. As the name suggests, open adoption allows for the most communication. In an open adoption, you will have a direct line of contact with your child’s adoptive parents. You will work together to determine your level of involvement in your child’s life, and you will also schedule visits with your birth child after the adoption is complete. Open adoption also allows you to choose the family who will adopt your child. You will meet them and work together to determine your boundaries before the adoption takes place. 

Open adoption is a great choice for birth parents who still want to be involved in their child’s life but don’t have the means to raise a child. 

Closed Adoption in Florida

A closed adoption is the opposite of an open adoption. While an open adoption allows for direct communication, a closed adoption doesn’t allow for any contact. This type of adoption allows the birth mother to remain anonymous. It keeps the identities of both birth and adoptive parents confidential. This type of adoption is great for a birth mother who feels that her child would benefit most from a fresh start or who prefers not to be involved in her child’s life. Note that, in this type of adoption, the birth mother does not get to choose which family her child will go to, but she can be confident that they will go to a good home.

Semi-Open Adoption in Florida

A semi-open adoption is a sort of combination of open and closed adoptions. While it doesn’t allow for direct communication between birth and adoptive parents, it does allow for some contact. In this kind of adoption, all communication occurs through the adoption agency in Florida. This type of adoption is great for a birth mother who wants the option of checking in on her child but would like to maintain a respectful distance to allow her child to flourish in their new life. A birth mother also gets to choose the family who will adopt her child in a semi-open adoption.

What Should I Consider When Choosing an Adoptive Family?

Birth mothers take a lot of things into account when selecting an adoptive family for their child. They might have a particular interest in families from a precise ethnic or religious background, or they might prefer their child to go to a family with a certain lifestyle. You might also think about the level of discipline or whether the family you’re considering already has kids. These considerations are all information you will be able to see on the family profiles on our website, so you can make the choice that you deem best for you and your baby.

How Do I Know My Child Is Going to a Good Home?

We get it. This is a big concern. You’re placing your child in another home with people you probably don’t know. But don’t worry. We do a home study of every one of our potential adoptive families. This process involves interviews with your child’s potential family members, background checks, assurance of their financial stability, approval of the living space, and more. The law requires a home study to ensure your child goes to a good home. And remember, every family on our website wants to love a child. You may have an unexpected pregnancy or an unplanned pregnancy, but you don’t have an unwanted pregnancy. 

Finally, we want to remind you that you are not “giving up a child for adoption.” Adoption is an act of love. There is no failure involved. Creating an adoption plan for your child takes time, effort, consideration, and a deep regard for your child’s well-being. We commend you for choosing this path and want to help you with all we can.

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 or text us at: (833) 352-3678.