How The Holidays Can Impact Your Adoption

December 28, 2023

By Adoption Choices of Florida

How The Holidays Can Impact Your Adoption

By Anabel Sierra 

Seasons come and seasons go, but your ability to choose adoption will always stay. That’s why adoption Tampa and adoption services all over the state of Florida are ready and available to you. We understand that the holidays can be a time of stress if you are a birth parent, especially if you are someone who is considering putting your child up for adoption. It is incredibly important to us that you feel at ease before, during, and after the placement of your baby. 

Adoption in Florida

In order to start the adoption process in Florida, you must contact and set up a meeting with an adoption counselor at Adoption Choice of Florida. This is where you will tell one of our professionals what you are experiencing, how you feel, and why you are considering the adoption route. All of this information is strictly confidential and kept in our records. After that, the adoption counselor will give you all of the information you need to know about placing a baby for adoption

This brings us to setting up your adoption plan. This includes the type of adoption method, financial support (if needed), choosing your adoptive family, and any support you may need post-placement. 

Type of Adoption

As mentioned before, after you get a feel of how this all works, you will then be guided to proceed with what type of adoption method you want to use. There are three main types: open, semi-open, and closed adoptions. 

Open adoption is where you get to meet the adoptive family and create a potentially close relationship with them. This is where you get to have all of your questions and concerns answered and vice versa. You then are able to continue a relationship with the adoptive family post-placement if you wish. 

Semi-open adoption is similar to open adoption, where you get to have your questions answered and receive updates about your baby post-placement. However, all of the communication is through a third party, such as Adoption Choices of Florida or a lawyer. 

Closed Adoption is where there is no communication between the two parties. This could be beneficial for you as the birth parent because we understand that adoption can bring up difficult emotions. We also understand that by choosing this option, you may want this process to be as private as possible, and that’s okay, too! Everything is according to your speed and level of comfort.

Your Financial Plan For Adoption

After you choose your preferred method of adoption, we will help to figure out your financial support plan if needed. Many people believe that adoption is a super expensive process, but we can assure you that that is not what adoption agencies want you to think. With financial support, you will be able to go through your pregnancy relatively worry-free. We will help you cover any expenses such as: prenatal care, transportation, your hospital stay for the birth, and any support post-placement. 

Choosing Your Adoptive Family

Now, the real work begins with this step, and that’s choosing your adoptive family. We have a dedicated database filled with waiting families that are excited to meet you and your baby! You, as the birth parent, can also choose what parameters you wish your adoptive family to have, such as religious preference, single-parent adoption, LGBTQ+, or even families out of the state. You will view each record, and depending on the method you choose, you can meet with the family in person or virtually and learn more about them. And yes, they will still meet and even travel this holiday season because, to an adoptive family, you are completing their family.

Post-Placement Support

Finally, after everything is said and done, you may be left feeling guilty or even sad post-placement. These feelings are 100% normal, and that is why our adoption agencies in Florida offer multiple forms of support for you as the birth parent. We want to really get across that, along with our support systems, it’s very important to lean on others in your circle for support. Even if it’s just you this holiday season, self-care is crucial to the adoption process. By engaging in healthy habits such as going for daily walks, you might be surprised how big of an impact it may have on your mental well-being. 

Adoption Helps Everyone Involved

In essence, if you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy (or not), you, like many others, are not alone this holiday season. With the help of one of our adoption agencies, you can not only create a better future for yourself, but for your baby and the family adopting them. So, give us a call or visit one of our centers today so we can make adoption in Florida easier.