By David T. Garcia
So maybe you’ve settled into the reality of becoming unexpectedly pregnant, and you’ve taken the time to consider your options. You may be thinking that adoption seems like the right choice for you. Choosing adoption can give your child opportunities they may not have had otherwise. It gives them a chance at life and is one of the most selfless decisions you can make for your child if you find yourself in this situation. At Adoption Choices of Florida, our goal is to make sure you’re thoroughly informed and feel confident in your decision to pursue adoption, as well as any of the decisions you may make along your Florida adoption journey.
Here at Adoption Choices of Florida, we don’t want to push you into choosing adoption because, as a birth mother, you have the power to change your mind at any point along your adoption journey. We just want to build your confidence by providing you with excellent personal care and all the necessary information. Adoption is an involved process, and Florida adoption may pose its own specific challenges. As always, it is essential to do as much research as possible. Don’t worry, though. Reading this article should give you a good idea of where to begin.
This may sound redundant, especially if you’ve already made the decision to pursue adoption, but researching different adoption agencies is vital to begin your adoption journey the right way. There really is no such thing as too much research when finding agencies, so take the time to shop around. Choosing an agency, you feel confident and comfortable with can make all the difference during the adoption process.
What does the ideal relationship with your child look like post-placement? This is an essential question you must ask yourself because it is one of the first steps in building an adoption plan. There are three types of adoption that you should consider: Open, semi-open, and closed adoptions. An open adoption means that you have the most contact out of the three adoption types. This typically includes updates, seeing them talk to them, and being a part of their life. Semi-open adoptions allow you to have updates about your child, but it is ultimately a more limited and detached form of communication. Finally, closed adoptions mean that you relinquish your right to contact your child once placement is completed.
Once you choose an adoption agency and are paired with an adoption specialist, you will work with them to take advantage of the service they provide. This is a great opportunity to sit with your specialist and discuss what services you may require throughout the adoption journey. For example, do you need money for groceries? Do you need housing? Many adoption agencies can provide both housing and financial help for birth mothers, so use this to your advantage and work with your agency to fulfill your needs.
Choosing your child’s adoptive parents may seem like a daunting task because of how significant this decision is. However, birth mothers can take solace in the fact that your adoption specialist will provide you with a variety of parent profiles that both of you will carefully go through. As a result, there is never any pressure to make a decision that you are not fully comfortable with. With the guidance of your adoption specialist, you will be able to find adoptive parents who meet your qualifications, whatever they may be.
By the time you are ready to give birth, your anxieties may be at an all-time high. To reduce some of this stress, it is so important to have a birth plan in place to essentially check off the necessary boxes once you arrive at the hospital. In addition, a birth plan will ensure that your doctors understand your needs and concerns and that you have an idea of how you would like the birth, and everything surrounding it, to go. This includes whether or not you want any contact with your child, if you want the adoptive parents to be present, or if maybe you want to bring family and friends for support.
Adoption Choices of Florida understands that making an adoption plan can be a very difficult process, which is why our adoption specialists always provide compassionate, empathetic, and informed service. Creating a plan with us means choosing a team of experienced professionals who want to streamline the adoption journey for you.
If you are a pregnant woman in Florida considering adoption and have any questions or concerns about creating an adoption plan, please don’t hesitate to reach out. For more information on adoption, visit us at Adoption Choices of Florida or call us at: (833) 352-3678 or text us at 904-559-1251