I’m Pregnant and Choosing Adoption, Do I Have to Work with an Adoption Agency?

March 14, 2024

By Adoption Choices of Florida

I’m Pregnant and Choosing Adoption, Do I Have to Work with an Adoption Agency?

By Shaina Santagata

An unplanned pregnancy poses many questions. Working with an adoption agency or foster care are the main options that birth mothers look into. At this point, you might not know which direction to lean towards. You may also be unsure what decision would work best for you and your baby. We are here to take the guesswork out for you and provide you with all the information you need, hopefully providing you peace of mind. Only you know what will be best, and while we can’t decide for you, we are here to support you along the way. There is no “one-size-fits-all” when choosing what you believe in your heart suits your situation.

What Does Foster Care Do?

Foster care can involve short-term placement for a child. The process for foster care is much longer and drawn out because the child is dependent upon the possibility of being adopted rather than having a family ready and willing to adopt them right away. It can take weeks, months, or even years for the child to leave foster care and go from a temporary placement situation to a long-term one. Also, the birth mother does not choose what type of family the child goes to or where the child will end up in terms of location. The age of a child in foster care can range from that of an infant to 18 years old (when they are considered a legal adult). 

Social workers aid the state with ensuring the child is taken care of while in foster care. Their job requires them to assist with matters such as making sure that the kids are going to school (if they are old enough to go), handling their medical care, and just about anything that ties into the safety and well-being of the child. A judge may also be involved in checking on the children while they are in foster care. It is their job to oversee the process.

What Does an Adoption Agency Do?

With Florida adoption agencies, the birth mother can create a birth plan for her child, and by doing so, she will be involved as little or as much as she chooses. Her adoption plan will allow her to determine the family that aligns with her beliefs and values, knowing that her baby would be well cared for and loved from the very first day they become a part of their new family. During her pregnancy, adoption agencies can also aid with financial assistance, medical care, a safe place to stay, and supportive counseling. Throughout the entire journey, the birth mother can feel secure and know that she is taking care of herself as well as her baby.

At Adoption Choices of Florida, women have felt comforted and supported by having specialists who are compassionate and understand that each birth mother’s journey is unique to her. They will work with you from any point in your pregnancy – from the moment you find out you are pregnant or from the day you deliver your child. There is no time restraint on when you can create your adoption plan. You may find it comforting that you know exactly when your baby is adopted and with whom they will be with from that point forward.

What’s the Difference between an Adoption Agency and Foster Care?

When a child goes into foster care, it can be for a couple of reasons. It can be from neglect or because there was an unsafe living environment for the child. But it can also be the choice of the birth mother if her current situation does not give her the ability to care for her child the way she would like to. Should the child be taken from the parent and placement into the system has occurred, their well-being is decided directly through the state or a social services agency.

If the birth mother places the child, the child is still under her legal guardianship until the child returns to live with her or a relative. Reuniting the child with anyone in their relative family is the main objective of foster care. The child can still get adopted, but only after exhausting all efforts to place the child with a relative first.

In comparison, adoption is focused mainly on the permanent placement of the child without trying to have relatives involved. Ultimately, the goal is for the child to be with someone who loves them and will provide them with a beautiful home to grow up in. Most often, it is a family that the birth mother chooses, and the adoption agency will aid her through helping her child transition from being with her to the child’s new family.