By Natalya Castro
Have you recently found out that you are pregnant and do not want to raise your child? Perhaps you know a friend or a family member who has just learned she is pregnant. In most cases, women who learn about their pregnancy and are not expecting it feel overwhelmed by this news. It could be because the pregnancy is unexpected or simply because they do not feel ready to raise a child. Whatever the reason may be, adoption can help. At Adoption Choices of Florida, we have countless resources to help you if you are considering adoption. We want you to know you are not alone, and plenty of birth mothers consider adoption in Florida. Read below to find out how adoption was able to help Abigail with her unexpected pregnancy.
Abigail was a 20-year-old Florida native. Growing up, she loved kids, and her ultimate dream was to be a mom. Any chance she had, she was babysitting or volunteering at a preschool near her house. She fanaticized about having a big family and being the best mom ever! Her 10-year plan was to finish college, start her career, get married, and have kids. However, the plan Abigail had spent so much time looking forward to was all rearranged when she found out she was pregnant at 20 years old.
This was a complete surprise for Abigail. She’s always wanted kids, but she was currently in her sophomore year of college— halfway done with her bachelor’s degree. She was just not in a place to have a child. She was working part-time on campus where she lived, not making much money, certainly not enough to support a child. Abigail had a boyfriend she had been with for a while, but they were not married, and he was also finishing his schooling. At this point, she felt hopeless. She thought she would have to put her goals and future aside to raise this baby. Abigail just could not fathom how it would work. Although she’s always wanted to be a mom, Abigail was not in a place emotionally, financially, or practically to have a child.
Abigail had kept her secret to herself for a couple of weeks. She knew she couldn’t hide her secret forever. She did not know who to talk to. After thinking, Abigail went to one of the ladies she volunteered with at her local preschool. This woman, Laura, was like a second mom to Abigail. She asked Laura if she had a minute to speak with her about something important. Abigail sat with Laura and explained her situation; every detail. After listening and considering Abigail’s circumstances, Laura asked, “have you ever considered adoption?” Abigail took a moment and realized she never thought of that, but it was a great idea. Laura directed Abigail’s attention towards a boy at the preschool. It turns out he was adopted! He looked so happy playing with all of the other kids. This gave Abigail hope! Laura gave her the contact information for Adoption Choices of Florida.
After reaching out to Adoption Choices of Florida, Abigail felt so much more confident in her current situation. She officially decided to begin her adoption journey. Abigail was so excited to be a part of family creation through the adoption process in Florida. She followed some key steps to make sure her adoption journey was as smooth as possible. Here’s what Abigail did:
1. Met with an adoption specialist from Adoption Choices of Florida.
2. Carefully selected the perfect adoptive family for her child.
4. Created a birth plan for her delivery day.
5. Legally consented to the adoption in the state of Florida
6. Sought support after the birth and adoption.
Today, Abigail is almost finished with her bachelor’s degree. Through her choice of open adoption, she has regular communication with her birth child and the adoptive parents. She has been able to chase her dreams and give her birth child a home. She is very happy with her decision to choose Florida adoption.
Abigail’s adoption journey was one that truly changed her life, her child’s life, and the adoptive family’s life. Adoption was a way to get back on track with her goals while still doing what was best for her child. She realized adoption was an option, and she reached out to Adoption Choices of Florida to do so. You can do the same! If you are wondering if adoption is right for you, contact us today. Local adoption agencies near you are ready to help.
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 us at: (833) 352-3678 or text us at 904-559-1251
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