By Gabrielle Maya
You’re a birth mother who’s decided to place your newborn up for adoption. You may feel nervous, anxious, scared, or all of the above. Some questions you may be asking yourself are “How do I get started?” or “What is an adoption plan or process?” or “Who will help me?” Adoption Choices of Florida will help you with your plan and process in an easy step-by-step guide. Adoption agencies will provide you with an adoption specialist to assist you in planning your Florida adoption. The adoption specialist provides a list of potential adoptive family candidates for you to choose from. For more information, read on.
Your adoption specialist is there to help you begin your adoption plan. The first step to planning your adoption is to choose the type of adoption you want for yourself. Adoption agencies will provide you with the resources needed to make this decision.
If you want to have a very open and personal relationship with your adoptive family, then this is the type of adoption to choose. You get to decide the consistency and types of communication you want to have with them. The forms of contact are in-person visits which can be mediated by the adoption specialist: video and phone calls, letters, and personal emails, including pictures. You can select any or all forms of communication. Your adoption specialist will consult you on working out a schedule and plan for these communications to be used.
If you prefer not to share any personal information about you with the adoptive family and vice versa, choose this type of adoption. If you feel your child shouldn’t know about you, then your adoption specialist will make sure of it. You will only view the adoptive families’ profiles with basic information about them. Based on your preferences, you get to have the final decision on which adoptive family meets your needs.
If you want to have an open adoption but don’t want it to be personal, then this is the type you can choose. You can set boundaries about what forms of communication you’d prefer and the consistency of that communication. Suppose you do not want to be involved in the child’s life but just have updates on their growth and upbringing. In that case, forms of communication are letters with photos sent through Adoption Choices of Florida, phone calls and video calls mediated by the adoption specialist, and mediated in-person visits.
Once you have chosen the type of adoption you want, make sure that you choose an adoptive family that matches your preferences, values, and morals such as religion, racial or cultural background, upbringing, career, and anything else you feel is a valid and important part that the adoptive family must share or have similar.
We can help you by providing financial assistance by paying for rent, phone bills, transportation, medical visits, groceries, maternity clothes, and other important expenses. You can apply for our financial aid plans, loans, and grants. For more information, go to Adoption Choices of Florida.
If you do not have a primary doctor or medical insurance, we can still help you plan your medical checkups. We care about you and your child’s health. We have a list of potential doctors for you to choose from who are empathetic to unexpected pregnancies. Once you decide on a doctor you trust, we can help plan out your scheduled medical checkups during your adoption process.
When consulting your doctor about your child’s progress, you will need to make decisions for the birth. Some essential questions to consider when planning your delivery are: “Do you want a c section or an all-natural birth?”, “Do you want to have the baby in the hospital or another location?”, “Would you like any important people with you in the delivery room?” and “Will you need pain relief medication?” Once you have decided on your preferences, your adoption specialist and doctor will help plan out your birth when the time comes.
If you do not have a home or are in-between homes, you may not have enough room or feel safe where you live. If any of these reasons pertain to your living situation, we can provide you with housing. We have a list of potential locations based on your location and eligibility. You can stay here during the duration of your pregnancy and a few months after to prepare financially.
When going through your adoption journey, you may not have time to process your emotions and everything that happened when you found out about your pregnancy. There are many feelings that are valid that you may not have yet accepted, acknowledged, or learned from. We offer free counseling services for you when you are ready to face those feelings and emotions. There is no timeline for using our counseling. There are group sessions and one on one sessions you can do. We want you to feel a sense of normalcy, in control, and healing from this experience. Adoption can be a beautiful thing, but it can also come with hardships and baggage. We want to make you feel comfortable and to help you focus on your mental health.
Adoption Choices of Florida is a great place to begin your adoption. We have wonderful care and services for your adoption to go smoothly. We have assistance for every step you face when planning your adoption. Your adoption specialist is the one who is in charge of taking care of all your needs and answering your questions.
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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