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Information About Making An Adoption Plan

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If you are considering “giving your baby up for adoption,” in Florida this is the right place for you.

At Florida Adoption Lawyers, we have guided many birth parents and adoptive families through the adoption process over the years. 

Our managing partner Juliana Gaita esq. is a proud adoptive mother of three children together with her husband and is passionate about helping families thrive through the adoption process. A member of the Florida Adoption Council, Juliana is an advocate for children as well as their caregivers and has helped many parents make birth plans and finalize adoptions.

Important Things To Know About Adoption

We understand that choosing to put your baby into an adoption plan is a big decision, one that you are making to give your child the best possible life and circumstances in which they can thrive. We will always encourage the use of respectful language that reflects the courage and positive intention of the birth mother in deciding to place their child with a loving family. 

The adoption process is beautiful, rewarding, and at times, challenging, and we are here to help you navigate through it all. It is important that you understand your rights as a birth mother and that you are aware of the assistance that is available to you according to Florida state law.

  • We will talk with you honestly about your options and provide you with resources.
  • We will ensure the entire process is 100% confidential.
  • You can choose a loving family for your baby.
  • Counseling services and financial support is provided throughout the process.
  • We will assist with obtaining insurance to cover your pregnancy-related medical needs and you have the right to choose your doctor and the hospital where you will deliver.
  • Assistance is available to provide transportation-related to your pregnancy as well as securing housing.

How To Put Your Baby Into An Adoption Plan In Florida

If you live in Florida and are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be feeling unprepared and overwhelmed. If you are considering placing your baby in an adoption plan, we can provide you with assistance, support, and information about what steps to take next in the adoption process. As the birth mother, you are entitled to safe housing, assistance with medical expenses, counseling, and more.

Get The Right Medical Care

A reputable adoption law firm such as Florida Adoption Lawyers can help you with medical care throughout your pregnancy, from something as small as a pregnancy test to regular checkups. It is vital to begin pre-natal care immediately, as your health and the health of your baby are the number one priority. We can help you apply for public assistance programs and ensure that you receive the medical care you are entitled to. 

The use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and or prescription medication can harm your health and the health of your baby. If you are pregnant, it is important to be open with your OBGYN about the use of any substances so you can receive the support, guidance, and medical care you need without delay or unnecessary complications.

Create An Individualized Adoption Plan

Adoption is a big life decision for you and your baby, and there is no one size fits all adoption plan. You must take your time, ask questions, and learn as much as you can about the different plans and options available to you. An experienced adoption counselor can help you tailor a birth plan and choose an adoption style that will suit your specific needs now as well as in the future, taking all aspects of each plan into consideration.

Primarily, there are 3 types of adoption and each one is different in the state of Florida:

  • Open Adoption: Open adoption means that the birth mother and sometimes the birth father choose to have an ongoing relationship with the adoptive family. The amount of contact in an open adoption is different on a case by case basis but can include visits, phone calls, pictures and more. This is agreed upon ahead of signing the adoptive consent paperwork and is something that can be defined by the birth mother and adoptive parents.

  • Semi-open Adoption: In a semi-open adoption, the adoptive parents will send you pictures, letters, and emails. They may talk to you on the phone. Semi-open adoption usually doe snot include visits with the child and the adoptive family.

  • Closed Adoption: A closed adoption means that there will be no contact after giving their baby up for adoption. A closed adoption is different from an open adoption and is legally defined ahead of time. Some women prefer to move on with their lives and not have contact with the baby, which is fine.

Whatever adoption style works for you, Forever Families will support you in your decision. We will also provide you with information about the Florida Adoption Reunion Registry, in case you want to contact your child after he or she turns 18.

Choose the right adoptive family

Adoption has changed for the better over the years, and birth mothers are now included in every aspect of the adoption process and are provided with counseling every step of the way. As the birth mother, you are in charge of the process, and we are here to offer you support and guidance. 

You will be able to choose the adoptive family you feel is best for your baby, or if you wish, we can choose a loving adoptive family on your behalf. If you would like to choose the adoptive family yourself, we will give you a list of families waiting to adopt, and you will be able to speak with them and meet with them in person if you desire.

 All prospective adoptive families must go through a rigorous approval process before they are presented to you as an option. This includes a home study process, background checks,  financial checks, counseling, references, and more. There are certain financial as well as physical and emotional health requirements that an adoptive family must meet to ensure that they will be able to provide a safe, loving, and stable home for your child. 

If you would like to learn more about the adoption process, we are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. We are here to support you and make your experience with the adoption process as positive, dignified, empowering as possible. 

Medical Planning For The Birth

We can help you create a birth plan that suits your needs, as there are many important factors to consider in addition to the payment of medical expenses throughout the pregnancy and for the birth itself. There are a few sensitive details that you will want to consider and plan for ahead of time, such as where you will deliver, who you would like to be present when you give birth, and when. 

You may wish to explore different options available to you, including a hospital birth, at-home birth, or birth at a birth center to determine which one meets your specific needs. It is worthwhile to ask if the hospitals or birth centers you are considering are adoption-sensitive with nurses or social workers that are trained to deal with adoption. Having a birth coach or doula present at the birth for emotional support is another important aspect of a birth plan that you will want to consider. 

You will need to contact your adoption lawyer when you go into labor, knowing that you can change your adoption plan. You can also change your mind about who you want to be present when you give birth at any time. You have up to 48 hours after giving birth to change your mind about the adoption plan. Some birth mothers choose to be with their baby during that time, while others do not want to. You will be supported in your decision no matter what you choose. 

Signing Consent For Adoption Paperwork

You can back out of the adoption agreement or change your mind about the adoption plan at any time before signing the consent for adoption paperwork. Making an adoption plan does not mean that you are obligated to sign the adoption paperwork. Florida adoption laws are designed to protect both birth mothers and adoptive families, which is why certain precautions and safeguards have been put in place. 

According to Florida state law, you are required to wait a minimum of 48 hours once you have given birth before signing the adoption papers, though you may sign the paperwork sooner if you have been officially discharged from the hospital.  

Consent for adoption is given by signing a sworn document in the presence of two witnesses and a lawyer. It is important to know that you won’t be able to change your mind and withdraw your consent once you have signed the consent to adoption paperwork, as it is a legally binding agreement. The only way to withdraw your consent is if you were forced or pressured to sign the paperwork, which is something that should never happen. 

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