Adoption Process – How Do I Put My Baby Up For Adoption?
Placing a baby into a new family is a tough decision for any pregnant mother and should not be taken lightly. To begin the process you will want to first learn about the options that are available for birth mothers.
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The following four steps are all you need to complete the easy adoption process:
STEP 1: Learn About Your Rights Under the Law
In the United States of America, you are protected by federal and state laws. The state of Florida has adoption statutes that protect your rights as a mother, and if you choose adoption for your baby you will want to fully understand the Florida laws. Jacksonville adoption attorneys are available to help you understand your rights while you are pregnant so you will be ready on the day you give birth. When you use our free service we will put you in contact with attorneys and other adoption professionals who can answer all your questions.
STEP 2: Consider the Various Options
When you are facing the decisions that come with an unplanned pregnancy you will want to become familiar with all the options that you have. Adoption is a permanent decision that should only be made in the best interest of you and your child. We like to recommend to pregnant women that if they decide on adoption they choose to go forward with an open adoption that will allow them to be a part of the child’s life, whether it is through pictures and letters or even visitations. If a woman chooses the open option they can change their mind in the future, but if they choose to not be a part of the baby’s life and go with a closed adoption, the decision is final.
STEP 3: Begin the Process and Adoption Plan
When you use our service we will put you in contact with adoption professionals that can help you with every step of the adoption process. In addition they will be there to help you find stable housing, medical help, and much more while you are pregnant and in the weeks after you give birth. Once you choose a family you will be able to receive financial assistance for food, housing, clothing, utilities and more.
Your adoption plan sets the guidelines that will be followed.
Choose Your Child’s Family
Another way for you to look at this process is that you are adopting a family to raise your child. When you first meet with our team you will get to see the profiles of families who are seeking to adopt, including pictures and letters. You will also be able to contact the men and women who are looking for a baby to adopt.
You will be able to learn about the parents beliefs, education, financial status and much more while you decide. It is a very rewarding opportunity for a birth mother and is also extremely important that you take your time making the decision.
Create the Adoption Plan
Your plan will help you direct your child’s future. When you create your adoption plan, you will have the option to receive information about your child, including pictures and letters, or even to have visitations with the child. If you choose to keep your identity private, your privacy can be protected and you will only be required to share what is needed to make sure the adoption is safe, for you and the child.
Your adoption plan will also set the guidelines that will be followed on the day of birth, when the adoption is typically finalized.
STEP 4: Have the Baby and Finalize the Adoption
Labor and Child Birth
On the day that you go into labor your adoption plan will delegate responsibilities for the family adopting your child, you and the adoption professionals facilitating the process. If you choose to allow the family to be with you during labor, it is very likely that they will be there holding your hand while you give birth. By the time you go into labor the family will have developed a strong bond with you and the child they have not even met yet. It is a very beautiful experience watching the love for a child develop!
Your plan will determine exactly what happens after the baby is born. You will be able to spend as much time with the newborn as you wish and just about anything you want to add to the process through your personalized adoption plan is possible.
Finalizing the Adoption
To finish the process you will need to sign consent forms. When you sign the forms, the adoption will be legally set in stone.
In Florida, anything a birth mom signs before giving birth will not finalize her decision. The final consent can only be given by a birth mother after child is born. The final consent to adopt cannot be signed until the birth mom is discharged from the hospital or 48 hours after birth. The finalization is irrevocable upon signing.
What Happens After the Adoption is Over?
It will depend on the type of adoption you decide to go with in your plan.
After you give birth and finalize the process you will be able to receive counseling and also additional financial assistance according to Florida law. If you have chosen the open option, you will be able to receive pictures as the baby grows up. In some cases the adoptive parents and the birth mom may develop very special bonds and both take part in the child’s life.
If you are considering the choices you have, we are here to help you make sure you get everything you need and want from the process according to Florida laws. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you.