Adoption is not a “ one size fits all” situation. Each circumstance is unique, and every adoption journey is different. That being said, there are three primary ways to go through the adoption process in Florida. Here, we will examine those options
1. Agency Adoption
With this option, you go through a state-licensed adoption agency. It’s important to find an agency that will honor your wishes and support the type of adoption you prefer. A good agency will have social workers and plenty of support for birth mothers. Your adoption specialist will walk you through the process and be with you every step of the journey. They also assist you in setting up plans for your hospital stay. You will select adoptive parents from a pool of carefully screened potential families. Choosing adoption through an agency provides you with the most guidance and counseling. They also work with an attorney to handle the legal aspects of the adoption.
2. Independent Adoption
This adoption process involves working directly with an adoption attorney. In some cases, an attorney will work with an agency to provide needed guidance and counseling for birth moms. Generally speaking, independent adoptions focus primarily on the legal aspects of the adoption process.
3. Kinship Adoption
In this situation, a biological relative adopts the child. You can work with an adoption agency, attorney, or your local Department of Children and Family services to receive guidance. Relatives must meet all the requirements of the legal adoption, just like non-related adoptive families.
Questions to Ask Prospective Adoption Agencies
When seeking a licensed adoption agency in Florida, there are some specific questions you may want to ask. Some of the most common include:
-Is there a fee for birth mothers to use your services?
-What type of guidance and counseling do you provide for birth parents?
-Does my family need to be involved in the adoption if I am under 18 years old?
-What is your screening process for adoptive families?
-Do you have a large, diverse pool of families that I can choose from?
-Can I meet with potential adoptive families, and what is the communication process like?
-I want an open adoption, do you have families interested in having an ongoing relationship with the birth mother?
-Do you offer ongoing relationship guidance for open adoptions?
-If I choose not to visit my child, will he/she know who I am?
-If I choose an open adoption, will there be a legally enforceable post-adoption contact agreement that specifies my visitation schedule with the child?
-If I select an open adoption, does your agency assist me with staying in touch with the adoptive family?
-Will I receive financial assistance for medical expenses related to prenatal care and giving birth?
-Do any of your adoptive families want to adopt a child of a different race and ethnicity, or a special needs baby?
-What rights does the biological father have in Florida?
-When is the adoption final?
If you are considering adoption and would like to go through a licensed agency in Florida, contact us today. Our specialists here at Destiny Adoption are available 24/7 to speak with you and answer all your questions.
Call, text or email us (at the links below). We are here for you before, during and after your adoption journey.
We are here, without judgement or pressure, to help 24/7. Adoption is an option.