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.
You will have an adoption specialist who will walk you through the process and be with you every step of the journey. They will assist you in setting up plans for your hospital stay. They also work with an attorney to handle the legal aspects of the adoption.
With an agency, you will be able to select adoptive parents from a pool of carefully screened potential families. Choosing adoption through an agency also provides you with the most guidance and counseling.
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 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 the following:
- 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 or 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. 727-202-8966.
What Should I Expect When I Contact Destiny Adoption Services?
When you call, text or email us, we will provide information and answer all your questions. If you decide to proceed with us, we will set up an in-person meeting.
One of our adoption professionals will spend time with you discussing a variety of topics. These include your reasons for choosing adoption, your medical history and an evaluation of your financial and emotional support needs. We also ask specific information about the type of adoption and family you are seeking and other details to help us match you with adoptive families.
The steps of the adoption process are as follows:
- Choose the type of adoption you want: open, semi-open or closed.
- Review the profiles of adoptive families.
- Select a family.
- Complete post-placement agreements with the adoptive family.
- Deliver the baby.
- Sign the legal documents to relinquish your parental rights.
How Long Does It Take to Choose or Match With an Adoptive Family?
It depends. Some birth moms find the right family quickly, while others require more time. Your adoption specialist will review family profiles with you in detail. You will have plenty of time to ask questions, look over the profiles and decide which family is best for your child. This decision is one of the most important you will make during your adoption journey. So, we handle it with great care. We encourage birth moms to take the necessary time to consider all the wonderful families available.
What if I Change My Mind About Adoption?
Adoption is entirely your choice. You have the right to change your mind at any point before the adoption is final. You should never feel pressured by an adoption agency, adoptive family or attorney.
Do I Need the Birth Father’s Consent?
This is not an easy question to answer, because every situation is unique. Generally speaking, yes, the birth father’s consent is required. However, numerous factors may contribute to exceptions. We always recommend involving the birth father whenever possible. But your specific circumstances will determine if his consent is legally required. The only way to know for sure is to contact us and discuss your details. We can then look at all your options and help you find the best way to proceed.
Still Have Questions?
Our license adoption professionals in Florida are available to speak with you anytime. Call or text us at 727-202-8966.
Author: Destiny Adoption Services
Destiny Adoption Services is proud to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience, and our professional team of experts includes moms, adoptive moms and birth mothers who provide compassion combined with trusted resources and skills.