Are you facing an unexpected pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy? Or maybe you just not ready to parent at this time? Well, you’re not alone. We meet with and speak with women like you every day, and they have lots of questions. Below are some of the most common questions that expectant mothers have about the adoption process. Regardless of where you’re at in your pregnancy, they may be helpful.
If you have other questions we haven’t answered or you would like to explore the option of adoption, please text or call us at 850-308-1836. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Panama City, Perry, Ocala or elsewhere in Florida – The Law Office of Madonna Finney is here to help.
1) At what point in my pregnancy may I contact you for information?
You can call or text us at any point in your pregnancy, even after you’ve given birth and taken your baby home. We’re happy to speak with you, listen to what you have to say and find out where you are, answer your questions about adoption and give you the information you need to make the best decision for both you and your child. If you decide adoption is right for you, we’ll work with you to make an individualized adoption plan to meet your needs.
2) When can I make an adoption plan?
In Florida, the actual document that makes the adoption official may only be signed after birth. However, most birth mothers make plans for adoption during their pregnancy, this includes selecting an adoptive family. The right time to make an adoption plan is whenever you’re ready. We can work with you at any time – when you find out that you’re pregnant, in the middle of your pregnancy, at the hospital after delivery or even when you’ve taken your child home.
3) Does it costs money to give up my baby for adoption?
No. Birth families do not pay for adoption services related to placing their child for adoption. In fact, you may even be eligible for help with help with living expenses related to your well being or that of your child, in accordance with Florida Law. We can also ensure you receive medical care and counseling, as well as needed help with housing, transportation, food and clothing.
4) If I go down this path, will my child understand why I chose adoption?
While every situation is different, and no one can answer this question with any degree of certainty, it’s important to remember that adoption is rather common these days. It’s also common for adoptive families to discuss adoption with the children from an early age.
In some instances, birth parents choose to write a letter to their child explaining their decision and their reasons for placing them for adoption. They may also prepare a small memory book or similar keepsake for their child. Information like this can often help a child understand the situation as they grow up.
You and the adoptive family may also choose to have an adoption plan which includes ongoing contact. If this is the case, you may personally have the opportunity to answer the questions a child may have as he or she grows up.
5) How can adoption be a good choice?
Choosing life for your child, even if you’re not able to parent, is a wonderful thing. You are giving your child the gift of life. In private adoption, you may lovingly chose the family that will raise your child, and can rest assured they are raised in a stable home with parents who will give them love and provide opportunities needed to life a happy and fulfilled life.
If you are considering options beyond parenting, or you’re searching for adoption agencies in Florida, Madonna and her team stand ready to assist you in any way possible. You can reach out to us 24/7 at (850) 308-1836. We work with women like you every day at no cost. There is no obligation, we will simply help you explore your options.