Serving Birth Mothers in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Ocala, Crestview, Panama City, Ft.Walton Beach, Milton and surrounding areas for over 20 years.
Are you pregnant and considering adoption?
We are a small law firm of all women offering adoption services with care, concern and a personal touch. We’re here and available to speak with you, free of charge, and provide information about placing a child for adoption at any time. You may call or text us 24/7 at (850) 308-1836.
What is Adoption?
In Florida, adoption is the legal process where another assumes parental responsibilities and may occur as a private placement through an attorney or agency.
At what point in my pregnancy may I make plans for adoption?
You may make plans for adoption at any point in your pregnancy, including selecting an adoptive family. We can even work with you while you’re at the hospital or after you have taken your child home.
Am I able to choose the family to adopt my child?
Yes, you may. In private adoption, you may discuss your individual desires for an adoptive family with us and we will present families who meet the qualities you are looking for.
Do I have to choose the family to adopt my child?
Only if you prefer to select the family. If not, you can provide us with your desires for an adoptive family and we can find the family for you.
How will I know an adoptive family will take good care of my child?
All adoptive families that we place with are home study approved and have extensive background checks and have participated in adoption education. You can choose the family, meet them, and get to know them, which can help you to feel assured of a family’s love for your child.
What is open adoption?
Open adoption is where birth and adoptive families have some degree of ongoing contact with each other. Depending on what you are comfortable with, this contact can be through mail, email, social media, calls, texts, video chats and visits.
What type of assistance may I receive during my pregnancy?
In Florida, the family you select may assist you with:
Medical care and medications
Living expenses such as rent, utilities, telephone, toiletries and groceries
In Florida, these benefits are available up to six weeks after the birth of your child.
When would I sign the papers for adoption?
After the birth of your child, typically before release from the hospital.
After I sign the papers, am I able to change my mind?
Generally, no. In Florida, once the consent for adoption of a newborn is signed, the consent is binding and irrevocable unless obtained by fraud or duress.
Will my baby be placed in foster care?
No. In private placement adoption, there is no requirement for foster care.
Will my child be able to find me when he or she grows up?
Yes, if you desire. Florida provides an Adoption Reunion Registry, and you may provide contact information directly to the adoptive family.
Will my child understand why I placed him or her for adoption?
Today it is much more common for adoptive families to discuss with children the circumstances of their adoption. If you choose to have an open adoption, you may also have the opportunity to explain it yourself.
Who may I talk with about this decision?
If you would like to speak with a professional about your situation and the adoption options available, you can call or text us anytime; our talk and text line is (850) 308-1836 and our toll-free line is (888) 883-6830. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. Your call is free and confidential.
Should I place my child for adoption?
Only you can answer this question. We can help you explore your options and thoroughly explain adoption and the process so that you have the information you may need to decide what is best for you and your child.
What if I don’t know who the father is?
In Florida, if you don’t know who the father is, you can still make an adoption plan for your baby.
What if there is more than one possible father?
We can still help you make an adoption plan for your baby if you are unsure who the father may be.
Does my family have to know about the adoption?
What if I am under the age of eighteen?
You can place a child for adoption without parental consent or knowledge. If you’re under 14, your consent must be witnessed by a parent, guardian or court appointed guardian ad litem.
Do I have to go to court?
In most cases, no.
What if my child is not a newborn or infant?
We are happy to share information with you about placing an older child for adoption in Florida.
Do I have to live in Florida to work with you?
Where in Florida do you work?
We work with birth families all over the state of Florida, from Pensacola, Milton, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, Panama City and Tallahassee to Ocala, Belleview, Dunellon, Miami and even Key West.
Can I place my baby for adoption if I’m in jail or prison?
What if I have a child in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families?
If your parental rights to your child have not been terminated, you can create and consent to the private placement of your child for adoption. The earlier in the dependency process you explore placement, the more options you may have.
THANK YOU NOTES
Thanks to Madonna, Sabrina and Angela I was supported at the most difficult time of my life. Giving up my baby was hard but they were there for me all the way.
Thank you so much for support you have given me though this time of need. I was kind of upset when I got home from the hospital but I think with time it will get easier. I know in my heart my baby will be taken care of with her adoptive parents but I still miss her so much. I could not have done this without you.
You and your team have been nothing short of supportive. Your lives must be full of blessings as you bless all the lives of all those when you come in contact. Thank you for your kindness and words of encouragement. You truly do care about each individual-that’s a lot of heart!
Madonna and her staff became my support line when I needed them most. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. The experience was hard but I am still confident I made the best choice for my child and was blessed to have Madonna to be there with me. I still to this day tell mothers I talk to about Madonna and her staff when they are trying to make that choice. I owe them a lot!!
The Law Office of Madonna M. Finney
2252 Killearn Center Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32309-3573