What To Expect When You’re Expecting To Place Your Baby For Adoption In Florida
Posted on Thursday June 05, 2014
By DeLand Adoption Attorney Richard “Jake” Jackson
If you are pregnant and considering placing your baby for adoption, you probably have many questions about the process. This article will answer some basic questions about placing a baby for adoption in Florida. More information is available at www.CentralFloridaAdoptionServices.com.
WHERE DO I START? The first step is to contact a qualified Adoption Entity, such as an Adoption Attorney or an Adoption Agency licensed in the State of Florida. Adoption procedures are closely regulated under the law, and only a qualified licensed Adoption Entity can arrange to place a child for adoption.As an Adoption Entity serving the Central Florida community for 29 years, we welcome your questions and look forward to helping you make a plan that’s right for you and your baby.
DOES IT COST ANYTHING? No, you do not have to pay anything to talk to an Adoption Entity or to make an adoption plan with us. In fact, in many cases we can provide financial support to you during the pregnancy and for up to six weeks after the birth of the baby.
WHAT IF I’M NOT SURE ABOUT THE ADOPTION? As an Adoption Entity it is my responsibility to give you information about alternatives to adoption as well as information about adoption. We will also counsel you and listen to your concerns and preferences. To place a baby for adoption is entirely your choice. No one should pressure you to give up your baby, and no one should pressure you to keep your baby. If you choose adoption, we will help you develop an adoption plan that meets your needs and that you are comfortable with.
WHAT IS AN ADOPTION PLAN? An adoption plan is a lot more than matching you with an adoptive family. It includes arranging for your medical care during the pregnancy; providing any needed financial support for you; allowing for as much or as little contact between you and the adoptive family during the pregnancy as you and they would like (which may include meeting them in person, phone calls, emails, etc.); planning how you would like your stay at the hospital to be handled when the baby is born; arranging for you to receive pictures and updates after the baby is placed, if you wish; providing any counseling that you may need during the pregnancy or after the baby is placed with the adoptive family; and addressing any other preferences or concerns that you may have about the process.
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND? If you change your mind about any of the details of your adoption plan, simply contact the Adoption Entity and adjustments can be made. If you change your mind about going forward with the adoption, you have the right to cancel the adoption plan at any time up until you sign the Consent For Adoption (which is usually one or two days after the baby is born).
HOW MUCH SUPPORT CAN I RECEIVE FROM THE ADOPTION ENTITY? The amount of support which can be paid will depend on your individual circumstances. We can pay reasonable and necessary living and medical expenses for you to the extent that you are unable to pay those expenses. Allowable expenses may include doctor bills, insurance, rent, utilities, food, clothing, and transportation costs. Your expenses can be paid during the pregnancy and for up to six weeks after the baby is born. If the total of living and medical expenses is going to be more than $5,000.00, then we must file a motion with the court to get approval to provide additional expenses.
HOW WILL I BE VIEWED BY THE ADOPTION ENTITY AND THE COURT? Generally the adoption judges, attorneys, agencies and other professionals understand that placing a child for adoption is an enormous decision that can be both difficult and emotional. We appreciate that you are making a sacrifice for the benefit and wellbeing of your child. Adoption professionals often describe the Birth Mothers as brave, compassionate, selfless, caring, loving, and even heroic.
WILL I BE REQUIRED TO GO TO COURT OR FILE A FORMAL RESPONSE WITH THE COURT? Normally you are not required to attend the court hearings nor to file any formal response. When you sign the Consent To Adoption you will be waiving your rights including the right to be served with the court pleadings and notices. However, in rare cases it may be necessary for you to come to court. As the Adoption Entity facilitating your adoption, I will let you know if that is necessary.
DeLand Attorney Richard “Jake” Jackson is an adoption attorney with 29 years experience handling adoption proceedings in Central Florida including DeLand, Daytona Beach, Sanford, Orlando, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Tavares and Bunnell, Florida. As a Florida adoption lawyer, Jake Jackson is committed to the highest level of ethics and professionalism when serving the needs of birth parents and adoptive families. If you have questions about adoptions in Florida, please call us at (386) 738-1111 for a free consultation.