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What are the Benefits of Working with an Adoption Attorney?

Choosing to place a child for adoption is a journey that requires not only emotional support but also professional guidance. At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we specialize in Florida adoption law and provide essential legal information for birth parents considering the legal and personal process of placing their child for adoption. Understanding the legal complexities of adoption is essential, and in today’s blog, we aim to illuminate the substantial benefits of working with an adoption attorney.

With over 20 years of experience in adoption law, our attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman offer a guiding hand to help navigate the adoption process. We know that each situation is as unique as the individuals involved, and we commit to delivering personalized services that honor your choices and prioritize your well-being. The decision to work with an adoption attorney can offer birth mothers peace of mind that the attorney is working to protect their rights and their desires for their child’s future.

An adoption attorney can stand with you at each crossroad and provide empathy and support as you consider the decisions you, as a birth parent, believe are in the best interest of yourself and your baby. Let’s explore the benefits that an adoption attorney can provide.

Benefits of Working with an Adoption Attorney

When considering adoption, the guidance of a seasoned adoption attorney is invaluable. An attorney can provide clarity so that every step you take is informed and secure. Here are some key benefits to working with an adoption attorney:

  • Personalized care and attention to each individual adoption. Unlike a large adoption agency, an adoption attorney provides individualized care and attention to each adoption. An adoption attorney works closely with a birth mother to ensure she feels heard and that her needs during her pregnancy are met, as well as her post-adoption wishes.
  • Independent legal counsel and supportive services. Unlike large adoption agencies where all services are provided by employees of the agency, at Hausmann & Hickman birth parents receive independent supportive services at no cost to the birth parents. Each birth mother has the right to their own independent social worker or mental health counselor and legal counsel, and Hausmann & Hickman assists birth parents with obtaining these services.
  • Providing guidance and support throughout the adoption process: An adoption attorney is instrumental in navigating the legal waters of the adoption process. With our comprehensive understanding of adoption laws and regulations,  we work to protect a birth mother’s choice. Hausmann & Hickman guides a birth mother through each step of the adoption process, including: choosing a family, planning for the birth, specifying preferences for post-adoption contact, and completing consent documents.
  • Assisting you in the creation of your adoption plan: An adoption attorney plays a crucial role in formulating an adoption plan that reflects your wishes. They understand the importance of your wishes for your child and work diligently to follow your adoption plan. From the level of openness in the adoption to the choice of the adoptive family, your attorney is there to assist in creating a plan that aligns with your vision.
  • Helping you select your adoptive parents: Choosing an adoptive family for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make. An adoption attorney can assist in this process by presenting you with profiles of potential adoptive parents who have been thoroughly vetted and meet your criteria. They can also coordinate meetings and discussions with the adoptive family, providing a safe space for you to ask questions and get to know the prospective parents.
  • Overseeing the adoption so you, and your baby, are protected: Overseeing the legal process of adoption, an adoption attorney performs all actions in compliance with state laws, which can vary greatly and change frequently. They ensure that the adoption is both ethical and legal. This includes completing the legal process to terminate parental rights of the birth parents and establish the parental rights of the adoptive parents, and preparing any post-adoption agreements.

Interested in Speaking with an Adoption Attorney?

If the prospect of speaking with an adoption attorney in Florida resonates with you, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is here to offer the support and legal counsel you need. Our attorneys are well-versed in the nuances of Florida adoption law and are dedicated to providing a compassionate and professional service to birth mothers across the state.

Reaching out to us is the first step towards understanding your options and ensuring that your adoption journey is handled with care and legal expertise. We invite you to contact Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. to schedule a private and confidential consultation. It is our commitment to help you navigate this pivotal chapter of your life with confidence and peace of mind.

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What is an Adoption Plan?

At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we are mindful of the emotional complexity and difficult decisions involved when a birth mother considers the future of her unborn child. We provide a supportive, compassionate, and respectful environment to permit a woman the opportunity to explore the courageous decision whether to place her child for adoption.  In today’s discussion, we dive into the concept of an adoption plan—a tool that empowers birth mothers with the ability to tailor the adoption process to their personal wishes and the needs of their baby.

For those contemplating adoption, an adoption plan allows the birth mother the ability to personalize her adoption process. At Hausmann & Hickman, we work closely with birth mothers to ensure that their voice is heard and their desires for their child’s future are realized. Creating an adoption plan is a deeply personal journey, and we are here to guide and support birth parents through each step with the utmost professionalism and empathy. An adoption plan is a way for birth mothers to reclaim agency in a situation that may feel overwhelming at times.

Understanding the adoption plan and its significance is crucial for those considering placing their baby for adoption. It’s more than a legal arrangement; it’s a comfort to a mother’s heart, knowing she has a voice in her baby’s future.

What is an Adoption Plan?

An adoption plan is a framework that outlines the preferences and conditions under which a birth mother places her child for adoption. It is a personalized plan created by each birth mother, with the assistance of adoption professionals, to fulfill her wishes for her child’s future. This plan covers a range of preferences, from selecting the adoptive family to deciding the level of contact she wishes to maintain after the adoption.

  • Select an adoptive family: The creation of an adoption plan allows a birth mother to choose an adoptive family that aligns with her wishes for her child, including the type of family environment, cultural background, religious considerations, and even the educational opportunities she hopes her child will have. By establishing an adoption plan, a birth mother narrows her selection of adoptive parents, ensuring the families she considers align with her values and desires.
  • Openness in adoption: Moreover, the adoption plan provides a platform for birth mothers to express their thoughts concerning openness of the adoption. Each birth mother will select for an open, semi-open, or closed adoption, each with varying degrees of communication and interactions with the child and the adoptive family. This critical decision-making process is handled with care and sensitivity at Hausmann & Hickman, as we understand the lifelong implications these choices have for all involved parties.
  • Birth plan: In crafting an adoption plan, birth mothers can also decide on the level of involvement they wish to have with the adoptive family during the pregnancy and at the hospital. This includes decisions about who will be present at the birth, what interactions she will have with the baby, and how the child will be transitioned to the adoptive family. Each element of the plan is tailored to the comfort and preference of the birth mother, providing her with a sense of agency and peace of mind.

Benefits of an Adoption Plan

·         Clarifies boundaries for birth and adoptive parents: An advantage of an adoption plan is the clarity it provides. It outlines the expectations and boundaries for all parties, reducing uncertainties and fostering a sense of security. For birth mothers, knowing the specifics of how their child will be raised and by whom can alleviate some of the emotional burden associated with the adoption process. The adoption plan also promotes a positive and open line of communication between the birth mother and the adoptive family. Whether through letters, pictures, or direct contact, this communication ensures that the birth mother remains a respected figure in her child’s narrative. It’s a source of comfort and connection that honors her role in her child’s life story.

  • Protects your rights in your adoption: An adoption plan created with the guidance of an adoption attorney can offer legal peace of mind. By outlining the terms of the adoption, all legal rights and responsibilities are clearly defined, which is essential for the protection of all parties, especially the child. The birth mother can rest assured that her child’s future is legally secured in a way that reflects her wishes.

Considering Adoption?

If you’re a birth mother in Florida, grappling with the decision of adoption for your child, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is here to support you with expertise and empathy. We recognize the magnitude of your considerations and offer a safe space to explore your options. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized guidance, ensuring that your voice and your story are honored throughout the adoption process.

Scheduling a private consultation with us is the first step towards understanding the full scope of adoption and how it may be the right path for you and your baby. In this consultation, we will discuss options you may consider for your adoption plan, address any concerns, and answer all of your questions with the sensitivity and confidentiality you deserve.

Considering adoption is a journey of profound love and responsibility. At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we are committed to walking this path with you, offering our support to help you make the best decision for your child’s future. Remember, you are not alone in this. We are here to help every step of the way.

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When Should I Create an Adoption Plan?

At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we recognize that the decision to place a child up for adoption is one of the most profound and emotional choices a birth mother can make. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate guidance and professional assistance to birth mother considering this life-changing step. Our goal is not just to act as a legal adoption entity but to offer support and understanding at each phase of your adoption journey. In this blog, we will focus on one crucial aspect of the adoption process—the adoption plan—and discuss when the best time is for a birth mother to create a plan.

An adoption plan serves as a roadmap for the adoption process, detailing your choices from the type of adoptive family you wish your child, to how open you want your adoption to progress.  A plan gives you, the birth mother, a sense of control and involvement in a process that can often feel overwhelming. This plan also enables prospective adoptive families to understand your wishes, creating a transparent and respectful environment for everyone involved.

We understand that making an adoption plan is a significant commitment. It requires deep introspection and, often, challenging conversations with friends, family, and adoption professionals. Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy or your decision-making process, we are here to offer our expertise and support. This blog aims to provide some insights on when and how to begin crafting your adoption plan, ensuring you have the knowledge and resources you need to make the best choices for you and your child.

When Should I Create an Adoption Plan?

In many cases, an adoption plan is created during pregnancy after a birth mother considers all her parenting options and decides that an adoption placement is the best alternative for her and her child. A comprehensive adoption plan constructed while you are still pregnant offers numerous advantages.

A plan created before your child’s birth provides more time to fully explore and consider all your choices. A thoughtful and complete adoption plan is proactive allowing time to establish a meaningful relationship with your selected adoptive family.  Birth mothers frequently report that a relationship with their selected family assisted in their recovery and transition after an adoption placement.

As a birth mother exploring this relationship, you can decide the level of openness and set the terms of what contact you desire after your child’s adoption placement.  In essence, an adoption plan empowers you to shape your child’s future before they even arrive in the world.

If you are hesitant or unsure about your choices, please keep in mind that an adoption plan is not set in stone. Life circumstances can change, and your plan can be adjusted accordingly. Our adoption professionals at Hausmann & Hickman will guide you through any revisions to make sure the final plan aligns with your current situation and feelings.

Most important, creating an adoption plan while pregnant can help lessen the emotional stress associated with the adoption process. Knowing that there’s a carefully thought-out plan in place can bring peace of mind during an emotionally turbulent period in your life.

Is it Too Late to Create an Adoption Plan After Birth?

It is never too late to create an adoption plan for your child.  Each woman’s situation is unique, and sometimes the decision to place a child for adoption does not crystallize until after the birth experience.  An adoption placement is an important decision which can only be made at a time that is right for each birth mother.

A post-birth adoption plan can provide the same level of direction over your child’s future.  While the time to make decisions maybe a bit more expedited due to the immediate needs of a newborn, you have the same choices and options available when creating a pre-birth adoption plan.

Adoptive families understand that birth mothers may come to the decision to place their child for adoption at different stages. Whether you create a plan pre- or post-birth, the intention is the same—to ensure the child grows up in a loving, nurturing environment. And rest assured, even if your plan is made after the birth, the caring team at Hausmann & Hickman can guide you through the process in a seamless manner.

The bottom line is, it is never too late to plan for your child’s future. Your wishes and your child’s well-being are our utmost priorities, regardless of when you decide to initiate the adoption process.

How Do I Get Started with Creating My Adoption Plan?

If you are ready to take the step of creating an adoption plan, the Florida adoption attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman are here to assist you. The first step is to reach out to us for a confidential communication. We will guide you through the details of adoption laws, answer your questions, and assist you to make an adoption plan.

We understand that this is a highly sensitive and personal decision, which is why all conversations with us are strictly confidential.

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Can I Choose the Family that Adopts My Baby?

At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we strongly encourage every birth mother to choose the adoptive parents for their baby.  The decision to place your baby for adoption is an incredibly emotional and complex journey.  Our team of adoption specialists work hard to provide a supportive environment.  All parents considering adoption possess a deep level of care and concern for their child’s well-being and they need assistance and resources to help them make the best decisions for their child’s future.  In this blog, we will shed light on this very important question and offer details that can inform birth mothers when making decisions.

Am I Able to Choose the Adoptive Parents of My Child?

Yes, all birth parents working with Hausmann & Hickman have the essential right to choose the parents who will adopt their child. A significant component of our program is a birth parent’s ability to create their own adoption plan. At the center of each individual adoption plan is the selection of adoptive parents and decisions regarding the role adoptive parents will have during the pregnancy, birth, and initial hours of your child’s life.  This is your pregnancy, your baby, and your adoption plan.

By choosing the adoptive family for your baby, you can pick the parents that you believe are the best fit for you and your child.  We will provide information about all members of each prospective family and an extensive description of the life they will offer your child.  You can request to review family profiles that meet your specific preferences such as: age; religion; state of residence; and child care arrangements (including whether one parent will stay home full time with their child).  Our team will always respect your wishes and will work hard to help you find the right family.

Your involvement with your selective adoptive family does not end once you make this important decision, we encourage all birth parents to meet their selected adoptive family in person or through video chat.  Our extensive experience has taught us that birth mothers acquire a greater sense of confidence in their adoption plan when they establish a relationship with the adoptive parents.  A relationship between birth and adoptive parents is positive for the child and provides a comfortable foundation for post adoption communication.  Our team will assist in coordinating all the details and can accompany you during your meeting with the adoptive family.

All our adoptive parents are committed to sharing photos and update letters demonstrating your child’s growth and development over the years and some will participate in visits.  You make the decision on how you will connect with your adoptive family and whether you maintain a relationship after your child’s placement.  Your comfort and peace of mind is the most important consideration.

Reasons Why a Birth Mother May Want to Choose Her Child’s Adoptive Parents

Selecting your child’s adoptive parents can provide a sense of comfort and control in an emotional and often stressful time. The choice allows you to influence the environment your child will grow up in, ensuring that it aligns with your values, cultural background, or religious beliefs. This feeling of control can alleviate some of the emotional strain that accompanies the adoption process, offering you peace of mind that your child’s well-being is being considered in a way that mirrors your own ideals.

The ability to choose the adoptive family also gives you the chance to form a meaningful bond with that family before you place your child for adoption. This connection can offer an invaluable source of reassurance and emotional support, both during the adoption process and beyond. Knowing who will raise your child can make the transition easier for everyone involved. It may also pave the way for a more open or semi-open adoption, should that be your wish, fostering a lasting relationship between you, the adoptive family, and potentially even your child.

Lastly, selecting the adoptive parents empowers you as a birth mother. This empowerment can be especially significant given that the decision to place a child for adoption often comes during a period of vulnerability and uncertainty. Having the ability to shape your child’s future by picking a loving and suitable family can provide you with a sense of purpose and agency, helping you to navigate the emotional complexities that come with the adoption process.

What Are Some of the Other Benefits of an Adoption Plan?

Aside from choosing the adoptive family, creating an adoption plan offers several other advantages. Firstly, it allows you to decide the nature of the adoption—be it open, semi-open, or closed. An open adoption, for example, would enable ongoing communication with your child and the adoptive family, whereas a closed adoption would involve limited or no contact. Through an adoption plan you can also stipulate the frequency and types of updates you would like to receive about your child, whether that is through photos, letters, or occasional visits.

An adoption plan provides you with the opportunity to outline your preferences for your child’s upbringing, including educational aspirations and cultural influences. The plan also helps the adoptive family understand your wishes clearly, making for a smoother journey for all parties involved.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are pregnant and considering adoption as an alternative to raising your baby, the Florida adoption attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman would be honored to assist you. We are here to answer all your questions and guide you through this intricate process. We understand that each adoption journey is unique, and we tailor our services to meet your individual needs. Should you decide to place your baby for adoption, know that we will be by your side to help you navigate through each step, ensuring that your experience is as comfortable and fulfilling as possible.

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What Should I Consider When Making an Adoption Plan?

Creating an adoption plan may seem overwhelming, but a thoughtful plan is vital to your peace of mind that your selected adoptive family aligns with your hopes and expectations for your child. A planned adoption process is designed to ensure that your child’s future is secure and that your child will grow up in a loving and supportive environment consistent with your values. An adoption plan can help make the transition smoother for you, your baby, and the adoptive family.

Adoption is a deeply personal journey that is unique to each parent. Taking time to craft a thoughtful adoption plan will help you clearly and accurately articulate your needs, desires, and expectations. At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we understand that this process is emotional and complex, and we strive to provide you guidance and support every step of the way.

What is an Adoption Plan?

An adoption plan is a roadmap that outlines how you want the adoption process to unfold. An adoption plan helps ensure that your wishes for your child are clearly communicated and honored. Through an adoption plan, you can detail all aspects of your adoption journey from the type of family you wish for your child to the level of contact you would like to have with the adoptive family and your child before, during and after your placement.

A comprehensive adoption plan also serves as a guide for the adoptive family, the adoption agency, and other entities involved in your adoption process. A plan should encapsulate your vision regarding the adoptive family’s role during the birth, placement and transition of your child and will help you prepare for the emotional experience of an adoption placement.  It is a thoughtful and considerate process that requires careful deliberation and the courage. Most importantly, a comprehensive plan places you in charge of your adoption, incorporates your values, beliefs and allows you to have a significant role in shaping your child’s future.

 

While creating an adoption plan, you have the autonomy to express your preferences to ensure your plan reflects your courage and commitment to a secure, loving future for your child.

What Should I Consider When Making My Adoption Plan?

Several critical factors should be considered when drafting an adoption plan. One primary consideration is what level of open communication you would like to have with the adoptive family and your child such as an open, semi open, or closed adoption best meets you and your child’s interests. An open adoption allows you to maintain contact with your child and the adoptive family through a range of options such as scheduled in-person visits, phone calls, videos, or letters.  Aa semi-open adoption involves limited contact through written updates and pictures.  A closed adoption involves no contact after the adoption.  The concept of openness in your adoption is fluid and we recommend that you work with an adoption professional when considering all your options.

Identify the characteristics you want in your selected adoptive family.  You should consider facts to look for such as their values, lifestyle, education, and other children in the home. Preferences such as religious or cultural background, or the geographical location of the family maybe significant to your selection.

A detailed hospital “birth” plan is essential to ensure your wishes are respected during this sensitive time.  A birth plan should include your preferences on who is present when you deliver your child, the interactions with the adoptive parents at the hospital, and the time that you spend with your baby after birth.

Your emotional well-being is the most important element of any adoption plan. Adoption is a significant decision that can carry emotional ramifications. Make sure you have a support system in place, whether it’s family, friends, or a counselor.

Do You Have Questions About Your Adoption Plan?

Navigating through the adoption process and creating an adoption plan may feel overwhelming. The attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. are here to guide you through this process. Whether you need assistance in creating your adoption plan or have general questions about adoption, we’re here to help.

Our team is committed to maintaining your privacy. We assure you that all conversations are strictly confidential and treated with the utmost respect. You can feel comfortable discussing your hopes, fears, and questions with us, knowing that we are here to provide answers and guidance.

You are not alone in this journey. Let us stand by your side, providing legal guidance and emotional support as you make the best decisions for you and your baby. The team at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is dedicated to helping birth mothers navigate the adoption process with knowledge, confidence, and compassion. We welcome the opportunity to assist you during this significant time in your life.

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Can I Make an Adoption Plan for My Baby After Birth?

If you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption, we are here to assist. As experts in Florida adoption law, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. can help you navigate the complexities of the adoption process, answer your questions and provide support and guidance along the way.

When considering an adoption placement, parents frequently ask whether they can make an adoption plan after their baby’s birth.  This answer is YES.   Every woman’s situation is unique, and we understand that making decisions about an adoption placement of your child may not always align with the expected timelines.  We encourage every parent to take their time to fully consider their options and only proceed with an adoption plan when they are certain an adoption placement is the best decision for them and their baby.

Whether you are well into your pregnancy, in the hospital after delivery, or taking care of your newborn at home, it is never too late to ask questions and seek professional advice. We are here to reassure you that Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is committed to helping you find the best possible future for both you and your baby, regardless of your decision.

Can I Create an Adoption Plan After My Baby is Born?

The answer to this important question is a definitive yes. While many birth mothers elect to establish an adoption plan during pregnancy, some women decide on adoption after the birth of their child. A decision to start an adoption plan after their child’s birth may happen for a variety of reasons, and it is essential to know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to adoption.

Post-birth adoption plans are not uncommon. Many times, the hospital environment following delivery can provide a birth mother time to reflect and provide her the space and time needed to weigh her options and make a decision that she believes are best for her and her child. In other circumstances, a mother may decide to take the baby home before she realizes over time that she is not prepared or able to provide the kind of life she wants for her child. In these situations, a post-birth adoption is an option and positive parenting decision that will ensure a child’s future well-being consistent with the hopes and dreams that a birth mother has for her child.

It is also important to understand that starting an adoption plan after your child’s birth doesn’t require you to rush through the process or take the time you need to assure you have made all the best decisions for your child.  Birth mothers who start this process post-birth are given the same consideration, care, and time to make informed decisions. It may seem overwhelming at first, but remember that adoption agencies and professionals such as Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. are there to guide and support you through each step of the process.

Please be assured that adoption is not an option that closes once your baby is born. Rather, adoption always remains a viable, loving, and selfless option for birth mothers who decides this path is the right parenting decision for their child.

Is an Adoption Plan Important?

An adoption plan empowers a birth mothers to take control of her adoption process. An adoption plan is an invaluable roadmap that enables you to make decisions about your baby’s future based on your preferences, values, and wishes. So, yes, having an adoption plan is not only important—it’s essential.

The adoption plan allows you to choose the type of adoption you desire—be it open, semi-open, or private. This choice can dictate the level of contact you’ll maintain with your baby and the adoptive family, from regular visits and updates to no contact at all. The decisions are yours.

When making an adoption plan, you will handpick the adoptive family and specify preferences about the family’s background, values, lifestyle, other children, and even pets. You can meet potential families, ask questions, and choose the family that feels right for your child. This is perhaps one of the most empowering aspects of the adoption plan—it gives you a say in the kind of environment and upbringing your baby will have.

By selecting an open or semi-open adoption plan, you are able to establish post-placement contact agreements, detailing the type and frequency of updates or visits you’d like to have with your child and the adoptive family. The plan isn’t set in stone and can change over time based on the comfort level and agreement of all parties involved. It serves as a guide that ensures your baby’s adoption aligns with your vision and comfort level.

Interested in Learning More?

If you’re curious to know more about creating an adoption plan or if you have any other adoption-related questions, the expert Florida adoption attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. are here to help. We understand that this is a significant decision and we want to provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice for you and your baby.

We want to assure you that any conversation with us will be strictly confidential and private. Our primary goal is to provide a supportive, non-judgmental space for you to explore your options. Our team is experienced and empathetic, committed to helping you navigate the adoption journey with the utmost care and professionalism.

Adoption is an act of love, and every journey is unique. Whether you’re considering making an adoption plan now or have questions about the process in the future, Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. is available to help you. Reach out to us today, and let’s take the next steps in this journey together.

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I’m Pregnant, What Are My Options?

Finding out you’re pregnant can be a moment filled with a whirlwind of emotions, especially when the future seems uncertain. For some women, the prospect of parenting may feel overwhelming, due to various personal or financial circumstances. If you find yourself in this situation, please remember, you have options. One such option that allows you to secure a promising future for your child is private adoption placement.

Through private adoption placement, you can find adoptive parents who can provide a loving and supportive home for your baby. This process, which offers a level of control and personalization not always available in an adoption through the child welfare system (foster to adopt) puts you, the birth mother, in the driver’s seat. At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., our Florida adoption attorneys can guide you through this process, ensuring that your needs and the best interests of your child are at the forefront.

At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., the private adoption placement is carried out without Department of Children and Families (DCF) involvement. This means that your baby can leave the hospital directly in the arms of the family you have carefully chosen for them. Importantly, as a birth parent, you should know that there is no cost to you for this process. The focus remains solely on helping you make the best decision for your child’s future​​.

What is Private Adoption Placement?

Private adoption placement is a type of adoption process where birth mothers have the opportunity to take an active role in planning their baby’s future. Through Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., birth mothers can customize their adoption plan to ensure their child is placed with a family that aligns with their hopes and values.

With private adoption placement, you get to choose the adoptive parents. This can be a deeply empowering process, allowing you to feel secure in knowing that your child is going to grow up in a home that you personally believe will provide them the love, care, and support they deserve. Furthermore, you get to determine the level of involvement you wish to have in your child’s life post-adoption, whether that is receiving regular updates or even having direct contact.

The control you have in a private adoption placement is extensive. You manage the timeline, the level of openness, and the adoptive family selection. This gives you the opportunity to shape the future of your child in a way that reflects your wishes and values.

Additionally, at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we provide you with personalized guidance throughout the entire process. We understand that this is a deeply personal journey, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way.

How Private Adoption Can Be a Good Option

Choosing to place your child for adoption is a brave and selfless act. Private adoption, in particular, comes with a variety of benefits that can make this decision a positive alternative to parenting.

Firstly, private adoption allows you to select the adoptive parents for your child. You can choose a family that shares your values and dreams for your child’s future. Whether you’re looking for a family with a particular lifestyle, educational background, religious belief, or simply a loving environment, you have the ability to make that choice.

Assistance with your basic living expenses is available through a  private adoption. In many cases, the adoptive family can assist with living expenses, including rent, food, utilities, phone, maternity clothing, and transportation. This support can help alleviate financial pressures during pregnancy and recovery following delivery.  These expenses are reviewed and approved by the Court to assure compliance with the law and to protect your private adoption plan.

Private adoption also offers free supportive counseling. Deciding to place a child for adoption can be emotionally challenging, and having access to professional counselors can provide invaluable emotional support during this time.

Moreover, private adoption often allows for an “open adoption” arrangement. This means you can maintain a connection with your child and the adoptive family, if you choose. This level of ongoing involvement can provide peace of mind and allow you to maintain a meaningful connection.

Lastly, legal representation is a crucial benefit of private adoption. The Florida adoption attorneys at Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. are knowledgeable about state-specific adoption laws for each unique situation. As a birth parent, you will have the option to have your own legal representation during the adoption process at no cost to you, which can help you feel more secure and informed in the legal process of placing a child for adoption.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are pregnant and unsure about what to do next, remember you are not alone. There are supportive resources and professionals ready to assist you in exploring your options.

At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we understand the challenges and emotions you may be facing. As a team of compassionate Florida adoption attorneys, we are here to guide you through the complexities of the adoption process, ensuring that you are informed, comfortable, and confident with each step.

Whether you want to learn more about the process, explore the benefits, or simply have a conversation about your situation, we welcome you to reach out to us.

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How Do You Find Adoptive Parents?

Making the decision to place your baby for adoption is an incredibly personal choice. At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we understand the weight of this decision and are dedicated to supporting birth mothers throughout this process. We offer a private adoption placement process, allowing birth mothers to choose the adoptive parents for their baby. This allows birth mothers to ensure that their child’s future aligns with their dreams for them​​. We maintain a list of profiles for waiting adoptive families. If you do not find your match within our list, we will assist you in finding the right adoptive family through outreach to our network of adoption consultants.

When choosing to work with Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., birth mothers maintain control over their adoption plan. This is your pregnancy, your baby, and your decision. Our team is here to guide and assist you in selecting an adoptive family, facilitating meetings with them if you desire, and creating a plan that incorporates your preferred level of openness in adoption. The choice of adoptive parents can be based on a variety of preferences important to you, such as marital status, age, religion, or whether you wish for your child to be their first​​.

The process of choosing adoptive parents is not to be rushed and we work closely with you to ensure that you select the family that you feel is the best choice for your baby.

Choosing the Adoptive Parents for Your Child

Selecting the adoptive family for your baby is a significant part of your adoption plan. This choice provides you a voice in your child’s future. When you create your adoption plan with us you are able to decide what is important to you for matching with the right adoptive family.

Once you’ve selected an adoptive family, you may choose to speak with them over the phone, meet them meet with them in person or through video chat. Meeting provides an opportunity to get to know the potential adoptive parents better, and our team will be there to assist you throughout this process. Adoptive parents are eager to share photos and update letters after your baby is born, allowing you to remain a part of your child’s life in a way that feels comfortable for you​​.  If you desire a more open relationship with the adoptive family and your child after placement, we will work with you to identify a family open to your goals.

You Are in Control of Your Child’s Adoption

At Hausmann & Hickman, P.A., we believe that the adoption process should be guided by the birth mother’s wishes and needs. This extends beyond the choice of adoptive parents and into the overall type of adoption and the level of involvement you wish to have. You are in control of your child’s adoption process, with the freedom to customize it to your comfort level and desires.

You may opt for an open, semi-open, or closed adoption. An open adoption is one where there is direct communication between the birth mother and adoptive parents, which may even include visits. In a semi-open adoption, there is still communication which usually will include scheduled photo and letter updates. A closed adoption is one where there is no contact or exchange of information between the birth and adoptive parents after the adoption. Closed adoptions are not currently common, but the level of openness is based on your own needs and comfort level with communication.

The level of involvement you wish to have is entirely up to you. You may choose to meet the adoptive family, have them attend prenatal visits, and even have them present for delivery. You may choose to create a communication agreement with the adoptive parents that includes photos and update letters after your baby is born. Our office will assist you with these details, and even attend your meeting with the adoptive family if you would like to help make everyone feel more comfortable. Adoption is your decision, and we are here to support you.

See Some of Our Adoptive Parents

We understand the importance of knowing about the family that you are considering for your child’s adoption. That is why we offer you the opportunity to view the profiles of our current prospective adoptive parents.

Each profile provides you with insights about the adoptive parents’ lifestyle, interests, values, and home environment. This information can help you in making an informed decision about the future of your child. You might find a family that shares your love of the outdoors, a specific faith, or maybe a family who has similar traditions. These shared interests can help you visualize your child’s future and make a selection with a family you feel connected to.

These profiles are just a starting point. After browsing through them, you might feel drawn to a particular family. If so, arrangements can be made for you to meet with them, either in person or through video chat. This personal connection can provide an additional layer of comfort and assurance in your decision-making process​​. On the other hand, if you do not see an adoptive family that fits what you’re looking for, let us know. We are constantly meeting with new families looking to adopt and can help you in finding one that fits with what you’re looking for.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are wanting to learn more about the adoption process or have specific questions, we welcome you to reach out and speak with one of our adoption attorneys. They are equipped with the knowledge and experience to answer your questions and guide you through the process.

Our goal is to support you in whatever way you need, whether that’s providing information, answering questions, or guiding you through your private adoption placement.