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What is an Adoption Profile?

An adoption profile is a vital tool for being selected as an adoptive parent. Frequently profiles are shared with birth parents to help them get to know adoptive parents when they are trying to make a decision about the best adoptive family for their child. It is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to an expectant parent, tell your story, and help her decide if you are the right fit. In some instances a birth parent may even contact a law firm or adoption agency after having located a family online, thereby proving the importance of social mediation profile is a vital tool for being selected as an adoptive parent. Frequently profiles are shared with birth parents to help them get to know adoptive parents when they are trying to make a decision about the best adoptive family for their child. It is an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to an expectant parent, tell your story, and help her decide if you are the right fit. In some instances a birth parent may even contact a law firm or adoption agency after having located a family online, thereby proving the importance of social media!

Writing an adoption profile can be an exciting but intimidating experience. It is the “first impression” you will give, and a big step toward creating your family. Most adoption profiles appear in book format and will contain photos and a description of you, your home, and your hobbies and interests. It should tell your story. Your writing should be personal, natural, and in the first person. You may choose to create your own profile using an online photo program such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Mixbook. If you are not creative, ambitious, or simply not interested in applying the necessary time and attention to this very important tool, consider retaining a professional to assist in this process.

Once a profile is finalized and approved, it may be shared on the Adoption & Surrogacy website on the “Choose Your Adoptive Family” page. Take a look at this tip brochure for more information on how to create an adoption profile!

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What is an Adoption Home Study?

You have begun your research after deciding that you are ready to adopt a child. What next? While adoption laws vary from state to state, all states agree an adoption home study on a prospective adoptive parent is required prior to the adoption of a non-relative.

A home study has three primary purposes: to educate and prepare a family for adoption, to gather information about the prospective adoptive parent, and to evaluate the fitness and suitability of an adoptive parent.

What is a home study? A home study is an assessment and evaluation of a prospective adoptive parent. It is based upon supportive documentation including background clearances, financial statements, and interviews that confirm an adoptive parent’s ability to parent an adopted child. Most home studies contain information regarding an adoptive parent’s family background, education, employment, religion, and neighborhood. A favorable home study evaluation is required before an adoptive parent may take custody of a child and proceed with an adoption.

While the home study process is frequently a source of anxiety for some prospective adoptive parents who may fear they will not be “approved”, it is important to remember the study is not to confirm “perfect parents”. Rather, it is to qualify real parents to parent real children. With accurate information about the process, prospective adoptive parents can face the home study experience with confidence and the excitement that should accompany the prospect of welcoming a child into the family.

If you are ready to begin the adoption process and are looking for a home study provider, please visit our Professional Resources page or contact Hausmann & Hickman, P.A. for a list of qualified licensed social workers ready to assist with your parenting dreams.

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Private Adoption Today

Private adoption today is nothing like it was in years past.  Long gone are the days of “closed” adoptions, when newborns were whisked from the delivery room before a birthmother had an opportunity to request otherwise.

Today’s birthmother directs her adoption plan, and in so doing provides her child the best future possible.

How does this happen?  With private adoption today, birthparents determine the “type” of the adoptive family they feel would best suit themselves and therefore suit their child.  Adoptive families consist of married heterosexual couples, single parents, and same-sex couples.  All adoptive families must endure a rigorous screening process, called a “home study”, which includes extensive background checks, review of their financial status, and confirmation the adoptive family is otherwise capable of providing for a child.  Would you like a “stay-at-home” mom?  Do you want your child to be their first child?  Do you have a religious preference? Regardless of the type of family, you are searching for, there are definitely many families ready and willing to provide a wonderful future to your child.

Would you like to meet the adoptive parents?  Do you want the adoptive parents involved in your pregnancy and even at the hospital when your baby is born?  Would you like to present the baby?  How about receiving pictures, letters, and possibly even having visits with the child in the future?  These are only a few of the many options you have with a private adoption.

To learn more about private adoption in Florida, and how we can help you to make the best possible plan for yourself and your child, please visit the adoption link on our website.  We have some wonderful adoptive families just waiting to connect with you!

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The Benefits of Working with a Florida Adoption Attorney – A Birth Mother’s Thoughts

I see ads all across Florida promoting adoption.  As a birthmother and a proponent of adoption this is encouraging to me, but it also fills me with worries for prospective birthmothers.  I had two wonderful placements, but I knew the key to those experiences was the one on one attention I got from the small adoption firm of Hausmann & Hickman.  I worry that birthmothers, in a desperate time in their lives, will end up with an agency that does not have her and her child’s best needs at heart.  Adoption has changed so much over the last 20 years and it continues to change and evolve with each passing day.  There are many options open to a birthmother in adoption and those options should be presented and made available to her  Some of the agencies I encountered during my placements felt a bit…Stepford-  I had no ability to form my own adoption plan.  For example, some agencies would require that I live in a public housing unit with other birth moms or participate in group therapy.  I was going through such a personal experience, and being such a private person, I did not want to be on display in a public living facility.  I didn’t feel I was going to be an individual going through a difficult time in my life there, I felt like I was intruding on a collective.  Each person in these experiences is uniquely individual, including the birth mother, the adoptive parents, and the child.  The environment should be tailored to fit the needs of all of those people, especially the child.  After all, adoption is always about the child.  There are several points I want to discuss in this blog that are often brought when trying to choose a firm/agency to use.  These are my experiences and my thoughts on the processes I went through.

It is important to do your research.  Work only with a qualified Florida Adoption Professional who will give you allow you to choose the type of adoption placement that right for you and your baby.

Alexa Kate

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Surrogate information

Whether you are considering becoming a surrogate, egg, or embryo donor, intended parents who have identified your own surrogate, or you are beginning this journey in search of finding a surrogate, your arrangement will be handled professionally with a personal touch. We look forward to working with you.

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Adoptive and birth parents share information

Private adoption has changed dramatically. Today, adoptive parents and birth parents meet and share information before the child’s birth and agree to continue after the child’s placement. Communication in each adoption is essential to the child’s best interests and the individual comfort and ease of the parties.