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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.