What is the Adoption Process in Florida?

Unplanned pregnancies are a reality of life that can be a challenge for women, relationships, and families. Thankfully, there are options that birth moms can take in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. If current circumstances make it difficult to provide a child with the upbringing the birth parents hope for their child, adoption is a selfless choice. Our Boynton Beach adoption firm matches expectant mothers with loving families who are hoping to adopt.

Researching the adoption process in Florida can leave the expectant mother with more questions than answers. It can be tough for expectant mothers to know where to begin the process, and what is involved. The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) website is a great place to start researching what is involved with adoption in Florida. The road to adoption doesn’t have to be walked alone, and at Hausmann and Hickman we are dedicated to helping birthmothers with creating the best adoption plan for their unplanned pregnancy. We understand how challenging a pregnancy can be, and our dedicated staff is able to provide answers to your questions and help you with the Florida adoption process. Here is what some of the adoption processes entails in Florida.

Decide If Adoption is Right for You

The process of adoption in Florida has its unique challenges and differs from other states. Adoption is one of the most selfless choices that a birth mother can make, and it’s okay if you are unsure of the procedure. Hausmann and Hickman will provide the information you need about adoption so you can make an informed decision that works best for you. If you decide to go ahead with adoption, we will walk you through the entire process.

Reviewing Potential Adoptive Parents

When it comes to adoption, there are three major types in Florida: domestic, foster care, and international. The most common form of adoption is going through a domestic agency in your state. With a typical public adoption, the process may not involve as in-depth of a review process when it comes to pairing children to adoptive homes, compared to private adoption. State-run agencies, for example, have a waiting list for adoptive parents and typically the birth mother does not meet the potential adoptive parents. Understandably, you may want to meet the adoptive parents to make sure your child is placed with parents that can provide a stable and loving home. At Hausmann and Hickman, we have a network of adoptive parents to choose from and a personalized adoption plan can be created to allow as much or as little contact with adoptive parents as you desire.

Applications and Paperwork

The adoption process involves matching with adoptive parents during the pregnancy, and once the baby is born they may be placed with the adoptive parents from the hospital. Both parties agree on the terms of the adoption as the contract is legally binding. An attorney can help with the details of the paperwork needed for the adoption process. Let Hausmann and Hickman help you fill out the paperwork, and provide you the details of what the application and contract state.

How Do I Get Started With the Adoption Process?

If you are ready to choose adoption, contact Hausmann and Hickman to help you through the process. Not only can we help you with adoption in Florida, but we offer support such as counseling and financial assistance for birth mothers. Our extensive network has many qualified adoptive families that can provide your child a safe and happy home to grow up in. Financial assistance can be provided to the birthmother under Florida law and we also offer supportive counseling. No one has to go through adoption alone. Hausmann and Hickman can help guide you through the process. Contact us to speak with one of our attorneys today.