Deciding to adopt a baby is very exciting. It can also be a little confusing and feel a bit overwhelming. Luckily the very knowledgeable adoption coordinators at our Florida adoption agency are here to help you navigate the adoption waters.
What is Open Adoption?
Most domestic adoption today is open adoption. In an open adoption, the birth mother looks through adoptive family profiles and chooses the family she would like to adopt her baby. If the birth mother and the adoptive family feel they have similar expectations and hopes for how the adoption should proceed, they are considered matched. You will agree on what time of contact or updated the birth mother will have after the adoption is final. This can range from pictures on special occasions, to shared Facebook page for updates and even visits.
The benefits of open adoption are many. Most importantly, adoption studies have determined that adopted children who understand where they came from and why they were adopted show increased feelings of self-worth, have a better sense of belonging and fewer feelings of abandonment, and feel their family has been honest with them.
For the birth mother, she does not feel that she will never see her child or know what happened to her ever again. She will feel confident she is choosing a life full of love and security for her child and she will be able to witness that through updates.
The adoptive parents benefit in many ways as well. A couple of those reasons are having medical information from the birth family will help you and your pediatrician better care for your child. You will know that you were chosen specifically to be the parents of this child by a birth mother that wants nothing but the best for her baby.
Adoptive families have many choices as they consider adoption, both large and small. Knowing what you are looking for in the beginning is a key to a smooth and successful adoption. Our adoption coordinators at our New Port Richey adoption agency are here to help you weigh what is most important and least important to you in regards to some of your choices. There are many different adoption situations out there as no two adoptions are the same. Age, race, and substance usage during pregnancy are just a few of the things you will be asked about. Other choices may have to do with medical history, gender, and ongoing contact. Taking time now to become educated on adoption through reading and speaking with others is a great way to know what you are open to. If you have questions, we are happy to answer them or talk things out with you so you know a little more about what to expect.
Getting started is as easy as 1..2..3
- Fill out our free adoption application no cost or obligation to you.
- Meet one-on-one with an adoption counselor from our Florida Adoption Agency
- Review the information you receive from our team, check referrals and decide if Lifetime is right fit for your adoption dreams.
Once you have submitted your application, an adoption coordinator from our Florida adoption agency will reach out to you. She will explain the entire open adoption process and answer all of your adoption questions. Our team will work with you to develop an adoption plan specifically for you and advise you on the best practices for a successful adoption experience.
You can discover more about our Florida adoption agency and read some of our successful adoption stories at Lifetime Adoption. Get more info by contacting us. We can’t wait to assist you in building your family through adoption!
Domestic Adoption Requirements in Florida
In Florida, the adoption requirements vary depending on the type of adoption you are pursuing. Generally, the adoption process involves a thorough background check, home study, and legal process to ensure the prospective parents are suitable and able to provide a loving, stable home for the child.
The minimum adoption requirements in Florida, as well as in most states are:
• Must have a stable income, stable home, and be in good physical and mental health
• Pass a criminal background check and a child abuse registry check
• Complete a home study evaluation conducted by a licensed child-placing agency or other approved home study provider
• Attend pre-adoption training classes (many organizations offer these online now)
If you are pursuing international adoption or adoption through foster care, there may be additional adoption requirements.
Learn more about a Florida Open Adoption
Take a look at some of our successful adoption stories then learn how you can become one of these adoption success stories yourself. Take a look at some of our adoption educational webinars to learn more.
Here are a few.
Adoption 101 Q&A: Adoption Basics…and Beyond
Lifetime Webinar: The Modern Adoption
The Truth About the Top 3 Myths of Open Adoption
If you have questions about adopting in Florida, speak to one of our adoption coordinators by calling 727-493-0933.