Adoption in Pasco County
Are you pregnant and considering adoption in Pasco County? We are a Florida adoption agency based in New Port Richey (on Congress St.), serving Pasco, Pinellas, and Hernando counties with adoption answers 24 hours a day via our talk and text line at 1-800-923-6784.
With a modern Florida adoption, you can learn about the adoption choices you have like:
- The Adoptive Parents. You can pick from many approved adopting parents, both in Florida and other states. You can talk to them and get to know them first if you wish.
- Contact After Adoption. You can decide if you want updates like letters and pictures, connections on social media, or even getting together for an annual visit – these create an open adoption. If you prefer no updates, that is an option too.
- The Help You Need. If you need financial assistance, we can help! Help with rent, food, transportation, even your cell phone bill. Let us know what your needs are, and we can help you get it.
- The Hospital Plan. You can see and hold your baby, even decide who is in the delivery room with you. (Many women in Pasco County will deliver at Trinity Hospital but we can work with you anywhere!)
- Counseling & More! There are many other things we can help you with if you want. Every woman is in a different situation and we want to help you design a custom Florida adoption plan.
A Pasco County Adoption Agency
Located locally at 6640 Congress St., Suite101 in New Port Richey, we are convenient, between Main St. and Massachusetts Ave. You can stop by and visit, or reach us 24 hours a day by phone or text. We can also meet you for coffee or lunch if you would like to learn more in person from one of our caring adoption coordinators.
If you already have had a child removed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, we can help you. Many women are still able to create a custom adoption plan even if their children are in Florida foster care. Call us and we can help you evaluate your unique situation to see if an open adoption is possible.
How Does Adoption in Florida Work?
The first step is simply to call or text and speak with a caring adoption coordinator. Everything is private and they can help answer your questions and share about the process. Typically, the adoption process follows a pattern like this:
- Speak with a coordinator about your specific situation. Receive information by email, mail, or in person including a questionnaire and more about approved adoptive families.
- Choose a family (or more if you wish to speak to more than one), talking to them to see if they are the ones you would like to choose as your child’s parents. Complete the questionnaire and return it with a proof of pregnancy.
- Work with your coordinator to create a hospital plan. When you deliver, your baby will usually leave the hospital with the adoptive parents and you will sign the legal papers with an attorney a day or so later.
There is no cost to you. You can receive help with your pregnancy related expenses. And we are here with you every step of the way to walk with you.
We want to help you plan for your future too! So ensuring you have pregnancy counseling is important to us, as well as planning for life after adoption.
Local Florida Adoption Stories
We can help you explore safe pregnancy options for you in your situation. Here are a few examples:
- Theresa had just graduated Gulf High School here in New Port Richey and was enrolled in Pasco Hernando Community College, hoping to become a teacher. Over the summer, she discovered she was facing an unplanned pregnancy. We were able to help her stay on track with her goals and make an adoption plan for her baby boy. She choose a family in Miami, so she could easily have visits twice a year.
- Angela had lost her children through foster care due to drug use, so when she found out she was pregnant again, she called asking “What do I have to know to find a family for my baby.” We met with her at a coffee shop in Downtown Dade City and explained the options she has by choosing adoption in advance, instead of just letting the state take the baby into Florida foster care. We were able to help her find a family who were open to a drug-exposed baby, so she could have an open adoption with this child.
- Kara was pregnant and homeless by the Anclote, and her first thought was “I don’t want the baby.” We were able to help her get stable by getting shelter first, then getting seen at Trinity Hospital for some immediate medical needs. We continued to work with her, helping her sign up for Medicaid at the government center and getting some help with food through the WIC office. When she was ready, she chose a family for her baby and started planning a different future for herself. Ultimately, she was able to get a job in Holiday and is doing well today.