How to give a child up for adoption? There are options!

If you are pregnant and considering adoption, there are numerous options for you to consider. With help from attorneys who will work for free for you, you can choose the family who adopts your child.

Adoption and Family Law Attorneys

There are four types of adoptions:

  • Private Adoption
  • Step-Parent Adoption
  • Relative Adoption
  • Dependency Adoption

For pregnant women seeking a private adoption, Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes governs and the adoptions are very meticulous. They require attention to every detail.

There are numerous reasons that parents may give up their child to adoption. The difficult decision is often made during an emotional time.

Are you pregnant and thinking about placing your baby for adoption?

Being well-informed may help you feel better about whatever decision you make. Whether it is to place your child for adoption or to parent your child yourself. The following provides information about adoption that may help you in exploring your options. Others who are affected by adoption decisions, such as expectant fathers and other relatives, also may find this information useful for answering their questions.

Understanding Adoption

Adoption is a process with legal, social, and emotional aspects in which children who will not be raised by their birth parents become permanent legal members of another family. When it comes to adoption, there is no one right decision for everyone. Understanding adoption, including why others choose adoption or not and its long-term impact—may help you figure out what’s right for you and your child.

When do I have to make my decision?

Laws require that the final decision to place a child for adoption be made after the baby is born. After considering your options, prepare for the adoption by selecting a licensed adoption agency or adoption lawyer and they will help you select adoptive parents (or parent). Nevertheless, the final and legal decision is made by you (or you and the father) after the child’s birth.

If I choose adoption, will I know what happens to my child?

Placing a child for adoption does not necessarily mean that you won’t have future contact with your child. In past generations, many adoptions were surrounded in secrecy, and communication between birth parents and their children was discouraged. Today, most infant adoptions have some degree of openness in which birth parents have some contact with adoptive parents and their children who have been adopted.

Open adoption allows birth mothers to know and have contact with the adoptive parents and possibly the child who has been adopted. After the adoption, the birth mother (and possibly the birth father and other family members) and the adoptive family can communicate in various ways including letters, phone calls, social media, emails, texts, video calls, and/or visits. The type and frequency of communication will depend on the choices and needs of the people involved and often changes over time.

Research points to many benefits of openness for children who have been adopted and their birth mothers. Through direct contact with birth family members, openness can help your child learn more about his or her personal history, family background, medical information, and the reasons for placement. As a result, your child can benefit from a stronger sense of identity, self-worth, and connection. In addition, birth mothers often report a greater sense of control in an open adoption and comfort from knowing that their child is healthy and cared for.

If you would like to learn more about adoption for your child, contact an attorney today!

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