The adoption process often begins with a simple phone call. At the Florida Adoption Center (FAC), we provide counseling of your options, discuss current circumstances, and develop an individualized adoption plan. What is the best part? Our services to birth parents are cost-free, confidential, and provided with love.
FAC has a separate advocate for birth families and for adoptive families. Both sides of the adoption have someone to discuss concerns and questions, as well as someone to assist in problem-solving any potential situations that may arise. Our advocates are able to meet in person or virtually on a regular schedule to case manage the adoption.
Once in the program, FAC birth mothers often meet with their advocate weekly and always are able to call/text at any time. The initial meeting allows our birth mother’s the opportunity to get to know their personal advocate in order to feel comfortable with their relationship and their individual adoption plan. All documents from the initial paperwork to the consent forms will be copied and given to the birth mothers for their records.
The services Florida Adoption Center provides include birth parent case management, home study services, matching services, and placement services. Case management often includes but is not limited to helping with resources for housing, education, and employment. FAC will help with guidance to seek prenatal care, substance abuse counseling, and life skills education such as budgeting, relationship issues, etc. FAC looks at the big picture for wellness, which is included within the adoption process.
WHAT IS AN ADOPTION PLAN?
An Adoption plan is an individualized plan for placing a child for adoption. The plan includes finding a family to place the child with, facilitating a future relationship with the child and adoptive parents, and providing guidance about the adoption laws, hospital procedures, and birth parent’s rights. A birth parent may choose to be incredibly involved with the adoption including a future relationship with the adoptive family and the child, or a birth parent may choose to not be very involved and allow the agency to make all necessary decisions. An adoption plan includes assisting birth families with reasonable financial assistance (within the guidelines of the FL Statue) for housing, food, clothes, transportation, and phone services to ensure communication with FAC and doctors. Our staff assists birth families with life skills like budgeting, positive relationships, education opportunities, employment opportunities, finding stable housing, and signing up for Medicaid insurance for pregnant women, etc. We assist with making prenatal care appointments and assist with transportation needs. All our services are meant to help to build an open and honest relationship of trust.
WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
Many birth and adoptive parents are unaware of or don’t understand their rights surrounding the adoption of their child. FAC is diligent to explain and ensure that both the birth parents and adoptive parents understand their legal rights throughout the process. A document called the “Adoption Disclosure” details these legal rights and is signed by the birth parents and the adoptive parents and copies given to each. As always, we are available for any questions or concerns either party may have throughout the entire process, you only need to reach out to your prospective advocate within Florida Adoption Center.
Call us at 321-250-5683 or 321-766-5638 or 1-855-899-5683 for more information.