There are many reasons expectant moms and dads consider placing their baby for adoption. Reasons can range from financial instability, readiness, surprise or unplanned pregnancy, age, home life situations, trauma, or any major life event that can impact a person’s ability to parent. Deciding to place a baby up for adoption can be a heart wrenching and emotional decision, but also one that can provide comfort in forming a plan for your child. Regardless, it’s not made lightly, nor is it a quick decision.

During the Pregnancy and Before Consents are signed?

Once a mom comes in and decides to enter a pre-adoption agreement the agency will immediately start working with her to provide and formulate a plan for her adoption. if she chooses during the pregnancy to break that agreement and parent her child, she is to let the adoption agency know immediately and she is required by the State of Florida to repay any monies advanced to her towards her living expenses back to the adoptive family.

The same applies if she delivers her baby and chooses to parent, she is to immediately let the agency know of her decision, and together agency, adoptive family, and birth mom will come up with a plan of repayment to the adoptive couple.

After Delivery and The Consents Are Signed?

Adoption laws can differ from state to state. Under Florida law, birth mothers cannot consent to the adoption of a newborn until 48 hours after the child is born, or on the day she is discharged from the hospital.

Once the birth mother signs the consent form, it is a binding legal document, and effective immediately. The birth mother can only withdraw the consent if she can prove in court that it was obtained by fraud or duress. If the child is over six months old, then there is a three-day waiting period, but no such waiting period exists for newborns.

Adoption is a permanent decision, so once a child is adopted, all custodial rights are transferred to their adoptive parents. Custody cannot be regained by the child’s biological parents.

After Finalization?

Once an adoption is legally finalized, it is irrevocable.

Bottom Line

In short, whether you’re a hopeful adoptive parent or an expectant mom walking the road to adoption, our Heartfelt Adoption team is here for you every step of the way. We are one of the top private adoption agencies in the state of Florida.

Conveniently located in Tampa, Heartfelt Adoptions has been providing domestic adoption services in the Tampa area for 20+ years. Our team of caring and knowledgeable adoption professionals assist birth parents and adoptive families in creating forever families together.