Choosing to place a child for adoption is not easy, no matter what the reasons are or if you truly feel it is the best decision for the baby and for yourself. It is an emotional process going through a pregnancy, birth and giving consent to an adoption.
Beyond all the emotions expecting mothers are untangling, adoption is a legal process that can be complicated. The final arrangement should protect you, the adoptive family and the baby. While many women considering putting their baby up for adoption may want to go with a more relaxed process, having legal representation can be beneficial.
Here are five reasons to consider working with an adoption attorney.
Attorneys are your advocates
An adoption attorney represents you in the process, looking out for your legal rights and best interests. Having someone in your corner every step of the way to provide advice and support can be helpful during an emotional and stressful time.
Finding a family
Adoption attorneys can help expecting mothers find and choose a family who makes them feel comfortable about the adoption process. They can arrange meetings with families, so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. They can also help arrange a legal plan for future contact and help determine the proper financial agreement for prenatal care and expenses.
Dealing with the drama
In adoption cases, there can be moments where difficult decisions need to be made or tedious work needs to be completed. An adoption attorney can assist with these issues, handling the paperwork and helping to obtain the birth father’s consent, if it is necessary.
Building a better adoption
Whether you are considering an open or closed adoption, an attorney can work with you through the legal requirements and make sure all parties feel happy and confident with the final arrangement. Many birth mothers opt for a semi-open adoption, and an attorney can help build that plan to suit your individual desires.
If at any point you change your mind about the adoption, an attorney can compassionately represent you in your legal right to do so. Under Florida law, you cannot give formal consent to adoption until 48 hours after your baby is born, regardless of whatever previous arrangement was made during the pregnancy.
A lawyer will make sure you are fully informed along the way but will not try to coerce you into going through with it, no matter how much work has been done. An attorney representing you only has one agenda: doing what is best for you.