The decision to place a child for adoption is extremely personal and emotional, even if you believe it is in the child’s best interest. It is natural for birth mothers to worry about their child or wonder if they will be able to see them again.
For birth mothers in Florida, it is possible to create an adoption plan with an adoptive family that allows you to maintain contact with your child and stay involved in their lives. Florida is a state that allows for a written agreement for contact after an adoption is finalized.
What can an agreement include?
These agreements include contact options between the birth and adoptive parents that range from exchanging child information – such as cards, letters and photos via social media or other traditional methods – to allowing for visitation opportunities between the child and birth mother. The child also has the right to contact their siblings and other biological relatives.
To be enforceable, the court must deem the nature and frequency of the contact is in the child’s best interests and designed to protect the child’s safety and all parties’ rights.
Is the agreement enforceable?
Florida statute does not specifically address whether an agreement can be enforced. This is one reason working with an adoption attorney can help birth mothers who are considering adoption: They can help you create a plan that is legal and puts your interests at the center.
While adoption records are typically closed in Florida, the state does offer a reunion registry for birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptees and other biological relatives. Once two or more people affected by an adoption list themselves, the reunion registry connects them.
However, open adoptions are common and most birth and adoptive parents see the value it has for all parties. It is very possible to find the right family that will allow you to be in your child’s life and much or as little as you want.