Tallahassee Adoption, Home Studies and More
If you are thinking about adoption in Tallahassee, FL, call Lifetime Adoption Agency. With more than three decades of experience connecting birth mothers with loving adoptive families, our caring adoption coordinators are ready to assist you. Lifetime is one of the nationwide leaders in open, domestic adoption, and our coordinators will provide you with one-on-one support, counseling, referrals, articles, webinars, and so much more.
Help for Pregnant Women in Tallahassee, FL
Experiencing an unexpected pregnancy in the Tallahassee area can be stressful. Contact a Lifetime Adoption coordinator who can explain the adoption process and assist you in making an adoption plan.
The adoptive families at Lifetime are emotionally and financially ready to bring a baby into their family. You can choose a family with the values and lifestyle you see your child raised with. You don’t have to say goodbye forever either. You can choose how much contact you want to have with your child and the adoptive family.
Birth mothers that choose adoption can receive help with their pregnancy expenses. Your adoption coordinator can help you find assistance for rent, food, transportation, phone, clothes, and more. Your Lifetime coordinator will let you know what resources are available to you!
Adoption is not just for newborns. If you are the parent of a toddler, sibling set, or special needs child, Lifetime Adoption can help you create an adoption plan as well. There are Lifetime Adoption families interested in adoption toddlers, sibling sets, and special needs children.
We understand that making that call can be difficult, but you can just call or text to get information about our Florida adoption services in Tallahassee. Just reach out to 800-923-6784, and you will find a caring and kind voice ready to answer all of your questions.
Adoption Agencies in Tallahassee
At Lifetime Adoption, you will be provided with:
- A choice of adoptive parents that all have had background checks and a home study completed.
- The opportunity for peer and professional counseling during your pregnancy and after
- The opportunity to receive help with pregnancy-related costs and expenses
- Maternity clothes, toiletries, and other pregnancy items you may need
- And much more!
Adoption Counseling in Tallahassee
Peer counseling is very popular at Lifetime. Speaking with another birth mother who has been in your shoes can be very helpful. While her story may be a little different, she will understand the feelings and emotions you have. She can share the experiences she had when telling the birth father, her family, and friends and how she dealt with those situations.
Maternity Hospitals in Tallahassee
- Who is your choice to be at the hospital with you when you give birth?
- When you deliver, who would you like to be the one to cut the cord?
- Who do you want to hold your baby or feed your baby first?
She will ask these and other questions to create a plan just for you. Your adoption coordinator will make sure the hospital and adoptive family understand your plan and wishes.
If you are in Tallahassee, the hospitals with labor and delivery services are:
More Helpful Resources for Pregnant Women in Tallahassee
If you are homeless or in a domestic violence situation, finding safe housing needs to be a priority. Here are some local resources for women’s shelters in Tallahassee and the surrounding area:
If you are struggling with hunger and are pregnant or the mother of young children, the WIC program is an option. WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children and provides an EBT card to purchase healthy food such as eggs, cheese, whole grains, milk, fruit, and vegetables. They can also offer referrals to local services. Learn more by visiting their website:
If you are struggling with addiction, finding a treatment program is important. It can be dangerous to abruptly stop using drugs if you are pregnant, and a professional treatment center will be able to offer options if you are addicted to prescription drugs or opiates. A treatment center will also provide counseling along with medications (like methadone and suboxone) that can help you slowly wean off the opiates. Here are a few resources in Volusia County:
If you are in need of additional resources, your Lifetime coordinator will offer confidential help, no matter issue you may have. We can help with transportation, pregnancy verification, rent, maternity clothes, prenatal care, and more. Call or text today.
The Tallahassee Adoption Process
You can call or text Lifetime Adoption or fill out the contact form anytime to find out more about the adoption process. A Lifetime coordinator will contact you to answer all of your questions. She will explain how the open adoption process works and will ask about any needs or concerns you have.
Next, your adoption coordinator will share online adoptive family profiles she thinks would suit you and your child. Online, you can review adoptive family letters, information, and even video messages. This will help you get a sense of who they are. Click to view adoptive family profiles online.
Whether you want a family that lives in Florida one from a different state, the choice is yours. Your coordinator will guide you through the adoption journey.
If you are in need of resources during your pregnancy in Tallahassee, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you find what you need. This could be prenatal care, maternity clothes, and other personal needs, or other pregnancy-related expenses.
Ready to get more information? Give us a call or text today.
Other Paths to Adoption in Tallahassee
Kinship or relative adoption is a third choice. If there is a family member who is generally blood-related to the child and who is interested in adopting, they can petition to adopt your child. This can be a great solution, but consider all aspects of this choice. Your relative may be under the impression they are just stepping in for a period of time, or you may have to deal with some boundary issues.
You are the only one who can decide what is best for you and your baby.
Only you can decide which option is right for you and your baby.
Adoption in Tallahassee, FL
Are you considering adopting a baby in Tallahassee, Florida? The knowledgeable adoption coordinators at Lifetime Adoption will guide your adoption journey. Your adoption coordinator will answer every question you have and present the entire adoption process. Lifetime Adoption in Tallahassee focuses on domestic adoption. Is it time to start your adoption journey today?
The Lifetime Adoption coordinators are experienced and dedicated to creating a successful adoption story for the adopted child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents. If you are in Tallahassee and are interested in adopting a newborn or child up to the age of six, contact us at 727-493-0933 to ask any questions. Access a free online adoption application on our website as well as many other resources.
Lifetime will make sure you have all the resources, education, referrals, and support needed for a successful adoption journey.
Begin the Adoption Process
“So, you do we get started?” is probably the next question. Getting started is actually easy. Just fill out our online application. Filling out the application does not obligate you in any way, and applying is free.
Once you are pre-approved by Lifetime, a coordinator will contact you to answer all of your questions. The coordinator will explain the entire Tallahassee adoption process, and an adoption plan unique to you will be created.
Adoption Attorneys in Tallahassee
Home Study Services in Tallahassee
A home study includes financial and employment verification, a home visit, background checks, along mandatory education hours required by the state of Florida.
To complete your home study, you will need to gather your required documents such as:
- Health statements from your medical professional that attests to your mental and physical well-being
- Five written references from friends, co-workers, or others that know you and can indicate their belief in your readiness to be an adoptive parent.
- Financial statements. These will include pay stubs, tax returns, profit and loss statements, and any other supporting documents.
- Autobiographical letters that indicate why you are adopting and what your beliefs are regarding marriage, parenting, and any other hopes and dreams
- Background checks – anyone in the home who is over the age of 12 will need a local, state, and federal background check.
A home study social worker will visit your home and interview members of the household to gather information on your home environment. This is completed to verify that you have a safe place to raise a child and will be presented to the judge at finalization.
Another Florida requirement is education hours. You can access educations resources at Lifetime via articles, classes, podcasts, and webinars. The state requirement in Florida is twelve hours of education.
Finalization of Adoption at Court in Tallahassee
Your adoption will be finalized in the courts as your last step to complete the adoption.
According to Tallahassee, Florida mandates, this will happen no less than 90 days from taking custody of the baby. You will have a home visit within one week of the placement and will then meet with your social worker once a month until three visits are completed.
Your adoption attorney will file the legal paperwork with the courthouse. A hearing date will be set in Tallahassee at the Leon County Circuit Court. The judge will review all of your home study and all adoption documentation. Once satisfied, the final decree of adoption will be issued. Time to celebrate!
Other Paths to Adoption
Tallahassee International Adoption Agencies
International adoption is another way to adopt. There are sometimes stories on the news about orphans in other countries struggling, and some feel the call to adopt these orphans. It is imperative to work with an adoption agency that has solid experience in international adoption. Each country has its own unique laws and requirements that must be followed. The country’s current political and social climate can have an effect on the adoption process.
The nations in Africa, China, and Eastern European countries tend to be the most popular countries for international adoption. Popular agencies that specialize in international adoption are:
Foster Care Adoption
Foster Care Adoption in Tallahassee
In addition to domestic and international adoption, foster to adopt is another way to adopt. With foster adoption, you will go through the Florida Department of Children and Families and complete the necessary steps to qualify as a foster family:
- Attend a mandatory foster parent orientation.
- Complete the foster parent education required by the state. Have a fingerprint-based background check.
- Complete your mandatory home study to prove you are able to foster a child.
AdoptUSKids is an additional way to adopt through the foster care system. There are waiting children from Florida and other states. Adoptive families must have a completed their home study and all other requirements the state mandates completely.
You will find foster care adoption usually involves children with special needs and older children. The cost of adoption can be lower, and the time needed to adopt can be shorter than domestic adoption or international adoption.
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