Adoption Miami, FL

Miami Adoption, Home Studies and More

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Adoption Services for
Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

 

If you have an interest in adoption and live in Miami, Lifetime Adoption is the adoption agency for you. We are there for birth parents, to make sure all their needs are met and also work with adoptive parents to help them fulfill their dream of adopting. A caring adoption coordinator will always be available to answer your questions and explain the adoption process.

For over three decades, connecting birth mothers and loving adoptive families has been a passion at Lifetime Adoption. Focusing on open, domestic adoption, Lifetime is ready to help you with your adoption journey.

Help for Pregnant Women in Miami

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Life can be complicated, and facing an unplanned pregnancy doesn’t make it any easier. You may feel lost and unsure what to do. Now is the time to look at all your options and decide what is best for you and for your baby.

Adoption is one of your choices, and Lifetime Adoption is the Miami adoption center to call or text 1-800-923-6784 if you want more information on adoption. Deciding what to do when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be tough. Researching all of your options and perhaps talking with a counselor will give you some control over the situation. In Miami, many women have turned to Lifetime to find out more about the adoption process.

There are many reasons a woman may not feel emotionally or financially ready to parent a child. You want your child to grow up in a healthy, safe, loving home, and sometimes that means finding adoptive parents who are at a point in their lives where they are ready and eager to bring a child into their family. Open adoption may be an option you have not thought of or may not know about. In an open adoption, you choose the adoptive family you believe is the right for you and your baby. You can decide what kind of contact you would like after the adoption is final. This can range from no contact to receiving pictures, updates, videos, and even visits. You also get to decide what your hospital stay will involve when it is time to deliver your baby.

One hardship some women have when pregnant is dealing with the added expenses that a pregnancy brings on. If money is already tight, coming up with those funds can be tough. If you have decided adoption is the right choice for you, call an adoption coordinator at Lifetime, who will arrange help with clothes, food, rent, transportation to medical appointments, phone, and more. Your coordinator is there to help!

Being a parent to a toddler, siblings, or a special needs child in Miami can be tough if you are experiencing some troubles. Whether it is financial, emotional, incarceration, domestic violence, or any other reason that parenting is not an option at this time, consider open adoption by contacting a Miami adoption agency. We have placed many special needs children and older children in loving homes. We have also placed siblings with families who are so excited to grow their family. A professional counselor will work with all involved to create an adoption plan that suits everyone, focusing on what is best for the child or children. The choice of open adoption gives you the ability to choose the adoptive parents, and you can choose parents who are open to the contact you want with your child or children after the adoption is finalized.

That first call can be tough but don’t be afraid to call an adoption coordinator at Lifetime who can explain all of your options. During what can feel like a difficult time, our adoption coordinators will be caring, non-judgmental, and treat you with respect. They will be there for you to provide support and to answer all of your questions. Call or text about our Miami adoption services at 1-800-923-6784.

Adoption Agencies in Miami

When considering placing your baby for adoption, many different questions and concerns will probably pop into your head. This can happen at any time of the day or night. All you need to do is call or text Lifetime Adoption Agency. We are here to answer your question and support you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

At Lifetime Adoption, here is what you can count on:

  • Adoptive parents who have completed background checks and have a completed home study.
  • 24-hour access to adoption coordinators who provide help and support
  • Continued support and counseling after delivery if desired
  • Peer and Professional Counseling
  • Assistance with pregnancy-related expenses
  • Maternity clothes, toiletries, and other items you may be in need of during your pregnancy
  • And much more!

Adoption Counseling in Miami

The adoption choice is an emotional, brave, difficult decision to make. It is one that needs to be thought through completely. You may speak with friends and family to get their opinion about what to do about an unplanned pregnancy, and they often have strong feelings. It may also be helpful to speak with a counselor or someone who is not personally involved. Someone who will listen to you calmly and without judgment. Through Lifetime Adoption in Miami, peer and professional counselors are available to listen and help you work through your choices. Your adoption coordinator is available to talk with you or to set up some sessions with a counselor up for you.

Peer counseling is one of our most popular resources among Lifetime birth mothers. Speaking with someone who has placed their child for adoption and can share their experience can be very helpful. She can tell you how she told her mom or the birth father and how she chose a family for her baby. These are great topics to discuss, and you will probably have a lot more questions. While her story may be somewhat different from yours, she will understand how you feel, be a shoulder to cry on, and understand your concerns. Peer counselors at Lifetime Adoption are happy to share their adoption journeys with you.

Maternity Hospitals in Miami

One birth mother, who worked at the Bayside Market Place, was very uneasy and anxious about how close it was getting to her delivery date. She spoke with her adoption coordinator, who helped her create a hospital plan. This helped her feel like she was more in control. She felt better knowing everyone was on the same page and understood how she wanted that day to go. Your adoption coordinator will also work with you to come up with the plan that fits your wants and needs. She will ask you for your opinions and will ask questions about things that you may not have thought of, like:

  • Who would you like to be at the hospital when you are admitted, and who would you like to stay, such as the adoptive parents?
  • Would you like friends, family, birth father, or adoptive parents in the room when you give birth?
  • Who would you like to hold your baby or feed your baby first?
  • If you want to hold your baby, do you want to be alone, or do you want anyone else in the room with you?
  • When leaving the hospital, do you want to go before or after the adoptive family leaves with the baby?

You will get answers to all your questions and concerns from your adoption coordinator, who will create a plan for you. She will then share your plan with the adoptive parents and hospital, so everyone knows their role and what is expected of them.

In Miami, the hospitals with labor and delivery services are:

Jackson Memorial Hospital

Jackson South Medical Center

North Shore Medical Center

Whether you give birth in a hospital in Miami, a hospital out of the area, or even at home, our adoption coordinators will be there for you. Lifetime coordinators have dealt with all many different situations, and they are prepared to support you, however, your delivery goes.

The Miami Adoption Process

So, how do you get the adoption process started? It’s easy. Just call or text an adoption coordinator at Lifetime Adoption or fill out the contact form online. A coordinator will get a hold of you. She will explain the steps and answer any questions you have about child adoption in Miami, FL. You will always find a caring, non-judgmental source of information and support on the other end of the line.

Your coordinator will guide you through the process of reviewing adoptive parents’ profiles and will suggest families she believes would be a good match. You will learn about their hopes and dreams of growing their families. You will view the personal letters they have written, and you can view the video messages many have provided. Click here to view adoptive family profiles online. You will find the perfect family for you and your baby.

Because we help adoptive families from across the nation, you can pick a family from Florida or from any other state that appeals to you.

Lifetime Adoption will also help you connect with resources you may need in Miami through programs, such as the Florida Department of Health, Miami Dade County WIC Program, which gives you access to prenatal care and other help. If you need a Miami doctor for your prenatal care and perhaps a way to get there, your Lifetime coordinator will make it happen.

Would you like to get started now? Give us a call or text today.

Other Paths to Adoption in Miami

Another option you may consider is foster care. Life is hard sometimes and it may be that parenting is not the right choice for you or for your child at this time. If your baby is born with some substance exposure, this can result in The Department of Children and Families Southern Region Circuit 11 placing them in foster care. Unfortunately, when this happens, you will not be able to decide who your baby is placed with or where they are being placed. You do have a choice before this happens to create an adoption plan. Then you do get to make these decisions, and you may even be able to have contact after the adoption with open adoption.

One more option is relative or kinship adoption. If there is a family member who, in general, is blood-related to the child, they may be able to apply to adopt. This can be a good solution. It is important to really talk with your relative about how this type of adoption looks for everyone involved. Kinship adoption can come with many challenges. What parenting looks like when day-to-day reality sets in can be surprising. It can be emotionally and financially harder than they thought it would be. Sometimes a relative thinks of it as just helping out for a time, and there may be some issues with interactions and boundaries.

Really think carefully about which kind of adoption suits you and your child. Your Lifetime adoption coordinator will be happy to explain all the pros and cons of these different types of options.

Adopting in Miami, FL

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Do you envision someday strolling through the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science with your little one holding your hand? Miami is full of fun adventures to share with your child. Do you dream of adopting in Miami, FL? Are you considering adoption? This is an exciting and life-changing decision. At Lifetime Adoption, the adoption coordinators are ready to help you fulfill your adoption dreams. Give them a call, and you will receive many facts about adoption that you may not know and get all the answers to your questions. As an adoption center in Miami, Lifetime Adoption specializes in open domestic adoption, and we are here to help you navigate the adoption process!

Adoption Services in Miami, FL

If you want to adopt a baby in Miami, FL, or a child, up to the age of six, contact us at 727-493-0933 to get information and ask any questions. Lifetime Adoption is committed to creating a happy adoption story for you. Our adoption coordinators are dedicated to making everyone involved in the adoption happy. You can access our free online adoption application on our website. When you visit, you will also find lots of other resources such as education, referrals, resources, and the support you will need for a successful adoption journey.

Begin the Adoption Process

“How do start the adoption process?” is probably what is on your mind now. You have taken in a lot of information. The good news is that it is simple! All you need to do is fill out our online application at Lifetime Adoption. You will be happy to know there is no fee, and it does not obligate you in any way.

Lifetime will review your information, and when you are pre-approved, an adoption coordinator will contact you. The Miami adoption process will be thoroughly explained by your coordinator, who will create a plan for your adoption that fits your needs.

Lifetime Adoption is one of the top adoption agencies in Miami, FL. Birth parents and adoptive parents and will find plenty of support and resources from our experienced adoption coordinators. Contact us today! We look forward to working with you on your adoption journey.

Adoption Attorneys in Miami

To complete your adoption, you will need a Miami adoption attorney. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator in Miami will refer you to a local adoption attorney. The Florida adoption laws are complex, and it is vital that all paperwork be completed legally and must be filed with the courthouse.

Home Study Services in Miami

Whether you choose foster adoption or domestic, you will need to complete a home study. Lifetime Adoption in Miami offers home study services. It does not matter if you are contracted with Lifetime Adoption or another agency. We can still provide home study services. You may have even found a birth parent on your own or are working with an attorney. Lifetime Adoption is still here to provide cost-effective home study services. You can get started by filling out our free application for home study services for prospective adoptive families living in Florida.

Part of your home study will include background checks, employment, and financial verification, along with a home visit. In addition, you will need to meet the mandatory education hours. Lifetime Adoption will give you access to those resources. We encourage you to get your home study done right away. Then you will be on the road to fulfilling your adoption dreams. Your Lifetime adoption coordinator will guide you through the entire adoption process.

So, how do you go about completing your home study? Your first step will be to round up all required documents. While this is not anyone’s favorite task, but it is very important. In Miami, Florida, you will need to gather the following documents together:

  • Financial Statements such as tax returns, marriage certificates, paystubs , or profit and loss statements.
  • Five written references from people that know you well and can verify your fitness to be an adoptive parent. This can be personal co-workers, friends, or maybe fellow church members.
  • Health statements from your physician or other medical professional that attest to your physical and mental well-being.
  • Background checks – if you live in the home and are over the age of 12, you will need a local, state, and federal background check. This must include checks for neglect and abuse in your history.
  • Autobiographical letters explain why you have decided to adopt, what your views are regarding parenting and marriage, and any other facts you would like to share.

Part of your home study will involve a home visit from your social worker. Every adult in the home will be interviewed, and the social worker will observe your home environment as well. The home visit is conducted to make sure you have a safe and suitable home to raise a child in. You will also share your feelings and views on marriage, family, and parenting with your social worker.

To complete your adoption in the state of Florida Education, 12 education hours are required. Lifetime Adoption offers access to articles, podcasts, classes, and webinars.

Finalization of Adoption at Court

Once you have completed your home study, you have matched with a birth mother, and your baby has arrived, you are close to the final step. The last step in your adoption journey is the finalization.

Finalizing your adoption will require no less than 90 days from when you take custody of the baby, according to Florida mandates. You will have a home visit with your home study social worker within one week of the placement. You will then meet with your social worker once a month, either at home or another location until you have completed three visits.

Your adoption attorney will file all the paperwork with the courthouse, and a hearing date will be scheduled at the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Miami-Dade County at 73 West Flagler Street Miami, Florida 33130. In this hearing, a judge will examine your documents and review the home study. Once satisfied, a final decree of adoption will be issued. Now you can celebrate. Be ready to shed some happy tears. Your adoption is now final.

Other Paths to Adoption

Miami International Adoption Agencies

Have you seen heartbreaking pictures of children suffering in other countries? Some couples see this on the news and want to help. There are countries in turmoil and countries that a natural disaster has hit. These couples would like to help the children in need through adoption, so they may make the choice of international adoption. This is very kind-hearted, but it’s important to do your research and talk with an international adoption agency. Every country has its own particular laws and requirements that must be followed. A country may be in turmoil, so they put adoptions on hold, or they may have had a natural disaster that makes them unable to complete adoption requests. This is why doing research is so important.

Some of the most popular countries for international adoption are Eastern Europe, African nations, and China. Interview an agency that to be sure they work in the country of your choice and have had successful experiences in that country. Some of the agencies that specialize in international adoption are:

Adopt International

Celebrate Children International

Foster Care Adoption

Become a Miami foster family is another path to adoption. The Florida Department of Children and Families is available to provide all the information on the foster care adoption process and how to qualify as a foster parent. Some of the requirements are to:

  • Complete the mandatory foster parent education.
  • You must have a fingerprint-based, criminal background check to confirm no child abuse or neglect is in your history or anyone’s that lives in the home.
  • Attend a required foster parent orientation.
  • Have a complete home study with a social worker to certify your ability to foster a child in your home.

AdoptUSKids is a nationwide project that gives you access to foster kids across the nation. There are profiles of kids who are hoping to be adopted. This is an amazing resource for families who want to adopt from the foster care system. A home study must be completed along with any other requirements in the state to qualify. It is important to understand that foster care adoption usually involves older children and children with special needs. Foster adoption often takes less time and costs than newborn, domestic adoption, or international adoption.

 

 
 

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