“ON THE WINGS OF A PRAYER
I set you free on the wings of a prayer. To fly through life in his tender care, you're free from the nest and the ties that are bound, free from the pressures I carry around. If I kept you I'd only be cutting your wings, not offering the chance a true family brings. The decision I've made has my heart torn in two, but I know what I'm doing is the best thing for you. The sky is so vast, the mountains so high, take wing and remember: I love you. Goodbye."
--LISA BOTE-PHILLIPS, a birth mother
Deciding to place your baby for adoption takes a great deal of sacrifice and courage.
If you believe that placing your baby for adoption is what is best for you and the baby at this time, then we are committed to help you with this plan.
1) We can offer support and counseling.
2) We will take into account your desires in locating the right family for your child.
3) We will arrange for a meeting between you and your selected family, if you so desire. If desired and whenever possible, we encourage open-adoption (an adoption where both the birth mother and adoptive parents know each other).
4) Future correspondence between the birth mother and adoptive families (photos, letters, etc) can be arranged beforehand.
5) We will protect your privacy at every stage of the process.
6) Your adoptive plans will be treated with consideration and respect.
7) All legal matters (adoption forms and procedures) are carefully explained to you and all your questions are answered.
If you are pregnant, and would like to speak with us regarding an adoption plan, please contact my office at 386-738-1111.
Under Florida law, any family that wishes to adopt must receive a favorable recommendation from a licensed social worker. The licensed social worker completes a Home Study in order to qualify the family to adopt a child. Each Home Study is based on an exhaustive investigation of the proposed adoptive family, and a formal report is prepared that will later be submitted to the court where the adoption will be handled.
In order to complete a successful Home Study, a family must show that they are emotionally and financially prepared to take on the responsibility of parenting a child. They will also have to submit to criminal and child abuse clearances. They will need character references that will be checked and medical clearances indicating that they are physically and emotionally healthy. The home study provider will also have to visit their home to make sure that it is a suitable environment for a child. In addition, a post-placement Home Study must be completed and filed with the court after the child has been placed with the adoptive family before the adoption can become final.