Birth Parents FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
The decision to place your baby for adoption is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We represent adoptive parents whose most cherished wish is to have a family of their own. Our job is not to influence a birth mother's decision, but to provider her with help, information and guidance during her pregnancy and after delivery.

Why do women make adoption plans for their children?
Because they love them. Birth mothers want more for their children than they can provide. They want to assure a bright future and a loving, happy home for their children.
Do the birth parents assist in the selection of the adoptive couple?
Yes. The birth parents' input in selecting the adoptive couple is extremely important. The final selection of an adoptive couple is based on the wishes of the birth parents.
• Does the birth mother have to pay legal fees or other expenses?
No. Prospective adoptive parents pay all fees and expenses associated with the adoption. The birth mother pays nothing.
• Can the birth mother receive help with her living expenses and transportation?
Yes. The prospective adoptive parents can pay the birth mother's reasonable living expenses while she is pregnant through six weeks after delivery. They can also provide for her transportation needs by contracting with local cab companies.
• Is counseling available during and after the pregnancy?
Yes. Prospective adoptive parents provide counseling for the birth mother during her pregnancy through six weeks after delivery.
• When does the birth mother sign the Consent for Adoption, is there a grace period for her to change her mind?
The Consent is signed approximately 24 hours after the birth of the baby. There is no grace period in the State of Florida during which a birth mother may change her mind after signing the Consent.
• Does the baby go to a foster home?
No. The baby goes directly from the hospital to the adoptive parent's home.
• Can a birth mother get pictures of the baby?
Yes. If the birth mother requests, the adoptive parents will provide updates by way of letter, photographs, or both. Arrangements are tailored to meet the comfort levels and needs of both the birth mother and adoptive parents.

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