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Birth Parents

You are not alone. Women of all racial backgrounds, economic status, ages and religions place children for adoption.

We admire and respect your decision to choose a better life for your child through adoption. This is one of the most unselfish and courageous choices you can make. At Ellen M. Kaplan, Attorney at Law, we are here to help you to make a loving adoption plan that is perfectly and uniquely best suited for you and your baby. We create a plan with you, for you, for your specific needs.

 

Ellen will take time to compassionately discuss with you, your fears, concerns, wishes and answer any questions regarding your adoption plan to meet your specific needs and what you
are looking for. We will support you from beginning to end. This is your adoption plan, so you are the captain, you guide this plan. For things such as you choosing your baby’s adoptive parents, you deciding when and where to meet the adoptive parents, you deciding how things will be and who will be at the hospital, you deciding if you’d like an open adoption, semi-open adoption, or closed adoption and we will tell you how each choice can be beneficial to you and your baby now and throughout your child’s life….these are some the important choices that you, the leader of your plan will create, as we at Ellen M. Kaplan, Attorney at Law follow your lead and help you along the way.

Community Resources

Ellen M. Kaplan, Attorney at Law, will support ou with navigating the various systems in the community and finding the best resources suited for your needs. Some examples of these services include, applying for services such as Medicaid, WIC, and food stamps. We will also help you to connect with other resources, as needed, such as food banks and clothing banks, housing, childcare (if you have other children), to name a few.

 

Financial Support

While your adoption plan is most important for you, your safety, stability and mental and physical health during your pregnancy is most important for us. Therefore, we are here to support you and help you with those needs. We will work with you to create a financial plan that will provide you with the financial support to cover the costs of your living expenses throughout your pregnancy and for six weeks after the birth of your baby. Some of the expenses which Florida law allows us to help you with include rent, phone, utility bills, transportation assistance, and maternity clothing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do women choose adoption?

The reasons why a woman may choose adoption for her baby varies. You may not be able to financially support your baby or you may feel that you cannot emotionally take care of a baby at this time. Some women also realize their situations are unfavorable or unsafe for a child to be raised in. Any reason you may have for considering adoption is valid. We know that this is a difficult and courageous choice and you are doing what you believe is best for you and your baby.

Can I choose a family for my baby?

Yes. You may choose the family you want to adopt your baby. The Law Offices of Ellen M. Kaplan P.A. has many profiles on hand of families from all ethnic and racial backgrounds. We also have same sex couples, and single parents who are interested in adopting. The families have all been screened and have approved home studies.

How are adoptive families screened?

The best interests of you and your child are always paramount at The Law Offices of Ellen M. Kaplan, P.A. All adoptive families must complete a home study by a licensed clinical social worker or agency. This means they must go through a thorough background check, which includes criminal and child abuse background checks as well as evaluations as to their financial, medical and emotional stability.

Will I be able to see my baby in the hospital?

Yes. We will work with you to make a well thought-out hospital plan unique to your needs and wants. You will have the opportunity to decide ahead of time about the amount of contact you would like with your baby. You get to choose who will be in the delivery room, the baby’s name on the original birth certificate, how much time you would like to spend with your baby, and how much time the adoptive parents will spend with you and/or the baby.

What happens at the hospital and at the time of consent signing?

Florida State law requires that you wait at least 48 hours after the baby is born to sign consents. Typically, consents are signed in the hospital and the baby is then released to the Adoptive Parents from the hospital. Following your execution of final consents for adoption, we will be there to help you with post placement counseling. You are in charge of your hospital plan and experience.

After I sign consents, can I change my mind?

If the child to be adopted is less than six (6) months of age, your consent is irrevocable and cannot be withdrawn unless you can prove fraud or duress.

Are there any costs to me?

There are no costs to you if you place the baby for adoption. Florida law allows for adoptive parents to pay for legal fees, medical bills not covered by insurance, consulting and counseling fees, maternity clothing, rent, utilities and any other reasonable pregnancy-related expenses allowed under Florida law. Should you change your mind during your pregnancy or before you execute a final consent for adoption, you would be responsible for paying back the adoptive parents for the funds they paid on behalf of your adoption plan.

What does open adoption mean?

An open adoption means that you get to choose the adoptive parents, and you can have some degree of contact with them. Many of our placements are open adoptions. This means that the birth parents and adoptive parents decided to exchange names, addresses, email address and phone numbers. Many adoptive parents even create their own Facebook page just to share pictures, milestones, and special occasions and events with you. This is left entirely up to you and the adoptive parents. In almost all adoption plans, the adoptive parents provide pictures and letters and exchange phone calls with birth parents more often than we ask. In adoptions that are not open adoptions, we play the role of the “middle man” to arrange the exchange of pictures and letters which you will receive at 3 months, 6 months, one year old and each year thereafter. The most important thing to remember is that an open adoption is based on trust and respect between what you and the adoptive parents decide together.

Contact

Broward: 954-341-1309 Toll Free: 877-341-1309 Fax: 954-510-2292 Confidential Text: 954-270-2787