A doula provides emotional support, preparation, and education for parents seeking to grow their families. Doula support therefore looks as unique as the families they are supporting! It is not uncommon for one family to experience multiple family planning needs, as time goes on individuals will consider their birth control needs as well as consider how to grow their family and when. If a family is considering utilizing adoption to as part of their family planning needs, a doula can provide:
Non-judgmental emotional support
Support with planning - may include birth & postpartum
Postpartum support and education
Adoption-specific education and preparation
Presence during appointments
Doula support is available for both the birth giver and the adoptive parents, although, most doulas do not provide support to both at one time.
In the state of Florida there are three primary types of adoption: private domestic adoption, foster care adoption, and international adoption. That means families can work with private agencies to arrange an adoption within the country or internationally, or they may work with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to adopt a foster child. In general, Florida state law does not require that prospective adoptive parents be married, single parent adoption in Florida is allowed so long as the parent meets the other requirements to adopt. Thanks to the Supreme Courts groundbreaking Obergefell decision, same-sex adoption is now protected by federal law in every state and therefore is also permitted in Florida.
The adoption process itself can be extensive. There may be costs involved in adoption which may or may not be reimbursable, each agency may have different requirements that they ask of birth mothers and/or adoptive parents, home studies and social investigations while necessary may feel intrusive, and the great emotional toll that comes with an adoption can all feel daunting. Yet those who are committed to making a difference in the life of a child can look forward to improving that child’s life and wellbeing, while simultaneously developing a beautiful life long relationship, seeking support during this process can make a world of difference before, during, and after the adoption process for everyone involved and especially for the child(ren) involved. Build your village.
If you feel adoption is for you and are seeking support I encourage you to first consider your why and then reach out to me! Additional resources are available for interested birth givers and adoptive families and I look forward to helping navigate the process. I also encourage you to visit the DCF Explore Adoption to learn more about your options in the state of Florida.
Sarah Foster is a Holistic Wellness Educator, Family Life Coach, and Full Spectrum Doula in Altamonte Spring, FL. At Sun Moon & Stars Holistic Health & Reproduction we provide whole person wellness education along with a full spectrum of support for all birthing outcomes. Any information shared on this site is for education purposes and should be used as a resource and not a source of medical advice. If you or someone you love is interested in support let's connect today!