Each day, we receive messages from women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Florida. These messages often contain hard questions about pregnancy, pregnancy options, and adoption, in general. The other day, we received this message from a woman who wasn’t quite sure what to do given her situation.
Message: “Hi. I just took a pregnancy test, and it came back positive. I took another test and got the same result. This was totally unplanned. I’m going to see a doctor this week, but idk what to do. I can barely hold down a job right now, let alone be a mom. I want to look into giving my baby up for adoption in Florida, but I’m worried about the pregnancy. I have no health insurance, and I just moved out of my last apartment. I have almost no money. I don’t know how I can go through with this pregnancy right now. Can you help me?”
This message really stuck with us. Not because it’s something we’ve never seen before, but because it’s so common. Many women come to us because they’re trying to find a way not to terminate their pregnancy. They want to give their baby life, but given their circumstances at the moment, that choice seems impossible. That’s why we do all we can to help the expectant mothers who come to us in a time of need.
In accordance with Florida law, The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White PLLC is able to help women who choose to make an adoption plan by providing them with the resources and assistance they need during and after their pregnancy.
If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in Florida, and have chosen to make an adoption plan, you may receive assistance with…
Medical Care. Our staff can help you apply for public assistance programs, medical insurance benefits, hospital support, etc. We can also help you obtain the prenatal care you need to ensure a healthy pregnancy. We will also help you transition from Pregnancy Medicaid to regular Medicaid after your pregnancy to ensure you have continuous medical coverage for your own health and well being.
Finances. Florida law allows adoptive parents to assist the expectant mother during her pregnancy and up to six weeks after pregnancy. These expenses are allowed if you are unemployed, under-employed or unemployable. These living expenses can include: telephone service, food, toiletries, necessary clothing, transportation, insurance and expenses necessary for the health and wellbeing of you and your child.
Housing. Safe housing is critical to a healthy pregnancy. Under Florida law, housing assistance, along with rent and utility payments, may be available to you if you choose to make an adoption plan.
Counseling. As an expectant birth parent, you have the right to receive free, supportive counseling. If you choose to take advantage of this, our team will connect you with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Birth Parent Counselor to support you during this time and after you have given birth.
Life Skills Teacher / Career Strategist. If you’d like, we’d be happy to connect you with a one-on-one mentor to guide you through your pregnancy. They will be available to you 24/7 to help you with anything you need, whether that’s housing, goal setting, life skills, higher education, job placement, etc.
If you are not sure how you’re going to get through an unplanned pregnancy in Florida, consider adoption as one of your pregnancy options. It’s a loving, selfless decision that could lead to a bright future for both you and your baby. If it seems like the right path for you, The Law Offices of Berkowitz & White PLLC would be happy to walk you through the adoption process and help you gain access to the assistance you need during this trying time
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