Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in St. Petersburg

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in St. Petersburg, Florida

We prepared this page to provide information for those who are considering adoption and live in or near St. Petersburg, Florida or in the Pinellas County region. If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have collected information about Crisis Pregnancy Resource Centers to help you confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get affordable prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with a Labor and Delivery department.

If you are in the Pinellas County region of Florida and are thinking about adopting a baby, we also have information on this page about home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for hopeful adoptive parents or expectant mothers and throughout the state of Florida may be found on our Florida State Page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in St. Petersburg, Florida

Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options. Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not prescribe contraceptives. Many are united with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Pinellas County region that are in or close to St. Petersburg are:

Foundations of Life
Planned Parenthood
The Next Stepp Center

Affordable Prenatal Care in St. Petersburg, Florida

Medical clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most areas of family planning, including prenatal care. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to St. Petersburg, Florida that provide affordable prenatal care for Pinellas County residents are:

Community Health Centers of Pinellas at Bayfront
Community Health Centers of Pinellas at Johnnie Ruth Clarke
Pinellas Health Department Pinellas Center

In addition, information about prenatal care through Medicaid that is available in Florida to women with limited financial resources may be found at Florida Medicaid.

Hospitals in St. Petersburg, Florida

Developing a hospital plan to specify what your wishes are during the time of delivery, is something that we recommend you prepare and provide to the hospital in advance of the baby’s birth. The hospitals with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the St. Petersburg, Florida region are:

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Petersburg General Hospital

Completing the Home Study in St. Petersburg, Florida

One of the key aspects of every adoption process is the home study assessment. The purpose of a home study is to confirm the capability and stability of prospective Adoptive Parents to have a child placed into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process usually includes providing documents to confirm information as well as furnishing family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in St. Petersburg, Florida or the Pinellas County region:

Advocates for Children and Families
The well-being of children is our priority, and our mission is to provide assistance to people creating new family relationships through adoption.

Connecting Hearts Adoption Services
Connecting Hearts has been helping people become parents through adoption in Florida since 2008.

Destiny Adoption Services
It’s our privilege to support and guide birth parents and adoptive families on the journey of adoption. We’re a state licensed nonprofit adoption agency with four decades of adoption experience.

Heart of Adoptions
We provide professional home studies for families residing in Florida. Adoptive families enjoy the advantages of using our agency for their home study needs: typically transferable, speed of service, and affordable pricing.

Hope for Families
For 17 years, Hope for Families Adoption Services has been a state licensed child placing adoption agency and is one of the largest home study providers in all of Florida.

Become a Foster Parent in St. Petersburg, Florida

Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in the Pinellas County or the surrounding region may do so by reviewing our Florida adoption information page as well as the site for Florida Department of Social Services or Eckerd Connects, which is the designated Community Care Based Lead Agency in Pinellas County.

Court Information

To complete the adoption process through court action, once all legal requirements are satisfied, a finalization hearing may be scheduled. If you would like to learn about the adoption laws in Florida, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. Information about the adoption process in St. Petersburg and the Pinellas County region may be obtained by contacting the Family Law Clerk’s Office for the Pinellas County Circuit Court.

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