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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Jacksonville, Florida
This page provides adoption information to those who live in Jacksonville, Florida or in the Duval County region. If you are considering putting your baby up for adoption, we have gathered information about Pregnancy Resource Centers/Crisis Pregnancy Centers to assist you to confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with birthing centers.
For those in Duval County, Florida who wish to adopt a baby, further below on this page you will find home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.
Additional resources for expectant mothers and prospective adoptive parents in other areas throughout the state of Florida may be found on our Florida adoption information page.
Pregnancy Resource Centers in Jacksonville and Duval County, 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. Many Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not distribute contraceptives. Most are affiliated with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. There are several Pregnancy Resource Centers serving Jacksonville Florida and Duval County:
Pregnancy Clinics in Jacksonville and Duval County, Florida
Pregnancy Clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most aspects of prenatal care and family planning. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. There are several providers of affordable prenatal care in the Duval area:
- Duval County Beaches Family Health Center
- Duval County Center for Women and Children
- Duval County Magnolia Women’s Health Center
- Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville
Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in Florida with limited financial resources is provided at Florida Health.
Hospitals Serving Jacksonville, Florida
Prospective adoptive parents and expectant mothers may wish to communicate with medical professionals about hospital plans or have other inquiries. The hospitals in Jacksonville and the surrounding region that offer birthing centers are:
- Ascension St. Vincent’s Family Birth Center Southside
- Ascension St. Vincent’s Riverside Hospital
- Baptist Health
- Memorial Hospital
- University of Florida Health
Completing the Home Study in Jacksonville and Duval County, Florida
The home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption process. The purpose of a home study is to assess the suitability and capability of prospective Adoptive Parents to receive a child into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process generally includes collection of information with questions about family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Check out the List of Expected Adoption Home Study Questions on our page. Here are some home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in the Jacksonville and the Duval County area:
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 Jacksonville, Florida
Those who wish to make a difference in the life of a child that is a dependent of the foster care system in Duval County or the surrounding region may do so by contacting the Florida adoption information page as well as the site for Florida Department of Social Services or one of the licensed agencies listed below:
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization through court action. If your adoption is to finalize in Jacksonville, Florida, information about the process may be obtained by contacting the Duval County Clerk of Courts.
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