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Gulf Coast Adoption’s blog page is dedicated to spreading awareness and informing visitors about all things adoption-related so you can more easily navigate this process.

September 3, 2021
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What to Know About the Adoption Tax Credit

The adoption tax credit applies to all adoptions, including private adoption and special needs adoption, with the exception of a stepparent adoption. Qualified Expenses The adoption […]
March 4, 2021
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Stepparent Adoption vs. Second-Parent Adoption

The key difference is marriage. If you are married and want to adopt your spouse’s child, you are seeking a stepparent adoption. If you are not […]
August 27, 2020
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The Difference Between Foster Care and Adoption

Not all children are provided the love, care, and support they deserve.  Some individuals’ life choices or circumstances simply make it impossible for them to properly […]
May 27, 2020
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What is an Adoption Home Study?

When you are adopting a child, you must begin with a home study. An adoption home study is an overview of your life. It consists of […]
April 3, 2020
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Private Adoption and COVID-19

In only a few short weeks, the COVID-19 virus has changed the way Americans live. Commerce has ceased in most cities, people have stopped socializing, celebrating, […]
March 9, 2020
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What to Do If Someone Wants You to Adopt Their Child

Expectant Mothers – Considering Adoption for My Baby Not everyone who becomes pregnant is ready to raise a child. Unplanned pregnancies can happen.  They are not […]
February 7, 2020
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Can I Place My Child for Adoption If I’m Going to Jail or Prison?

Being pregnant in prison is a difficult situation to be in. However, you are not without rights and options. The actions or incidents that led to […]
January 31, 2020
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Difference Between an Expectant Mother and a Birth Mother

An unexpected pregnancy can be a surprising and shocking development in your life. Deciding what to do about the pregnancy can be stressful. If your life […]
January 24, 2020
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I’m Pregnant and Thinking About Adoption for My Baby

An unexpected pregnancy can bring with it many mixed feelings. You may have feelings of joy and sadness, delight and fear, love and sorrow. If your […]
January 17, 2020
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Adopting a Family Member vs. Private Adoption

Relative Adoption When many people hear the word “adoption”, they think of the common scenario of a couple adopting a child not related to them by […]
September 9, 2019

Teen Pregnancy

While the number of teen pregnancies has decreased in the past few years, there are still young ladies who find themselves in this position. This can […]
August 9, 2019

Communication Tips in an Open Adoption

Historically, adoptions were secret arrangements that were filled with confidentiality. The birth parents and adoptive parents didn’t know each other. The child was left with many […]
May 10, 2019
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A Guide to Unplanned Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy may bring many uncertainties. It can be a scary experience for some women. If you are in this position, there are many things […]
April 26, 2019

Types of Adoption

When starting the adoption process, you have options. You can adopt a child from the U.S. foster care system, adopt an infant or child in the U.S., […]
February 28, 2019

Lost Contact with Birth Parents

If you’ve lost contact with the birth parents, the adoptive family or the adopted child, there are ways to find them.  The State of Florida maintains […]
December 7, 2018

7 Holiday Tips from Gulf Coast Adoptions

The joy of bringing a new child home in time for the holidays is a marvelous feeling for adoptive parents. Gulf Coast Adoptions knows that this […]
November 2, 2018

13 Tips for Adoptive Parents During the Year of Firsts

Bringing a new baby home is an exciting experience, but you need to ensure that you’re prepared for the first year with a new child at […]
October 5, 2018

Important Questions to Ask When Deciding If Adopting a Baby Is Right for You

Making the decision to adopt a baby is a big decision. You and your family members should ensure that you’re prepared for what is to come, […]
September 7, 2018

Pregnant Teens Should Carefully Consider Their Options

Finding out that you’re pregnant before you have things ready for a child can be frightening. For some women or teens, including those who are in […]
August 10, 2018

Tips to Prepare for Baby’s Birth

Preparing for a baby’s birth is a big undertaking. When the baby is going to be adopted, there are two families that must prepare. The birth […]
June 11, 2018

Birth Parents: Points to Remember During the Adoption Process

Many people in society think placing a child for adoption is an easy choice for the birth parents. These individuals don’t realize the amount of thought […]
May 4, 2018

4 Tips for Adoptive Parents

The decision adopt is life changing – for you and for the adoptive child.  The process isn’t always easy, and there may be stressful times until […]
April 23, 2018
How Can I Give My Baby Up for Adoption?

How Can I Give My Baby Up for Adoption?

Finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant comes with a variety of emotions, and you may find yourself wondering what’s best for you and your baby. If you’re considering […]
October 10, 2017
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How Many Types of Adoption Do You Think There Are?

Did you know there is more than one type of adoption? There are three types and they are commonly referred to as open, semi-open or closed. […]
September 5, 2017
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Pensacola, Florida Based Gulf Coast Adoptions Announces the Grand Opening of Its Adoption Law Firm Serving Florida and Alabama

Attorney Clay Whittaker and his wife, Lead Adoption Coordinator Cheryl Whittaker, founded Gulf Coast Adoptions to create new families. Inspired by the adoption of their newborn […]
August 27, 2017
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Adoptive Parents – The 2017 Federal Adoption Tax Credit

There is great news for prospective adoptive parents. The federal adoption tax credit that had expired on December 31, 2012, was reenacted in the beginning of […]