Depending upon the state in which you live, as an expectant mother who has chosen to make an adoption plan for her child, you may be able to accept various forms of financial assistance . This assistance may help provide a safe place to live, medical assistance, or living expenses for you and your unborn child.
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Placing a child for adoption is a very emotional process. This is a time when you should be concentrating on taking care of yourself and your unborn child, and preparing for the life that lies ahead. It is not a time for stress and anxiety brought about by difficulties in covering expenses associated with your daily needs.
What You Should Know
There is no cost to you when placing your child for adoption. In fact, to provide relief from financial burdens, it is not unusual for financial assistance to be provided to parents who plan to place a child for adoption, if allowed under state law. In addition to paying all legal expenses, adopting parents may also provide additional relief, including reasonable living expenses (i.e.: rent, food, etc.), pregnancy and health expenses, counseling expenses, and adoptive service expenses. Parents placing a child for adoption may be asked to document their financial needs or provide receipts for specific expenses. Those expenses may be reviewed with the adopting parents in order to help determine which qualify for financial assistance. It is important to note, however, that it is not legal to receive money in exchange for a child.
While adoption laws vary with each state, many states allow adopting parents to assist with expenses that pertain to the pregnancy. These expenses are designed to supplement other income, and can help with items such as maternity clothing, medical bills, and transportation to/from doctor's visits, etc. It's important to feel very confident in your adoption decision before accepting living assistance.
Important Note: The laws that will apply to you and the specific financial assistance available to you depend upon the state in which your adoption plan is finalized, and your specific adoption situation. Please do not rely upon this information, and instead consult an adoption attorney to discus your specific situation.
For more information on financial assistance that may be available, contact a birthmother counselor who will gladly explain the adoption process and all of the options that are available to you. Your contact information is completely confidential and does not obligate you to adoption or Courageous Choice in any way.
Courageous Choice offers Birthmothers immediate assistance designed to help meet their life goals. Our supportive services may include: free services to birthmothers; financial resources; suitable housing; counseling; identifying an adoptive family; procuring medical care; finding ways to complete plans for education.