Oftentimes, when a pregnant woman chooses adoption for her unborn baby, the cost of raising a child on her own is one of the factors that plays a role in her decision. However, being pregnant can be expensive, too — from doctors’ appointments to missed work to the final hospital stay. Therefore, worried about the upcoming pregnancy expenses, an expectant mother may wonder: “Do you get money for putting a baby up for adoption?”

While prospective birth mothers do not “get paid” for adoption in Arizona or any other state, they can receive financial assistance for adoption-related expenses under Arizona and other states’ laws. Many expectant mothers considering adoption get help paying for certain reasonable and necessary living expenses during their pregnancy. In addition, medical, counseling and legal services are covered for prospective birth mothers, so putting a baby up for adoption is free.

At MyersStrickland, we will meet with you to discuss your current financial situation and explain what expenses will and will not be covered by prospective adoptive parents if you choose to pursue adoption.

Like all of the services we provide you, this meeting will be of no cost to you and will not obligate you to choose adoption unless you’re sure it’s the right decision. You can call us today at 520-327-6041 to learn more about our adoption process and schedule a meeting with attorney Heather Strickland.

Why Adoption is Free for You

Many pregnant women who are considering their unplanned pregnancy options ask, “Can I get money for giving my baby up for adoption?”

The answer is no. Adoption compensation for birth mothers in Arizona and other states is illegal, and you should never work with an adoption professional who suggests that you are being paid in exchange for your adoption decision. However, depending on your individual situation, you may receive financial assistance for adoption- and pregnancy-related expenses. We know adoption can be a difficult choice to make, so you shouldn’t have to worry about how you’ll afford your pregnancy if you choose to place your child for adoption.

What exactly does financial assistance for adoption cover for prospective birth mothers? It can include:

  • Reasonable and necessary living expenses, such as:
    • Rent
    • Utilities
    • Transportation (for example, a bus pass)
    • Cell phone bill
    • Groceries
    • Maternity clothes
    • And more
  • Medical expenses
  • Counseling expenses
  • Legal representation fees

The amount of financial assistance you’ll receive will depend upon your individual situation and needs. For example, a teenager who is living at home with the support of her parents will likely not need as much financial assistance as a single mother who is currently raising other children in her own home. How far along you are in your pregnancy will also play a role in how much money you’ll receive for your living expenses. An adoption professional may also be able to refer prospective birth mothers to additional community resources, such as government programs or housing for mothers putting a child up for adoption, if they need additional help.

When you work with attorney Heather Strickland, she will discuss your financial situation in depth with you to determine what kind of financial assistance for adoption you might need. This will include an evaluation of your current standard of living, the standard of living necessary to preserve the health of you and your unborn child and whether you have any alternative financial resources available to you.

If you’re wondering, “Does it cost money to give a baby up for adoption?” know that adoption with our law firm will always be completely free to you. If you’re interested in adoption, attorney Heather Strickland will explain the process to you in detail, including whether you’re eligible to receive certain living and pregnancy-related expenses. To learn more about how adoption is free for you, please contact us at 520-327-6041.