While prospective birth mothers do not “get paid” for placing a child 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 placing a baby for adoption is free.
Adoption is Free to You
Compensation for an adoption consent 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.
Financial assistance for adoption for prospective birth mothers can include:
- Reasonable and necessary living expenses, such as:
- Transportation (for example, a bus pass)
- Cell phone bill
- Maternity clothes
- And more
- Medical expenses
- Counseling expenses
- Attorney’s fees for your independent representation
The amount of financial assistance you’ll receive will depend upon your individual situation and needs.
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.