Do Birth Mothers Really Get Paid for Adoption?

October 18, 2016
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As a woman considering adoption, you likely have many questions: Is adoption really right for me? Do I get to choose my baby’s adoptive parents? What else do I get to decide about my adoption experience?

Another question on the mind of many prospective birth mothers is, Do you get paid to give your baby up for adoption?

While adoption for compensation is not legal, you may be surprised to learn that you do have the option to “get paid” for adoption counseling, medical costs, and depending on your circumstances, certain other adoption and pregnancy-related expenses.

Here, learn more about allowable adoption expenses in Pennsylvania, as well as the services Bierly & Rabuck provide to ensure your adoption and pregnancy-related costs are covered.

Does a mother of a baby get paid for adoption?

The adoption process involves a number of important services and professionals, leading many women to wonder, “Does putting a baby up for adoption cost money?” These women are sometimes hesitant to consider adoption when faced with an unplanned pregnancy, concerned that they will not have the financial resources they need during the process.

While there are many important factors to consider when deciding whether to make an adoption plan, financial stress should never prevent a woman from pursuing adoption. Not only is the adoption process completely free for expectant mothers, but it is also possible to receive additional financial assistance in certain circumstances.

It is never legal for an expectant mother to receive payment in exchange for her consent to adoption. However, every state does have laws outlining the adoption expenses that can be paid for a birth mother by her baby’s adoptive parents.

These payments are meant to help relieve some of the financial burden of an unplanned pregnancy and the adoption process. This ensures that adoption is a widely available option to any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.

By making adoption free to expectant mothers, women can focus on what’s truly important: staying healthy and making positive decisions for themselves and their babies.

How do mothers get paid for adoption expenses in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, adoptive parents may pay all of a prospective birth mother’s medical and counseling expenses.

If you are making an adoption plan for your baby in Pennsylvania, Bierly & Rabuck can further explain these expenses and help ensure these costs are covered for you.

How can you get paid for adoption in other states?

Many women consider adoption in part because they feel they do not have the financial resources they need to care for a new child. Oftentimes, these prospective birth mothers could use financial assistance to ensure their basic needs are met during pregnancy.

In addition to medical and counseling expenses, many states allow the payment of certain reasonable living expenses during a prospective birth mother’s pregnancy. Depending on state laws, these allowable living expenses may include:

– Housing costs, such as rent or mortgage

– Utilities

– Groceries

– Transportation

– Maternity clothes

– And more

It is possible for a birth mother in Pennsylvania to receive help with these living expenses. If she chooses an adoptive family from another state that allows the payment of these expenses, she can proceed with her adoption plan under the law of that state. If she signs the consents of that state, she will be eligible to receive living expenses according to that state’s laws.

If you contact Bierly & Rabuck to make an adoption plan and need financial help to keep yourself and your baby safe and healthy during your pregnancy, we will explain your options for receiving financial assistance in your circumstances.

To learn more about the payment of adoption expenses in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States, contact Bierly & Rabuck for free and with no obligation.