Do You Get Paid for Putting a Child Up for Adoption in California?

And How Much Does it Cost to Put a Baby Up for Adoption in California?

Does a mother of a baby get paid for adoption? It’s a question we hear frequently, but the answer isn’t as simple as you might expect. When giving a baby up for adoption, money may be involved. However, you should know that no one should ever give you money or anything of value to influence your adoption decision.

However, if you do make this decision independently, there may be financial support when giving baby up for adoption. Every state has different laws when it comes to adoption financial assistance for birth parents, but California women considering adoption may be eligible for:

  • Attorney’s fees
  • Medical expenses
  • Counseling fees
  • Living expenses, such as rent, utilities, transportation, maternity clothing, etc.

The state of California requires that all birth parent requests for any of these fees be in writing, and adoptive parents must be provided with receipts for any money transferred. When the adoptive parents have their finalization hearing, all financial records will be provided to the court. How much financial assistance a woman receives when placing a baby for adoption will be determined on a case-by-case basis; for example, a woman who is living with her parents will most likely have less in the way of living expenses than a single mother who is solely responsible for supporting other children.

While it is legal to receive these court-approved payments, it’s important to understand that it is illegal to accept any money in exchange for the placement of a child. It’s also illegal to accept financial assistance for adoption in California without actually intending to place a child for adoption.

Another question we hear frequently is, “Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption?” The answer to this question is no, absolutely not. Putting a baby up for adoption is free for pregnant women. All of your legal, medical, counseling and other adoption services will be provided at absolutely no cost to you.

When a woman works with American Adoptions, she’ll be assigned an Adoption Specialist who will help to determine what exactly she requires in the way of adoption financial assistance and then help to make sure she receives it.

If you’re a woman seeking financial assistance for putting a baby up for adoption, you’re not alone. California allows adoptive parents to pay for a woman’s adoption-related expenses because the state understands how difficult pregnancy can be. Whatever reason you have for considering adoption for your baby, it’s a hard decision. It can be emotionally taxing, and the last thing you need is for your unplanned pregnancy to be a financial burden as well.

If you have additional questions about adoption financial assistance or whether it’s free to put a child up for adoption in California, call 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information here





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