Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption in Connecticut? Do mothers get paid for adoption in CT? Does adoption compensation for birth mothers exist? Are there adoption agencies that pay you in Connecticut?
We get questions like this quite a bit at American Adoptions. It’s understandable. Many times when women find themselves facing an unexpected pregnancy, they are concerned about the financial side of having and raising a child. Whether a woman doesn’t know if she can afford to raise a baby or she’s just wondering about how choosing adoption affects those finances, it’s definitely a topic worth learning more about. It’s completely reasonable to think about how the financial side of adoption works.
Some of the questions we receive are simple black-and-white answers, while others deal more in shades of gray. Please know that each circumstance is different, but here’s what Connecticut laws have to say about each of the above questions.
No. In no circumstance will it ever cost a birth mother to place her child for adoption. It is free to put a baby up for adoption in Connecticut — or in any other part of the United States. Making this sacrifice for your child should not cost you a penny. The state government understands the physical and emotional challenges of a pregnancy, and the laws are such that it will always be completely free to choose adoption for your child.
No. It is free to put a baby up for adoption in Connecticut, but you should not expect to profit from doing so. It is illegal to pursue adoption for compensation in Connecticut or in any other state. It is illegal for adoptive families to offer compensation to you in exchange for the placement of your baby, and it is illegal for you to accept it. However, this doesn’t mean you aren’t eligible for adoption financial assistance in Connecticut. See below to learn about the kinds of expenses American Adoptions may be able to help you cover.
Again, no; you do not get paid for placing your child for adoption. However, depending on your living situation, you may be eligible for adoption financial assistance. In Connecticut, adoptive families can cover a birth mother’s expenses in the following areas:
Counseling for the birth mother within 72 hours after the child’s birth, or as soon as medically possible
Living expenses, such as rent and utilities
The idea that there are adoption agencies that pay you, or that there is payment for birth mothers at all, is a bit misleading. While there is financial help for birth mothers giving baby up for adoption, let us reiterate that you will not profit from giving your baby up for adoption. You will not get money to give your baby up for adoption in Connecticut or anywhere else in the U.S. As we noted above, though, you may be eligible for financial assistance for adoption to ensure that the costs associated with pregnancy and giving birth don’t put additional strain on what is already an emotional time for a woman considering adoption.
To learn more about Connecticut financial assistance for adoption and what you may qualify for, please don’t hesitate to contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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