Does adoption compensation for birth mothers exist? Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption in Louisiana? Do mothers get paid for adoption? Are there adoption agencies that pay you in Louisiana?
As you can imagine, we get questions like this quite a bit as an adoption agency. It’s completely understandable. Money and finances can weigh heavy on a woman’s mind when she’s facing an unplanned pregnancy. Maybe she isn’t sure that she can afford to raise a child, or maybe she’s just wondering if it’s possible to receive financial assistance for adoption in Louisiana. Whatever your reason may be for researching financial options related to adoption, it’s certainly a reasonable subject to be curious about.
Some questions we receive are easily answered, while others are less so. In an effort to address the concerns you may have at this point regarding adoption financial assistance in Louisiana, we’ve answered some of our most commonly asked questions below.
No. In no circumstance will it ever cost a pregnant woman a penny to make a sacrifice like this for her child. It is free to put a baby up for adoption in Louisiana — or anywhere else in the United States. The state understands the demands of pregnancy — both physical and emotional. Adoption is going to be enough of a challenge already; it shouldn’t also empty your bank account. No matter which adoption professional you choose to work with in Louisiana, making the choice to place your baby for adoption will always be completely free to you.
It is illegal to accept money or anything of value that is offered to you in exchange for your decision to place your child for adoption. However, it is important to know that you may be eligible for adoption financial assistance in Louisiana. Louisiana’s laws do allow an adoptive family to cover birth parent expenses, like:
Reasonable medical expenses, like hospitals, testing, nursing, pharmaceutical, travel and similar expenses related to prenatal care and medical expenses for both the birth mother and child
Reasonable expenses for mental health counseling for both the birth parent and child for a reasonable time before or after the child’s placement
Reasonable living expenses incurred by a birth mother during her pregnancy and up to 45 days after the child’s birth
Reasonable attorney fees, court costs and any expenses related to court costs for a birth parent who places a child for adoption
Some people believe that payment for birth mothers can be obtained through adoption, but that’s actually not the case. You do not get paid for adoption in Louisiana, or in any other state. It is illegal for anyone to offer you money or anything of value in exchange for your decision to place your child for adoption, just as it is illegal for you to accept it. You do not get money to give baby up for adoption in Louisiana. This doesn’t mean, however, that you aren’t eligible for financial assistance for adoption. As we stayed above, financial help for birth mothers giving baby up for adoption in Louisiana is available to pregnant women based on need.
Again, no. It is illegal to accept money or anything of value in exchange for placing your baby for adoption. In other words, adoption for compensation in Louisiana (or anywhere else) is illegal. You can receive help with the costs of your pregnancy, though, should you need it — as long as this is completed both ethically and legally. Your American Adoptions adoption specialist will work with you to determine what you may be eligible for in terms of adoption financial assistance.
To learn more about Louisiana financial assistance for adoption, please call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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