Oftentimes, when a Michigan woman considers placing her child for adoption, money is a concern. Maybe she isn’t at a place where she feels financially comfortable enough to raise a child, or maybe she just doesn’t know about the possibilities of adoption financial assistance. Whatever the reason you’ve come to this article, you’re not alone. We frequently receive questions like the following:
Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption?
Are there adoption agencies that pay you in Michigan?
What is adoption compensation for birth mothers?
Do mothers get paid for adoption in MI?
These are all completely reasonable questions. Some are easily answered, others less so. Let’s start by addressing the first one:
No. It is free to put a baby up for adoption in Michigan. Pregnancy can be both a physical and an emotional challenge; it should not be a financial burden as well. The state of Michigan understands that placing your baby for adoption is hard enough; it shouldn’t break the bank in the process. Placing your baby for adoption, whether with American Adoptions or another adoption professional, should be completely free to you.
The idea of payment for birth mothers is something of a misnomer. You don’t get paid for adoption in Michigan or anywhere else in the United States. No one should ever offer money or anything else of value in exchange for you placing your baby for adoption. You don’t get money to give baby up for adoption. However, that’s not to say you aren’t eligible for financial assistance for adoption. Financial help for birth mothers giving baby up for adoption is absolutely available to you in Michigan. See the next section to learn more.
While you should not profit by placing your baby for adoption, you are absolutely eligible for adoption financial assistance. In Michigan, the adoptive family you match with can cover pregnancy-related expenses such as:
Medical or pharmaceutical expenses for the birth mother
Medical or pharmaceutical expenses for the child related to either his or her birth or an illness
Counseling for the birth parents
Living expenses through pregnancy up until six weeks after the baby is born. These may include things like food, rent, utilities or maternity clothing.
Any traveling expenses necessary for adoption
As we said above, no — no one should ever pursue adoption for compensation or profit. You do not get paid to do adoption in MI, but adoptive families can help you with the costs of your pregnancy as long as it’s done ethically and legally. Your American Adoptions adoption specialist will help you to determine exactly what you might be eligible for in terms of adoption financial assistance, as every woman has different living situations and expenses.
For more information about what kind of Michigan financial assistance for adoption you might be eligible for, contact American Adoptions any time at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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