As a woman considering adoption for your child, you may be wondering if you get “paid” for pursuing an adoption plan.
While you don’t necessarily get paid, you may be entitled to receive moneys to cover your pregnancy-related expenses. Known as “living expenses,” these funds are determined by your financial needs and the amount allowed by the state in which you live.
Every state has unique laws, but yes, in most states, adoptive parents are able to provide financial assistance during your pregnancy. Living expenses may include:
American Adoptions and the adoptive families we work with can cover your living expenses during your adoption plan. Both courts and adoptive families understand that you may need help with money during the adoption and that it may be difficult for you to work, live in your current environment or care for your family while you are pregnant, especially if your family, friends or community are not supportive of your pregnancy or adoption decision.
Your Adoption Specialist will speak with you to learn more about your possible financial needs.
Financial assistance for adoption varies by living situation, stage of pregnancy and state or county you live in. For example, if a woman is still in high school and living with her parents, she might not need as much support for living expenses as a woman who is in her 20s or 30s, lives on her own and supports herself and her children. We understand that your living situation and needs may change throughout your pregnancy as well. For instance, you may have the support of your family or boyfriend, but if you lose that support or seek a new living situation, your living expenses may become greater.
Once your Adoption Specialist has a better understanding of your financial needs during your pregnancy, he or she will work as quickly as possible to get you financial assistance. You may be able to receive financial assistance during your pregnancy and four to six weeks after.
Since living expenses are regulated through the court system and various laws, American Adoptions can provide you with just as much financial assistance as any other adoption professional.
Call 1-800-ADOPTION to learn more about the financial assistance for which you may be eligible, or click the following to request free adoption information.
Disclaimer: State, federal and local laws determine American Adoptions’ and an adoptive family’s ability to provide you with financial assistance and also determine how much financial assistance can be made available to you.
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