Do You Get Paid for Putting a Child Up for Adoption in Arkansas?
How to Receive Adoption Financial Assistance
Because of the stress of an unplanned pregnancy, it’s easy to see why financial worries might be one of the biggest concerns on your mind. You might even be wondering:
Do you get paid to give your baby up for adoption in Arkansas?
Fortunately, American Adoptions is here to help. As a full-service adoption agency, we employ dozens of trained specialists who can answer your questions about living expense payment for birth mothers at any time. And because of our national size, we are always here to answer them no matter when you call. Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION or get free information online to learn more.
It’s a frequently asked question, but the answer isn’t quite black and white. Adoption financial assistance in Arkansas is a complicated topic, so it’s important you go into this process with the proper information, should you choose to place your child for adoption in Arkansas.
Oh, and don’t forget — we have a local Arkansas office to assist you, too:
103 S. 3rd Street
Rogers, AR 72756
In the meantime, find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Arkansas financial assistance for adoption below.
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Can You Get Paid for Adoption in Arkansas? [And Do I Have to Pay to Make an Adoption Plan?]
If you’re a pregnant woman, no one should ever give you money in an attempt to persuade you to place your baby for adoption. Contrary to what you may have heard, you will never “get paid” for putting your baby up for adoption. It is always illegal to accept money or anything of value in exchange for placing your child for adoption in Arkansas.
However, this does not mean you’re expected to shoulder the costs of an unplanned pregnancy on your own. And, if you choose to work with American Adoptions, it does not cost to put a baby up for adoption in Arkansas. Instead, adoption is always free for you.
We know that you are making a difficult, brave decision when you create an adoption plan for your baby. We also know that financial pressure is one of the most common reasons women choose adoption, including birth mothers like Casey:
“I didn’t have family support… everything was on my own,” Casey said. “I was just contemplating, ‘What can I possibly do now that would make a difference for our future and provide my sons with the life that I would like to give them?’”
Therefore, our agency and other professionals can provide assistance to remove that financial burden — so that you are sure you are making your adoption decision for the right reason.
So, do mothers get paid for adoption in Arkansas? No.
But, can an expectant mother find relief from financial strain and create a better future by choosing adoption? Yes.
How Much Adoption Financial Assistance Can You Receive in Arkansas? [And is there a Limit?]
Now that you know adoption is always free, you may be wondering, “How does financial assistance for adoption in Arkansas work?”
The answer: it depends.
Arkansas allows adoptive parents to pay for certain pregnancy-related expenses, so, in a sense, there is the potential for adoption “compensation” for a prospective birth mother’s living expenses during pregnancy. How much financial assistance you are eligible for will depend upon your situation (including your employment status, how many children you already have, etc.).
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to receive help in the following areas:
Medical expenses for prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care
Other general living costs, such as transportation or cell phones
When you contact our agency, your adoption specialist will work with you to determine what financial assistance for adoption you may be eligible for. All records will be kept and presented in court during the finalization hearing to make sure all payments or exchanges of funds were both legal and ethical. Don’t forget: All of your adoption services will always be free to you, too.
Pregnancy is demanding enough, and placing your child for adoption is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. Women who choose adoption for their babies are doing so in order to provide them with the best lives possible. It’s a selfless act, and one that shouldn’t put you under financial strain when you’re already struggling emotionally.
“Four months rolls around, and my husband and I were like, ‘Alright, this is real,’” Janelle said. “We were having trouble paying our bills and our rent and affording food, and that was when we made the decision to look into adoption.”
Therefore, Arkansas allows you to receive this reimbursement and “compensation” for placing a baby for adoption in order to give you more freedom to focus on yourself, your baby, and the enormous decision you’re facing.
Receive Arkansas Adoption Financial Assistance And More Services Today [Get the Help You Need]
It may be a disappointment to learn that you cannot “get paid” for adoption in Arkansas. We understand if you feel this way. However, remember: These rules are in place to ensure that you are never pressured into adoption, and that every adoption in Arkansas is completed ethically and safely.
But, as outlined above, there are steps in place to ensure your financial burden is eased during the adoption process. There are many other ways that American Adoptions will support you throughout your adoption, too.
Because we are a larger, national adoption agency, you’ll receive countless benefits when making an adoption plan that you might have a harder time finding elsewhere. Our team provides 24/7 counseling and support for you during this life-changing journey. Legal services, medical services, pregnancy expenses and access to your adoption specialist will never cost you anything. Additionally, our adoption specialists can facilitate some of the trickier aspects of adoption, like communication with the adoptive family.
While these things are not the same as “getting paid” for adoption, they are free services with significant benefits.
To learn more about financial help for birth mothers giving a baby up for adoption in Arkansas, please call 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist at any time. We are ready to help.
You can also get more free information online.
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