How to Get Paid for Adoption-Related Expenses in Florida
Do Birth Mothers Get Paid for Adoption in Florida?
If you’ve just found out about your unexpected pregnancy, financial worries might be your first concern. But what you may not know is that creating an adoption plan can significantly lower the cost of pregnancy.
Although “paid adoptions” are illegal, financial assistance is available to you throughout your pregnancy, no matter what your situation is
Adoption will always be free, which means that you can spend less time worrying about costs, and more energy towards having a healthy pregnancy
An adoption specialist will do everything they can to make sure you get as much assistance as possible
An unplanned pregnancy is already incredibly stressful. But when you start to add up the costs in your head, that’s when it can start to feel absolutely overwhelming. One birth mother, Janelle, experienced this situation firsthand after finding out that her and her husband were expecting twins:
“Four months rolls around, and my husband and I were like, ‘Alright, this is real,’” she 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.”
For situations like these, and many others American Adoptions is always here to help. An adoption specialist can always discuss your personal situation to determine if financial assistance for adoption in Florida is available for you. Give us a call anytime at 1-800-ADOPTION to speak with a specialist today.
With American Adoptions, we are more than happy to offer any hopeful adoptive family the support they need throughout the adoption process. To learn more about the cost of adoption in Florida, continue reading this helpful guide.
In the meantime, learn a bit more about the covered expenses of putting a child up for adoption in Florida below.
Is There Financial Assistance for Adoption in Florida? [And How Do You Get It?]
The short answer: Yes. While you will never be “paid” to place a child for adoption, putting a baby up for adoption is always free in Florida.
The financial toll of pregnancy and birth is staggering. It’s no wonder that many pregnant women consider adoption because they can’t afford to care for their child. Fortunately, by considering the adoption process, you can receive financial support from licensed adoption professionals. This allows you to consider the pros and cons of adoption without the threat of financial stress hanging over your head.
“I just came to the point where I didn’t want their life to consist of their mom working really hard at two jobs just to get by, and then I’m barely home,” Casey says. “Some people are a product of their environment… I didn’t want the streets to raise them because I’m so busy trying to provide for them, and I wanted them to have a father figure,” said Casey.
American Adoptions is happy to cover the cost of pregnancy and adoption-related expenses for prospective birth parents in need. This Florida adoption financial assistance typically includes:
Prenatal care and medical care throughout your pregnancy
Emotional counseling accessible at any point before, during and after the adoption
The purpose of these adoption services and coverage of living expenses is to remove financial concerns from your list of worries while you’re in the adoption process. Pregnancy is an emotionally, physically, mentally and financially difficult time. If we can help ease some of that burden for women who are already making a tough choice through adoption financial assistance, then that’s one less thing you have to worry about.
“American Adoptions was really great for me in that I had a really high-risk pregnancy. So, I had to be on bed rest, I had to quit my job. They helped me pay my bills and they helped me make sure I had food, essential basics. I had to rely on the services that American Adoptions provided for me and I couldn’t have done it without them,” said Trillion, a birth mother who worked with American Adoptions.
Remember: You will never receive “compensation” for giving a baby up for adoption in Florida, but we will do all we can to provide the financial support you need during this process.
How Much Does the Birth Mother “Get Paid” for Adoption in Florida? [And How Much Can You Receive?]
The adoption process will always be free, but depending on your situation, you might not receive the same adoption financial assistance in Florida. While the basics such as medical, legal and counseling services are free and readily available for women in your situation, all additional adoption financial assistance is regulated by state laws and your individual situation.
For example, an expectant mother in Florida who is raising older children or living in a one-income household will have a greater financial need than others, and may qualify for additional living expenses to help her through her pregnancy. Compare that to a teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy but is living at home with the financial support of her parents.
So, which costs to give a baby up for adoption in Florida are covered for your situation?
First, you’ll need to contact an adoption specialist and explain your situation. During this discussion, the specialist will help you understand what financial assistance for adoption you may receive. After you and your adoption specialist discuss your financial need, the Florida courts must approve adoption-related living expenses.
This will all be included in your adoption plan, which will also tackle subjects such as:
Your preferences for adoptive parents
Your post-placement adoption contact desires
Your hospital and delivery plan
Remember that, regardless of what financial assistance you receive for your living expenses, our agency adoption services are always free to you. We’ll combine that assistance with possible coverage of pregnancy- and adoption-related expenses to help ease your current financial burdens — and allow you to focus solely on creating the best possible future for your baby.
“We want you to know that it’s common for women to feel financially stressed during their pregnancy,” said Jen a birth parent specialist, “American Adoptions is here to help you to alleviate some of that stress so you can focus on creating an adoption plan that’s best for you.”
As you can see, working with American Adoptions can provide countless benefits financially. Compared to smaller, local adoption agencies, our size means that we have the resources you need to make an adoption plan with ease. No matter where you live in Florida, or what your situation is, we are prepared to support you every step of the way.
You can discuss your financial needs now with an adoption specialist by calling 1-800-ADOPTION, or receive free adoption information by contacting us online at any time. In addition, should you need local help, you can also contact our professionals at our local Florida office:
3001 North Rocky Point Drive East, Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33607
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