Get Paid for Adoption-Related Expenses in Hawaii
Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption in Hawaii? Do mother get paid for adoption? Are there adoption agencies that pay you in Hawaii? Is adoption compensation for birth mothers a legal option?
As an adoption agency, we receive questions like these fairly regularly. It makes sense; an unexpected pregnancy can be a stressful event, and it’s natural to be concerned about finances. In 2015, the average cost to raise a child until the age of 17 was $233,610. Not only does this not include secondary education expenses, but this is a number that will continue to rise as time passes. Whether you’re just wondering about the possibility of financial assistance for adoption in Hawaii or you aren’t sure you can realistically afford to become a parent, it’s good to know what Hawaii adoption laws have to say on the subject.
Some of the above questions are easily answered, while others are more complicated. Adoption laws change across state lines, so to help you know what is or isn’t allowed on Hawaii, we’ve compiled the following guide to Hawaii adoption financial assistance.
Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption in Hawaii?
Absolutely not. In no circumstance will it ever cost you any money to choose adoption for your child. As it is in every other state, it is free to put a baby up for adoption in Hawaii. If you’re choosing adoption for your child, it’s because you’re placing his or her needs above your own. It’s a massive personal sacrifice, and one that is going to be both physically and emotionally challenging. The state of Hawaii understands this, and has ensured that you can make this choice for your baby without also draining your finances. Actually, as long as you live within the United States, adoption is always completely free to you as a pregnant woman.
Do mothers get paid for adoption in Hawaii?
This question has another simple answer: no. It is illegal to pursue adoption for compensation in Hawaii or anywhere else in the United States, regardless of what your situation is. You will not profit from placing your child for adoption. It is also illegal for adoptive parents to offer you money or anything of value in exchange for your decision to place your child with them. This isn’t to say, however, that you won’t be eligible for adoption financial assistance in Hawaii. To learn more, read below.
Are there adoption agencies that pay you in Hawaii?
Again, no. Since you cannot get paid for adoption in Hawaii, or anywhere else within the United States, and you cannot get money to give baby up for adoption, an adoption agency cannot pay you to use their services. However, see below to learn about what adoption financial assistance you may be eligible to receive.
Is adoption compensation for birth mothers available in Hawaii?
Again, please understand that it is 100 percent illegal to pursue adoption for compensation, in HI or any other state. No one should ever offer anything to you in exchange for your decision to place your child. However, Hawaii state laws do allow a pregnant woman pursuing adoption to receive adoption financial assistance. As in most states, the adoptive parents may be able to help you with:
Legal and medical costs (for both the mother and the child) relating to the adoption
Living expenses during pregnancy and possibly for a short period of time afterward. Some women may be able to receive assistance in the form of financial help with rent, utilities, transportation, maternity clothing and more.
How much adoption financial assistance you may be able to receive is dependent completely upon your own individual situation. Your American Adoptions adoption specialist will work with you to make sure your needs are covered and to help you understand what you might be eligible for.
To learn more about Hawaii financial assistance for adoption, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION.
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