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Can You Get Paid for Adoption-Related Expenses in Idaho?

Do mothers get paid for adoption? Do adoption agencies that pay you exist in Idaho? Is adoption compensation for birth mothers a possibility? Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption in Idaho?

We receive questions like these quite often at American Adoptions, and it’s completely understandable. As a woman facing an unexpected pregnancy and considering her options as a result, it’s natural that you may be concerned about your financial situation. The average cost of raising a child to the age of 18 was $233,610 in 2015, and that’s a number that will only continue to rise. So whether you aren’t sure you can foot that bill or you’re just curious about the possibility of financial assistance for adoption in Idaho, it’s good to know your options.

Some of the answers to the above questions are black and white, while others are less so. Since adoption laws vary in each state, we’ve answered each one below according to what Idaho’s laws have to say on the subject of adoption financial assistance.

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Does it cost to put a baby up for adoption in Idaho?

No. In no situation will it ever cost you to place your child for adopt ion. It is free to put a baby up for adoption in Idaho as well as in every other state. Placing a baby for adoption is a massive sacrifice, and it’s one that you undertake because you’re putting your child’s needs above your own. The government understands that this process is going to be challenging enough, both physically and emotionally, without also draining your bank account. Regardless of which state you live in and which adoption professional you choose to help you on this journey, adoption is always a completely free option for pregnant women.

Do mothers get paid for adoption in Idaho?

The answer to this question is also a fairly simple one: no. No matter what your situation is or where you pursue an adoption, you will not be paid for doing so. It is illegal to pursue an adoption for compensation or profit of any kind. By the same token, it is also illegal for adoptive parents to offer financial resources or anything of value in exchange for your agreement to pursue adoption. It is, however, possible that you may be eligible for adoption financial assistance in Idaho, which we cover below. 

Are there adoption agencies that pay you in Idaho?

Another simple answer: no. Because you do not get paid for adoption in Idaho (or anywhere else) and you cannot get money to give baby up for adoption, this means an adoption agency cannot pay you in exchange for that decision. However, adoption financial assistance may be an option for you. Read on to learn what that might mean in your individual situation.

Is adoption compensation for birth mothers an option in Idaho?

We want to make it very clear that it is illegal to pursue adoption for compensation or for anyone to offer to pay you in exchange for your adoption decision. That does not mean, however, that you won’t be eligible for adoption financial assistance in Idaho. Idaho state laws allow an adoptive family to pay the following expenses:

  • Legal and medical costs related to the adoption

  • Maternity expenses

  • Living expenses during pregnancy and for up to 6 weeks after the baby is born

It is important to note that Idaho laws dictate that, if a birth parent revokes or withdraws consent to adoption and the court orders the child to be returned to the birth parents, the birth parent must reimburse the adoptive parents for all adoption expenses.

To learn more about Idaho financial assistance for adoption, please contact American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION. 

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