Can You Get Paid for Adoption in Missouri?
“Do mothers get paid for adoption?” It’s question that gets tossed around in adoption conversations fairly frequently. The answer is a little more complicated than just a simple yes or no. No one should ever give you money to influence your adoption decision. However, as a woman considering adoption, Missouri does allow adoptive families to pay for certain pregnancy-related expenses.
So, while you don’t get paid for adoption, you may receive financial assistance to help you keep up with bills and additional costs related to pregnancy. Pregnancy-related expenses may include but are not limited to:
Missouri prevents adoptive parents from paying any expenses deemed unreasonable by the courts, and it’s illegal to ever exchange money for the termination of parental rights.
Independent Adoption vs. Working with a Professional
It’s important to note that if you choose to pursue an independent adoption, which is when a pregnant woman and prospective adoptive parents find each other without the help of a professional, the adoptive parents can only pay for actual adoption services. This will include expenses such as legal adoption fees and serves to ensure that nobody profits from the placement of a child.
An agency, on the other hand, can work with you to ensure that you receive all of the allowable expenses and that adoptive parents are able to help with living expenses as working becomes more difficult during your pregnancy. This is still regulated by the state; Missouri only allows agencies to collect fees from adoptive parents that are reasonable or cover the actual cost of an adoption.
How much financial assistance can I get?
The answer to this question is going to vary based on your circumstances. For example, if you are living with your parents, you probably won’t need as much support for costs such as rent or utilities. If you’re a single woman living on her own and supporting children, your expenses are likely higher. It’s also possible that your circumstances will change throughout your pregnancy. When your Adoption Specialist gets to know you and understand your financial needs, he or she will work with you to make sure you get the financial assistance you need.
Why do pregnant women “get paid” for adoption in Missouri?
Sometimes pregnant women are reluctant to accept financial assistance when pursuing adoption; they don’t want anyone to assume they’re giving a baby up for adoption money. However, Missouri allows this for a reason: Pregnancy is physically and emotionally demanding, particularly if you aren’t ready to raise a child. It may also be more difficult for you to work during your pregnancy, which adds to the stress of an already stressful situation. Allowing prospective adoptive parents to pay pregnancy-related costs provides you with a little more leeway to focus on yourself, your baby and the adoption decision you’re facing.
If you’re a pregnant women wondering if you can get paid for adoption in Missouri, it’s a good idea to speak with an Adoption Specialist. To speak with one of ours at American Adoptions, call 1-800-ADOPTION, or request free information here.
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