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Is it Free to Put a Child Up for Adoption?

[8 Questions About the Cost of Adoption]

Because placing your baby for adoption is such a selfless and life-changing choice, you should not have to endure any financial hardships when making this brave decision. 

Women, who are pregnant and worried about finances often ask, “Do you have to pay to give your child up for adoption? What does putting a baby up for adoption cost?”

The answer is: Nothing. It is always 100 percent free to make an adoption plan for your baby.

At American Adoptions it is free to put a baby up for adoption. As the birth mother, one hundred percent of your expenses are paid for through financial assistance with our agency and by the adoptive family. Some of the services that are covered include:

  • 24/7 support and counseling

  • Adoption planning and case management services

  • Medical care for you and your baby

  • Legal services to ensure your rights are protected

  • Living expenses like rent, groceries, and utilities, depending on your circumstances

  • And more

These services help keep you on track towards a successful adoption and ensure you are getting the best support and resources available.

To find out what adoption financial assistance you might be eligible for and to get free information about adoption, contact us online or by calling 1-800-ADOPTION. Until then, keep reading to find answers to 8 questions birth mothers have about the cost of adoption.

1) “If I give my baby up for adoption, is it free to receive counseling?”

Yes. The adoption process is an emotional time and having someone to talk to about your feelings is essential to a healthy adoption process. Whether you have an important question needing to be answered, an emergency, or you just need someone to talk to, we’ll be here. Your adoption specialist will be available by phone 24/7 for support, education, and counseling — all at no cost to you.

2) “How much does giving a baby up for adoption cost in medical fees?”

When it comes to medical expenses, the average cost of “giving a baby up” for adoption is $0. That's because when you are “giving up” a baby for adoption, fees not covered by insurance or Medicaid will be paid for by the adoptive family. 

American Adoptions will help you receive prenatal care (if you haven’t already), as well as any other medical care you or your baby might need for a healthy pregnancy. We will also work closely with you to create an adoption hospital plan that perfectly fits your wishes for when your due date arrives.

Having an adoption birth plan in place allows you to focus on a healthy pregnancy without worrying about the costs of medical bills.

3) “During the legal process, do you have to pay for the lawyer?”

No. You will be provided with your experienced adoption attorney, who will walk you through each step of the legal process and ensure you understand your rights and everything you are agreeing to. He or she will have your absolute best interest in mind throughout each step of the legal process, from consenting to the adoption to helping you receive any living expenses you might need (read more below). These legal services, like every service you receive throughout your adoption process, will be completely free to you.

4) “Does giving a baby up for adoption cost money in the form of time off work and other costs?”

If you are concerned you will not have the proper maternity leave from your job, this will help ease your mind: Parental leave for adoption works similarly to traditional maternity leave, in most cases. It will depend upon your employer’s child adoption leave rules, which will determine whether or not this leave is paid and how long it can last. You’ll find peace of mind knowing that parental leave for both the birth mother and the adoptive parents is protected by the FMLA.

As for additional costs, there are indeed certain expenses associated with pregnancy — but as a woman considering adoption, you are not responsible for many of those expenses. In most situations, you may be eligible to receive living expenses to help cover your rent, utilities, and other bills. Your adoption specialist will work with you to understand your financial needs during your pregnancy, and then make sure you receive the living expenses for which you are eligible by your state laws and court-ruled financial need.

5) “Does putting a baby up for adoption cost money after the process is complete?”

No. Not only are all the adoption services free to you throughout the adoption process, you’ll also have continued access to several ongoing birth parent resources for free after the adoption, should you ever need them. This includes:

  • Post-adoption counseling

  • Scholarship opportunities to eligible birth parents

  • Referrals to helpful post-adoption resources

  • Facilitations of post-adoption communication between you, your child, and the adoptive family for up to 18 years if you choose an open adoption

  • Help with navigating direct post-adoption communication between you, your child, and the adoptive family if you choose an open adoption

  • And more

6) “Why is it free to put a child up for adoption?”

Facing an unplanned pregnancy is stressful, and choosing adoption for your baby is one of the most emotionally challenging decisions you’ll ever have to make. It takes great love and many physical, mental, and emotional sacrifices to give this incredible gift to your child and to another family — it shouldn’t take financial sacrifices, as well. That’s why there are no costs to put a baby up for adoption. 

Pregnancy and childbirth alone can be extremely costly, let alone the cost of raising that baby. This is why many women choose adoption for their child. Through adoption, they’re able to have the costs of their pregnancy and delivery taken care of and they’re also able to ensure that their baby will be taken care of — emotionally, mentally, and physically, as well as financially.

7) “Are there any other free items for women considering placing a newborn for adoption?”

Yes. One of the other free services women receive with American Adoptions is the chance to be considered for a birth mother scholarship. Every year, American Adoptions awards thousands of dollars’ worth of scholarships to women wanting to begin or continue their educations. We often receive updates from our past scholarship recipients about their achievements in college or their careers and we are immensely proud to play a small role in their success.

8) “What else should I know about the costs of giving a baby up for adoption?”

One of the reasons why many women choose adoption is because they’re not financially prepared for this baby at this time. So, not only is putting a baby up for adoption free, but you may also be eligible for financial assistance in the form of living expenses.

You’ll also receive all of the services of your adoption process for free. When you place a baby with a family through American Adoptions it means that you’ll receive free counseling before, during, and after the adoption, free medical and legal services, the support system you need, and so much more.

We understand this is one of the biggest and toughest decisions you’ll make in your life, but it can also be one of the best. To get more information about the costs of adoption for women considering adoption, and why it is free to give a baby up for adoption, call us at 1-800-ADOPTION or contact us online now for free adoption information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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