Do Birth Moms Get Paid?

do birth moms get paid
Do Birth Moms get Paid?

Do birth moms get paid?

It is important to know that you cannot be compensated for placing your baby for adoption.  You cannot “sell your baby”.  This is illegal in every state.

However, depending on your circumstances, you may receive monetary aid for adoption counseling, medical costs, and other adoption and pregnancy-related expenses.

What Expenses are Paid?

In addition to medical and counseling expenses, most states allow the payment of reasonable living expenses during a prospective birth mother’s pregnancy.

Depending on the state, allowable living expenses may include:

  • Housing costs, such as rent or mortgage;
  • Groceries;
  • Utilities;
  • Transportation;
  • Maternity clothes

Every state does have laws outlining the adoption expenses that can be paid for a birth mother by her baby’s adoptive parents.

These payments are designed to relieve a birth mother’s financial burden during an unplanned pregnancy and adoption process.

Does It Cost Money to Place a Baby for Adoption?

Because the adoption process is complicated, requiring the services of professionals, many woman are hesitant when faced with an unplanned pregancy because they worry they won’t have financial resources for adoption.

While there are indeed many factors for you to consider when deciding whether to make an adoption plan, financial stress should never be an obstacle.  Not only is the adoption process completely free for expectant mothers, the adoptive parents may also be able to hire an attorney to represent you through the process.

Who Pays For Adoption Expenses?

In California, adoptive parents may pay all of a birth mother’s medical and counseling expenses.

Can you get paid for adoption in other states?

Yes.  It is possible for a birth mother to receive help with living expenses from out of state adoptive parents if they live in a state that allows the payment of these expenses.  See Regulation of Private Domestic Adoption Expenses.

To learn more about the payment of adoption expenses, and birth mother rights, please contact my offices.

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