Question: “I’m 24 weeks along and I’ve missed a lot of work because of morning sickness. I’m about to get kicked out of my apartment since I haven’t been able to afford my rent! I know that I’m going to have to adopt out my baby…if I can’t even afford to pay rent, how can I afford to be a parent?!
Can I get help with bills if I’m putting my baby up for adoption?”
Answer: Paying your bills and finding a way to get to and from doctor appointments can be a major source of worry during an unplanned pregnancy. If you choose adoption for your baby, you don’t need to worry about the costs – adoption is completely free to you, and you can even get adoption financial assistance throughout your pregnancy if allowable in your state. Housing, financial, medical, and even legal help are available to you once you decide to start your adoption plan.
The amount and type of adoption financial assistance you can get depends on the arrangements you agree upon with the adoptive family you’ve chosen and your state law. Our team is here to help you understand your rights and make sure you’re getting the help you need. However, most state laws do limit how much a birth mother can receive for choosing adoption for her baby. This prevents the illegal selling of babies and to ensure that babies are placed in properly screened homes.
Your pregnancy costs may be covered completely and, in some cases, for as long as six weeks after you deliver.
You can get help with many types of expenses if allowable in your state, including:
- Medical expenses (doctor’s appointments, delivery, medication)
- Cost of housing (rent, electricity, water and other utilities
- Dependable transportation to and from your doctor visits
- Maternity clothing
- Phone and data plan
Our Adoption Coordinators are here to work one-on-one with you to help you with your specific needs. They’ll help you find a family who fits what you’re looking for and whose budget is within the range of your needs.
Once you select an adoptive family, depending on the state, there are many ways the family can help support you with the cost of rent and other items that qualify. As a woman thinking about adoption, you have access to the financial help you need during your pregnancy if permitted in your state.
Having the peace of mind that your bills are taken care of allows you to focus on having a healthy, stress-free pregnancy.
Call Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to learn about the financial
assistance you may be eligible for.
Or, you can request free adoption information here.
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P., is nationally recognized as an expert on open adoption. A Certiﬁed Open Adoption Practitioner (C.O.A.P.), Caldwell is the founder of Lifetime Adoption Center, established in 1986. She has assisted in over 2,000 successful adoptions and was one of the ﬁrst adoption professionals on the Internet.
Caldwell’s life work is dedicated to educating and helping birth parents find the right adoptive parents for their child. She spreads the word about modern adoption through speaking appearances, webinars, online resources, and as a podcast show host.
She has written several award-winning books, including So I Was Thinking About Adoption, the first book of its kind. There are many reasons women choose adoption, and this short book is a comprehensive resource to make the best plan for you and your baby. Caldwell wrote So I Was Thinking About Adoption as a handy guide to the details of the adoption process.
Caldwell has made over 150 media appearances, including ABC News, CBS News, Larry King Live, CNN Headline News, NBC’s The Today Show, CNN’s The Campbell Brown Show, NBC News, KGO Newstalk Radio, CNN’s Black in America II, MSNBC, Fox, PBS, BBC, and Dr. Laura.