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Do Birth Mothers Get ‘Paid’ for Adoption?

When women facing an unplanned pregnancy consider adoption, some of their main concerns often revolve around finances. Many women ask “Do I get paid for adoption?” or “Does it cost money to give a baby up for adoption?”

Not only is it free to place a baby for adoption, but, depending the adoption professional you work with, you may be able to receive financial assistance to cover living expenses throughout your pregnancy.

If you are planning to place your child for adoption and are in need of financial assistance, the state of Texas does allow your expenses to be paid by an adoptive family, with some restrictions. Texas allows adoptive parents to legally pay an expectant mother’s medical and legal fees relating to the adoption. So, regardless of whether you have health insurance or not, you won’t have to worry about paying any hospital bills after the adoption has taken place. An adoptive family may also pay a social worker or mental health professional to provide adoption counseling.

In most states, including the state of Texas, it is illegal for an adoptive family to pay a birth mother directly for any pregnancy-related expenses. These expenses must be paid for through an adoption agency.

Texas law does not set a maximum payable amount for these expenses; however, adoption agencies may have their own restrictions. If you are concerned about your finances, talk to your adoption social worker about what expenses you may need help with and if they are able to provide them. Pregnancy-related expenses may include:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Gas/travel costs
  • Maternity Clothing
  • Groceries

While some adoptive families may want to give you monetary gifts directly to help you through your pregnancy, it is important that you do not accept them. Accepting things like gift cards, cash or checks directly from an adoptive family could potentially put the legality of your adoption at risk. Should an adoptive family come forward with this type of gift, it is safest to refer them to your adoption professional.

Knowing that these expenses will be taken care of is often a huge relief for expectant mothers. One less thing to worry about means a happier and healthier you, and baby.