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Get Paid for Adoption-Related Expenses in California

Because of the financial impact childbirth and parenting can create, financial concerns may be a top reason why you’re considering adoption for your baby.

Whether you have just begun your adoption research, or have already started making an adoption plan, odds are you have heard of financial assistance for adoption. Oftentimes, the purpose of this assistance can be mistaken and leaves many people questioning if you get paid for adoption in California? 

The short answer is no, you do not get paid to decide to place your baby for adoption. Payment for the placement of a child in adoption is always illegal. There aren’t any adoption agencies that pay you for placing a child.

However, many expectant mothers are eligible to receive financial assistance for adoption in California.

What’s the difference?

The purpose of this assistance is to help cover the costs of pregnancy, childbirth, and more. It is important to know, as a birth mother, your adoption is always 100 percent free. But, this is not the same as getting paid for adoption in California.

This guide will provide you with the information you need on adoption financial assistance, explain the misconception that causes people to ask “can you get paid for adoption,” and detail what all assistance is available for your adoption in California. 

You can always call American Adoptions at 1-800-ADOPTION or contact us online anytime to get answers to any questions you may have. In the meantime, continue reading to learn more about the adoption compensation for birth mothers in California.

Can You Get Paid for Adoption in California?

If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you may have concerns about how you are going to pay for medical bills on top of your normal living and day-to-day expenses. Even with medical insurance, pregnancy and childbirth is expensive

American Adoptions understands you are already dealing with so many different thoughts and emotions, the last thing you need to worry about is an unexpected financial burden. This is why, through financial assistance from the adoptive family, adoption does not cost anything for birth mothers. This includes basic services like:

In addition to the basic services throughout your adoption, California law states that all adoption-related expenses are allowed to be taken care of by the adoptive family. The expenses are monitored, documented, and reviewed after placement occurs to ensure there is no wrongdoing or misuse.

In some situations, what is covered and the amount of assistance available will depend upon your personal needs. In general, adoption financial assistance in California helps cover expenses such as: 

  • Medical care throughout your pregnancy, childbirth, and post-placement
  • Maternity clothes
  • Personal transportation
  • Phone bills
  • Everyday living expenses such as rent and utilities, groceries, medicine, and more
  • Other expenses deemed necessary

American Adoptions has years of experience, so we are well educated on the adoption laws and financial assistance available for you. As one of the largest national domestic infant adoption professionals, we provide free adoption services and partner with a California affiliate agency to help facilitate the California adoption financial assistance you are entitled to. This allows you to focus on a happy and healthy pregnancy — not stress about how you are going to pay all of the bills that are piling up.

Because these services are free for birth mothers, many people misinterpret this as a birth mother being paid to place her baby. By no means does this mean a birth mother is paid for her baby, or paid to decide to give her child for adoption. We cannot stress enough, selling your baby, or agreeing to place your baby for adoption for a monetary value, is illegal and can face severe punishment.

If you have questions about adoption financial assistance in California and how it can help you during your unplanned pregnancy, call 1-800-ADOPTION or fill out this online form to get answers from an adoption professional.

How Much Adoption Financial Assistance Can You Receive in California?

Just like each birth mother's decision to place her child for adoption is unique, every adoption situation is as well. Because everyone’s circumstances will differ, the need for adoption financial assistance will vary on a case-by-case basis. Once you have decided adoption is the best opportunity for you and your baby, you will work with your professional to help determine your specific needs.  

American Adoptions does everything in our power to ensure you receive the complete amount you are eligible for. Although you will never “get paid” to give your baby up for adoption, we can help you access the assistance available to ensure you are not experiencing a financial burden due to your pregnancy. 

Our team is dedicated to providing ethical and legal adoptions, so we fully obey all state laws regarding adoption, including the assistance requirements in California. Although we can help facilitate the financial assistance for adoption, we are not in control of the amount approved, nor the approval process, but will educate you on the process.

Please keep in mind, receiving financial assistance does not mean you cannot change your mind. You are always in complete control of your adoption plan, which includes your adoption decision, finding the family you choose to place your child with, the hospital plan, and more. 

Although you cannot get paid to choose adoption, adoption financial assistance is a beneficial service for all birth mothers. Knowing you will receive the best medical, legal and professional care, without having to worry about the costs of the services, provides a sense of relief during what can be a troubling time.

Get Adoption Financial Assistance in California Today

American Adoptions is dedicated to making your adoption process as easy and stress-free as possible. While you will never “get paid” for adoption in California with any agency, we will work with you to provide financial support, as allowable by state laws, and to make sure you are comfortable and healthy throughout your pregnancy.

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and worried about the financial aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, putting a baby up for adoption costs nothing, and could be the answer you’re looking for.

Whether you are just considering your options, or are ready to begin planning your adoption, call 1-800-ADOPTION today to speak with an adoption specialist, or fill out our online form to get answers to your questions about financial assistance for adoption.

An unplanned pregnancy is a lot to handle on your own. American Adoption makes sure you don’t have to.

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