One of the most common questions birthmothers have is how much it costs to place their child for adoption. Many birthmothers look at the cost of raising a child to adulthood, which is now estimated to be more than $233,000, and this becomes one of the biggest motivating factors in considering adoption for their child. Because of this, birthmothers often worry they will not be able to afford placing their child for adoption. However, because this is the most selfless and loving thing a birthmother could ever do for her child, there is no cost for placing a child for adoption. Not only is it free to place a child for adoption in any state, under any circumstances, but birthmothers are also provided all needed adoption services, such as legal representation, medical care, and emotional counseling, at no cost.
Adoption Services Provided at No Cost to the Birthmother
While the laws concerning adoption financial assistance are slightly different in every state, most states, including Ohio, allow birthmothers to receive support throughout the adoption process to ensure placing her child for adoption does not cause financial hardship. This financial support often comes in the form of services provided to the mother.
Medical Care throughout the Pregnancy and Birth of the Child
Prenatal care, which consists of regular visits with an OB/GYN and routine tests during pregnancy, has been widely regarded as paramount in preventing complications during pregnancy for the birthmother and baby as well as preventing complications after birth for the child. Prenatal visits and routine procedures (including sonograms, glucose tests, etc.) not otherwise covered by health insurance are included in the support we provide to our birthmothers at Building Blocks Adoption Service. Included as part of the medical care birthmothers receive, our adoption case workers provide guidance and support to birthmothers as they create an adoption hospital plan, including a birth plan, that will help them transition through the relinquishment of their baby. We also offer mental health counseling to birthmothers as they grapple with the emotional aspects of placing their child for adoption.
Part of any adoption process is the legal process of the birth parents relinquishing their child to the adoptive family. The legal side of adoption requires strict adherence to the regulations laid out in each state’s laws related to adoption and the adoption procedure. In order to properly navigate through the legal process of adoption, Building Blocks Adoption Service will provide the legal services of an attorney who specializes in adoption. This attorney ensures all of the legal procedures relating to the adoption are properly followed, including the informed consent of all relevant parties and the search for any putative father, if needed. This attorney will have the birthmother’s best interests in mind and will work to ensure she understands her rights and everything she is agreeing to, as laid out in the adoption plan.
Part of ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy for our birthmothers includes ensuring they have a safe and healthy environment in which to live during their pregnancy. To help with this, state law allows our adoptive parents to cover some of our birthmothers’ living expenses during their pregnancy. Such support may help cover the cost of the birthmother’s rent, utilities, groceries, transportation, clothing and more. Our adoption case workers are highly trained in making sure each birthmother is receiving all the eligible support she needs.
Recognizing the importance of a safe and healthy pregnancy, as well as the selfless and loving gift a mother makes in placing her child for adoption, the adoptive family is more than happy to provide whatever support a birthmother needs as she makes her way through the adoption process. At Building Blocks Adoption Service, we work closely with our birthmothers to ensure they are receiving all the support they need as they move through the adoption process. If you are considering placing your child for adoption, we are here to walk with you.
There is no adoption cost for a birthmother. The adoptive family you choose takes on all adoption cost.