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Do Birth Mothers Get Paid for Adoption in North Carolina?

Pregnant woman considering adoption often ask, “Do you get money for putting a baby up for adoption?”

It’s an understandable and reasonable question. Pregnancy in itself can be an expensive process, and those facing unplanned pregnancies may wonder whether the costs of adoption will cause an additional financial burden for them, should they choose this path instead of parenting or abortion.

While you do not get money to give a baby up for adoption in North Carolina, you may receive adoption financial assistance to make this process as easy as possible for you. Adoption will always be free to you as a prospective birth mother, and your adoption professional will work with you to ensure you receive the financial support when giving a baby up for adoption that you need.

To learn more about financial help for birth mothers giving a baby up for adoption, you can always speak to an adoption attorney at the Parker Herring Law Group PLLC. Our professionals are well-versed in the North Carolina adoption laws regarding adoption “compensation” for birth mothers and can help you understand exactly what kind of adoption financial assistance may be possible in your situation. They can also refer you to additional, free adoption services that are a part of your adoption assistance when you call the law firm at 919-821-1860.

Below, find more information about how you can receive adoption financial assistance in North Carolina.

How Do You Get Paid to Give Your Baby Up for Adoption in N.C.?

While prospective birth mothers cannot get paid for adoption, they certainly can receive financial assistance with expenses due to their pregnancy and their adoption process. How much adoption assistance you will receive will depend upon your personal situation, which you’ll discuss with your adoption professional before starting.

No matter your circumstances, all of the legal services and counseling support that you need during your adoption process will always be provided free of cost to you. This includes services like:

  • Legal counsel from an experienced adoption attorney at the Parker Herring Law Group PLLC
  • Adoption support and counseling
  • Case management and matching services from an adoption agency
  • Any other expenses incurred during the adoption process

In addition, you may receive additional adoption financial assistance for your living expenses during your pregnancy. Because pregnancy is expensive and can cause a financial burden for many prospective birth mothers, adoption professionals will also provide adoption assistance for expenses like:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Groceries
  • Maternity clothes
  • Transportation
  • And more

However, any free services or free items for women considering placing a newborn for adoption will be subject to not only North Carolina adoption laws but also a woman’s individual situation. For example, a prospective birth mother who is living with her parents during her pregnancy and doesn’t pay rent will receive less adoption financial assistance than a single mother of two choosing adoption for her unborn baby.

In order to receive the adoption financial assistance you need during your adoption journey, you will need to work with an appropriate adoption professional from the beginning. Consider one of the experienced adoption attorneys at our law firm or an adoption counselor at the local adoption agency directed by one of our attorneys.

In North Carolina, you can receive this financial assistance throughout your pregnancy and up to six weeks after you give birth.

Why Does the Birth Mother Get “Paid” for Adoption-Related Expenses?

Remember, a prospective birth mother can never be directly “paid” to choose adoption. However, many prospective birth mothers view the adoption financial assistance they receive as an important part of their adoption decision.

Choosing to place a baby for adoption is a difficult enough decision for pregnant women to make and worrying about the potential costs of adoption can make this decision even harder. Therefore, adoption professionals ensure it is free to “give a baby up” for adoption in North Carolina — so a woman can choose what she thinks is right for her baby, regardless of her personal financial situation.

Some pregnant women are concerned that what seems to be “payment” for birth mothers may force them into an adoption before they are ready. However, know that North Carolina financial assistance for adoption does not mean you are obligated to choose adoption for your baby. You will always have the right to change your mind at any time prior to signing the consent paperwork, even if you do take advantage of the free services and support offered to you. By law in North Carolina, payments made to a woman making an adoption plan are not contingent upon her placing her baby for adoption.

For many prospective birth mothers, the free services offered during the adoption process can help them make the difficult but rewarding choice of giving their child the best life possible with an adoptive family.

Those who are asking, “Can I get money for giving my baby up for adoption in North Carolina?” should contact a local adoption professional to learn more about what kind of adoption financial assistance is possible in their situation and how to get started with their adoption process today. To speak with the adoption attorneys at the Parker Herring Law Group PLLC, please call 919-821-1860 or contact us online.