You pay rent, groceries, gas, and personal health expenses every single month. You may have loans to pay off, credit card debt, or a car payment. Adding an unplanned pregnancy on top of the list of an already overwhelming list of expenses can be stressful. If you have found yourself asking, "Is giving a baby up for adoption free?", you are not alone.
To put the answer simply, if you choose to place your baby for adoption with Texas Adoption Center, YES! It is free. But what about the other costs associated with pregnancy? Surely, dietary needs, transportation costs, health insurance, and other pregnancy-related costs must be expensive.
So what now?
Find a Local Adoption Center
Although there are many adoption centers that exist on a National level, we recommend finding one on a local level.
Go for a professional agency. Standard agencies will answer all your questions and address your fears, if it feels like they're trying to hide something from you, run.
Check for positive proof. An agency with bad reviews is not one you should trust with your baby. Yeah, some new agencies may not have lots of reviews to their name but they should have quality recommendations.
And look for red flags. Adoption is a very sensitive topic so adoption centers are usually licensed by the government. Make sure they're very open about their financial policies, you don't want to miss any hidden charges.
Schedule a Call With an Adoption Specialist
Before finalizing things with any agency, get on the phone with them. That's because there are many things to discuss. You should know about the different types of adoptions offered at the center, spend time understanding how the process for one type differs from the next. Look at the other parents who've also given up their babies and see what you can learn from them.
All these are just some of the benefits of scheduling that call because you just won't know some of the important details without it.
Designing Your Adoption Plan
It's okay to look at the different options you're offered, but don't feel pressured to make a choice that makes you uncomfortable. Your adoption center should guide you with creating a good plan. The plan is important because it determines how close you’ll be with your baby's adoptive family before and after the adoption.
Get Your Needs Met While Pregnant
Putting your baby up for adoption is not an easy thing to do, and most reputable agencies would understand this. From having to deal with potential backlash from family members to all the emotional and financial struggles that come with pregnancy itself, it's a period you need support.
Don't be shy to ask for medical help too. Many agencies love getting involved.
Resources for Further Reading
- So, You’re Pregnant? Here’s Your Options…
- You Can Choose from 3 Types of Adoptions
- What to Expect from the Texas Adoption Center
- An Overview of the Adoption Process
- Take a Look at These Families Waiting to Adopt
Adoption shouldn't be a complicated process, and the right agency will support you every step of the way. Take a look at the above article to understand how it all works, and feel free to contact us with your questions.