Placing a baby for adoption is a deeply personal and emotional decision. There are many different aspects to think about and to choose between. How you’ll cope and the best way to make a plan of adoption are among them. Then there’s the finances. Figuring out how you will pay for the doctor’s appointments and support yourself when you’re not able to make ends meets normally.
Don’t worry. Adoption Choices of Colorado has you covered! Our agency is happy to provide court approved living expenses for birth mothers in need. These can include: rent, utilities, food, sundries and your phone bill. The exact amount of court approved expenses may vary depending on your state, but we want to help as much as possible.
Finances can be an overwhelming topic, and feel like a burden when you’re providing for yourself. That’s why there are resources — including scholarships and grants — available to help. To help take some of the stress and anxiety away. From pregnancy-related medical and hospital costs to counseling fees, you have options. Below are great resources to keep in mind:
- Colorado 211 – helps you meet both your financial and basic needs. If you need assistance paying your monthly bills or other expenses, there is personal financial counseling available that will help point you in the right direction. They will do a complete assessment of your income, expenses, debts, taxes and any other relevant factors and create a short-term plan. A repayment plan will also be mapped out with you.
- Medicaid – provides health coverage to millions of Americans, and is funded jointly by the states and federal government. To learn more about their eligibility requirements, be sure to check out their website.
- Churches – talk to your church or a church local to your area about any assistance they can offer you. They are an excellent resource with connecting you to people who can help, or to programs available in the surrounding community.
Basic / Nutritional Needs
Taking care of yourself during pregnancy — especially when you’re considering adoption — is paramount. So, you’ll want to do whatever you can to ensure a healthy pregnancy before adoption. If you’re unable to do this on your own, the following options are available to help. Each of the listed items operate through Colorado Works and the Colorado Department of Health Services.
- SNAP – Also known as the program that offers food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits for those who are in need. This program permits the purchase of healthy food options and encourages those in the program towards self-sufficiency through building budgeting skills. Those found eligible will receive an EBT card that they can use at most grocery stores. Each month, the allotted amount will upload automatically onto the card.
- TANF – Colorado’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) also helps those in the assistance program to become self-sufficient through strengthening economic and social stability. It provides both food and financial assistance, and offers education on how you can still eat healthfully on a limited budget.
- WIC – not to be mistaken with food stamps, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) provides eligible pregnant and postpartum women with nutritional counseling, food assistance, and healthcare referrals. It is a government-funded program that is available in every state.
Deciding to place your baby for adoption is an emotion-filled journey. It’s not easy to make alone. Here at Adoption Choices of Colorado, we want to support you however we can. We know how important it is for you to stay healthy and feel taken care of throughout the process, and have counseling services available to help you put together a customized plan that you are 100% comfortable with. Legal representation is also provided at no cost to you.
Our counseling services extend to the birth father and any other children who would like it as well. Adoption is in an intricate process, and we want you to have as much support, love and care as possible so that you feel confident about whatever the future brings you.
Birth Mother Adoption Assistance
Every state is slightly different, so be sure to consult with your adoption agency or professional to help guide you to the best resources.
Adoption Choices of Colorado
For more information on adoption please contact Adoption Choices of Colorado. We can be reached via our website or phone 303-670-4401.
Support Adoption Choices
Adoption Choices, Inc. is partnering with Crowdrise, a fundraising website for nonprofits, to help our adoptive parents and birth parents with much needed financial assistance. We understand that expenses keep clients from fulfilling their dreams. Both with birth parents making a plan for adoption, and with adoptive parents growing their family. It is our mission to provide financial assistance through grants and scholarships, awarded annually in November, in honor of National Adoption Month. Funds assist adoptive parents with matching and placements, adoption finalization and helping birth mothers improve their lives through higher education — and much more.
However, we can’t do it alone. Please read up on our programs and donate money where you are able. Your donation will make a huge impact.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.
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