Placing a baby for adoption is a deeply personal and emotional decision. Not to mention all the different aspects to take into consideration. How you’ll cope and the best way to make a plan of adoption 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 meet normally is nothing short of overwhelming.
Don’t worry. Adoption Choices of Oklahoma has you covered! There are many financial assistance resources for birth mothers available! In fact, 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.
Financial Assistance Options
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. From pregnancy-related medical and hospital costs, counseling fees, adoption assistance and disability services, you have options! Below are great resources to keep in mind:
- Homeless Prevention — if you are facing possible eviction or homelessness, there are programs in Oklahoma that can provide you with short term housing and security deposit assistance. You may also be eligible to receive a grant or legal aid. For more information, visit Oklahoma eviction and homeless prevention.
- Social Services and Cash Assistance— low income families can qualify for government assistance in Oklahoma. These resources can help eligible candidates with basic needs such as rent, food, medications and health care. To learn more, be sure to check out the available programs through Oklahoma public assistance.
- 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 or visit the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) for information about the SoonerCare program.
- 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 Oklahoma’s Department of Health Services (DHS).
- SNAP – also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides monthly nutrition benefits based on your household size, income and allowed expenses. Those found eligible will receive an ACCESS Oklahoma EBT card that can be used at most grocery stores. Once you apply, it may take up to 30 days to receive benefits. If you qualify for the expedited food benefits, however, you could recieve them much faster. Reach out to your local Oklahoma DHS office to find out more.
- TANF – or, Oklahoma’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), provides temporary cash assistance to low income families. Particularly those with children who are deprived of parental support due to: absence, death, incapacity or chronic employment of one or both biological parents. Those who apply must agree to an in-person interview at your local DHS office to determine eligibility. This cannot be completed over the phone.
- WIC – not to be mistaken with food stamps, the Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC) provides qualifying pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five with nutritional benefits chosen specifically from a list of approved foods. WIC offers information about healthy eating and promotes active lifestyles to all those in the program, along with nutrition education in three formats: online, interactive and private consultations. Pregnant women are eligible to receive prenatal care and children regular medical care. Each participant in WIC gets at least one referral to a healthcare or social services program.
Deciding to place your baby for adoption is an emotion-filled journey. It’s not easy to make alone. Here at Adoption Choices of Oklahoma, we are here to support you as you create your adoption plan. We know how important it is for you to stay healthy and feel taken care of throughout the process, which is why you will be assigned a qualified Birth Parent Counselor specialized in meeting your needs. You will be treated with the utmost respect at our agency.
Legal representation and counseling services are provided at no cost to you. Your extended family can also receive counseling before and after birth if they would like as well. We are available by phone at 800.898.6028 or by text at (405) 378-4029 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also email us.
Financial Assistance Resources for Birth Mothers
Trying to figure out finances on top of coping with an unplanned pregnancy can heighten your stress and anxiety levels and make life difficult to handle overall. But you’re not in this alone. There are many financial assistance resources for birth mothers available to help make your adoption journey go as smoothly as possible.
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.
Adoption Choices of Oklahoma
If you are currently in the process of adopting a baby and have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact, Adoption Choices of Oklahoma. You may visit our website here or call 405-794-7500 (Oklahoma City) or 918-982-6220 (Tulsa).
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 a book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.