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What If I Can’t Afford To Raise a Child?

June 4, 2023

If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, it’s normal to have a lot of questions about the path forward. Many birth mothers feel anxious about the cost of raising a child, and it can be a key factor in choosing to make an adoption plan. If you’re unsure of what to do next, it’s important to consider all of your options.

The Cost of Raising a Child

The cost of raising a child in the United States can vary depending on factors such as the family’s income, location, lifestyle, and individual choices. According to a recent US Department of Agriculture report, it has been evaluated that an average middle-income family spends between $12,000 and $14,000 on child-related expenses each year. 

These numbers can feel overwhelming if you aren’t in a stable financial situation. It can be very stressful to raise a child in uncertain financial circumstances, especially if you don’t have a strong support system. The cost of childcare alone can cause a lot of anxiety for an expecting mother. Many birth mothers come to us stating that the cost of raising a child is one of the number one reasons why they are considering adoption. 

How to Make An Adoption Plan

If you don’t feel that you can afford to raise a child at this time, it’s important to reflect on your personal circumstances and reasons for considering adoption. Think about what you are looking for in potential adoptive parents for your child. It’s also important to consider whether you prefer an open adoption (maintaining contact with the child and adoptive family) or a closed adoption (no contact).

Some birth moms reach out to trusted friends, family members, or support groups to discuss the options regarding an adoption plan. It can be helpful to talk to others who have gone through the adoption process or seek counseling from professionals experienced in adoption. Even if you don’t have a strong support system, our care team will still help guide you through the process. They can also provide guidance, explain legal processes, and help connect you with prospective adoptive families who align with your values.

Remember, the adoption process can be emotional and complex, and it’s important to take your time, seek support, and make choices that feel right for you and your preborn child. Working closely with professionals and utilizing available resources will help you navigate the process and make the best decisions possible for you and your preborn child.