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How Much Does It Cost to Place My Child for Adoption?

Unplanned pregnancies make up 49% of all pregnancies in the United States. If you’re in this scary and confusing situation, you may decide to place your baby for adoption. Coming to this decision raises many questions, such as “How much would placing my child for adoption cost?”

We at Open Arms Adoptions provide free adoption services for pregnant women. We understand the weight of your decision; that’s why we offer confidential and obligation-free support as you explore options. Our compassionate team creates a safe and supportive environment for you to share your feelings about pregnancy, parenting, and adoption. We believe such conversations should happen in private and without financial barriers.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the adoption support and resources available to expectant moms and how they can lessen your load in this profound journey.

Comprehensive Support Services

The compassionate social workers here at Open Arms Adoptions care for you and your child. We stand by you every step of the way, listening with open hearts and providing guidance and assistance throughout your adoption journey. We strive to support you holistically, from counseling to practical help and post-placement support. We are also an understanding community where you can find the guidance and assistance you need to navigate this journey with strength and resilience.

Counseling and Emotional Support

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The adoption process can be a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with highs and lows, uncertainty, and profound moments of reflection. 

You don’t have to walk through it alone—our caring counselors will walk with you. We provide a safe space where you can comfortably express and process your thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment or pressure. You can be honest and open with us as you navigate pregnancy and adoption.

Our personalized and confidential adoption support services will meet you where you are emotionally, offering pre- and post-adoption counseling to address a wide range of emotional concerns. We aim to guide on identity, attachment, loss, and other aspects of the adoptive world. We’re here to listen genuinely and equip you with coping strategies.

Legal Assistance and Paperwork

Legal Assistance and Paperwork in adoption

Facing the legal aspects of adoption can feel confusing. You have to deal with a lot of paperwork that may seem overwhelming.

Part of Open Arms Adoptions’ free adoption services is to handle these things so that you can focus on other aspects of the adoption journey. Here’s how.

  • Legal Guidance. We provide an attorney to each of our birth parents free of charge. It will be your attorney’s job to explain your legal rights and responsibilities, outline the legal process of placing a child for adoption, and clarify any legal terms or procedures that might be unfamiliar to you. 
  • Paperwork Assistance. Open Arms Adoptions can help you complete the necessary paperwork for the adoption process. We ensure that all your paperwork is accurate and meets the legal requirements. We also submit them for you.
  • Transparency and Confidentiality: We prioritize transparency and confidentiality in all legal matters related to adoption. Additionally, we protect your privacy, ensuring that all sensitive information shared during the legal process remains secure.

Living Expenses Support

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Facing an unplanned pregnancy can bring immense financial challenges. We can help ease your burden. No more long nights of worrying and thinking, “How much would placing my child for adoption cost?”

As permitted by Ohio state laws, Open Arms Adoptions can provide up to $3,000 in living expenses for birth mothers. These living expenses cover essential costs to promote your well-being during pregnancy and postpartum. 

  • Rent. We can provide financial assistance for housing or rental costs so that you have a safe and stable home throughout the adoption process.
  • Utilities. We can handle utility bills such as electricity, heating, and water to maintain comfortable living conditions. 
  • Food. You may receive financial assistance for groceries and essential food items to ensure access to nutritious meals throughout your pregnancy and recovery.
  • Transportation. In some cases, we can assist with transportation costs for medical appointments.
  • Community Programs. Your adoption assessor will work with you to identify resources in your community. Our hope is that the assistance we provide, both directly and through helping you sign up for services, leaves you in a better place long after we’re out of your life.

Flexible and Personalized Adoption Plans

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No one size fits all adoption plans. That’s why we work closely with you to develop a flexible and dynamic adoption plan. Our team takes the time to listen and tailor our support services to your history, preferences, and background.

Your journey through pregnancy and adoption can also take many unexpected twists and turns. We commit to personalized adoption plans with flexible solutions based on your changing needs.

Recognizing the uniqueness of each birth parent paves the way to creating the best adoption plans. Our team prioritizes your needs and ongoing life experiences so that we can pivot no matter what happens. We value your voice and respect your preferences. Together, we can create a plan that reflects your wishes and ensures that your journey through adoption is as comfortable and empowering as possible.

Ensuring Birth Parent’s Well-Being

Our relationship with you doesn’t end after placement. Committed to the well-being of birth parents, we will continue to provide whatever emotional or practical support you need. Our team works hard to provide ongoing support before, during, and after the child’s birth, extending even after a successful adoption. You can find all the care and support you may need to help you heal and embrace your journey as a birth parent.

Transparency in Services

You deserve to be informed and empowered throughout the adoption process. We recognize that this journey can be filled with anxiety and emotional turmoil, which is why we prioritize building trust and fostering open communication. Our compassionate counselors will tirelessly address every concern, ensuring you’re heard, validated, and understood. We work to create an environment where birth mothers can openly communicate and confidently make decisions aligned with their values.


The question “How much does placing my child for adoption cost?” goes beyond money. A lot goes into the decision you’re about to make, but you don’t have to process it alone. 

Let us join you on the journey. Open Arms Adoptions will meet you with deep care and empathy. We provide free, comprehensive, and supportive adoption services for pregnant women. We believe in creating a safe opportunity to explore your options with hope. 
Feel free to talk to us. Contact Open Arms Adoptions today, and let us guide you on the adoption process.

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Open Arms Adoptions is 501(c)3 non-profit agency licensed by the State of Ohio.

Our mission is to provide a loving, stable home to every child in need. We work tirelessly to create an environment that embraces the unique set of circumstances each of our birth parents, prospective adoptive parents and children bring to us. 
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