Pregnancy and Unemployment Due to COVID-19
Nobody could’ve predicted the unprecedented times we are living in today. Unless you are clairvoyant, you’re living through something you could not have imagined a year ago. Much of the country is unemployed, having previously worked in jobs that could not operate at the same capacity during the pandemic.
If you find yourself pregnant and unemployed during this time and want to place your baby for adoption, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by your circumstances. You may wonder how you can pay for doctor visits, maternity clothing and the birth of your child. However, there is no need to worry. Your adoption plan during unemployment does not need to look so different from “normal” times. Remember, Adoption Choices of New York is here for you; we will support your adoption plan and we have many solutions for you if you are pregnant and unemployed due to COVID-19.
Financial Support for Your Adoption Plan during the COVID-19 Pandemic
One thing you should know is that it costs nothing to place your baby for adoption. Nor do you receive money for your baby. However, you may be able to receive financial assistance for the costs of living, including, but not limited to:
- Transportation to and from doctor’s appointments
- Medical expenses
- Maternity clothes
This financial assistance may come from the adoptive family and our agency. Pregnancy can be stressful enough, especially during a pandemic. As a birth mother looking to place your child for adoption, you are already making an incredibly selfless choice, which can be emotionally draining. You should not have to bear financial burdens on top of everything else. The goal is to relieve any financial burden possible from the birth mother. Adoption Choices of New York will work with the adoptive family to do so. We want you to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.
How much financial help can I get?
The exact financial assistance you will receive may vary based on a variety of circumstances. Your precise needs are a big factor. Knowing that you are pregnant and unemployed due to COVID-19, you may have a family member who has already stepped up to support you. However, if you were to lose the support of that family member, for example, you may receive additional financial support. As your living expenses change, the amount of support given to you by Adoption Choices of New York and the adoptive family will rise to meet those changes. The amount the adoptive family is able to provide may also affect the support you receive, but Adoption Choices will work with the adoptive family to meet your needs.
A court will often need to approve your financial support as reasonable. “Reasonable,” in this case, usually means no luxury items — only those needed for your and baby’s health and wellbeing can be approved. This may vary based on local laws, but, ultimately, our agency and the adoptive family will provide what is necessary.
Pregnant and Unemployed during COVID-19
If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and unemployment during COVID-19, you need not worry about affording adoption or your pregnancy. We at Adoption Choices of New York make it our goal to see you through a happy, healthy pregnancy, despite the challenges. We are committed to working with the adoptive family to provide you with the support you need for your adoption plan. This is a stressful time, and we will do everything in our power to alleviate that stress for you.
Meet the Author: Tara Giuffre has always loved reading and writing and grew up in the worlds of Narnia, Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Taking this passion for stories, she received a degree from Rutgers University in Journalism & Media. Besides writing, she likes long walks on the beach, spending time with her family (and her cat, Sansa), and baking the perfect loaf of bread.
During her internship with Adoption Choices, she is looking forward to sharing vital information about adoption to families making important choices.