If one of the worries you have is keeping and maintaining safe housing for your baby, there are many adoption agencies that provide housing help with financial assistance.
In general, there are five housing options that prospective birth mothers considering adoption for their baby can choose from:
- Option 1: Staying in your current home or apartment
- Option 2: Moving into a rental property
- Option 3: Staying in a maternity home or center
- Option 4: Finding short-term housing
- Option 5: Staying with a supportive family member or friend
If you’re ready to talk to an adoption specialist about your living options, you can contact us today. But if you want to find out a bit more about the housing options available to prospective birth moms, continue reading.
Option 1: Staying in Your Home
If you’re wondering, “if I plan on giving my child up for adoption, can they help me with housing even if I stay in my home,” the answer is yes.
You may choose to continue to live in your home if:
- You feel safe and comfortable in your home.
- You have children who feel safe and comfortable in your home.
It’s important to know you can still get housing financial assistance during and throughout your pregnancy if you continue to live in your home, too.
Certain states allow adoption agencies to help you access financial assistance that can help cover your rent or mortgage, housing utilities, and other living expenses. Your adoption specialist will help you determine the exact amount of financial assistance you can receive for maintaining your housing needs.
But, living at home may not be an option for you if your living situation is unsafe.
Option 2: Moving into a Rental Property
If you feel unsafe in your home because you are in an abusive or toxic situation, your adoption specialist can help you get financial assistance to relocate. Adoption agencies that pay for relocation actually provide housing financial assistance to prospective birth mothers who choose to live in a rental property.
Although there are no adoption agencies that pay to relocate you, your adoption specialist can help you get financial assistance to help pay for:
- Part or all of your rent
- Other living expenses
Moving into an apartment or rental home may ultimately make you feel safer and more stable. And often, your adoption specialist can help you find a rental near your current location if you want to remain close to your doctor, school, etc.
Option 3: Staying in a Maternity Home or Maternity Center
You’ve most likely heard of maternity homes or maternity centers.
While maternity homes are not as common as they once were, they are an option for prospective birth moms facing an unexpected pregnancy with a limited support system. Pregnancy center staff often helps women find a job, living assistance, and provides them with additional help.
While adoption agencies that help with housing financial assistance can help prospective birth moms get accepted into one of these homes (sometimes there are waitlists, etc.), some maternity centers also provide adoption services and counseling.
Maternity homes have a few downsides, though:
- Eligibility requirements that not every woman can meet
- Space can be limited, which can impact if a woman can have her children stay with her.
- Home restrictions and rules that residents must follow
- Some homes have religious affiliations, which can sometimes make women feel pressured to follow certain beliefs or make certain decisions about their pregnancies.
- This housing is temporary, and you will need to find new living arrangements after your pregnancy.
Option 4: Finding Short-Term Housing
An adoption specialist also can help you find short-term housing. In general, short-term housing includes regular hotels, extended-stay hotels, and motels. Often, adoption agencies that provide housing financial assistance will make sure that the entirety, or at the very least some of your stay, is covered.
You can find a room at one of these types of locations in your hometown or a town close to your support system.
The pros of choosing short-term housing are:
- You can get away from an unstable housing situation if need be
- You can get away from unsupportive people who may make your pregnancy more difficult.
Short-term housing has a few cons, too:
- Short-term housing may not be helpful if you will eventually need stable long-term housing.
- Short-term housing locations can sometimes feel isolating.
Option 5: Staying With a Supportive Family Member or Friend
If you have a supportive family member or friend, you may decide to stay with them throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. And, if you stay with a member of your support system, you can still get the financial assistance that will cover some of your other living expenses, including utilities, groceries, and more.
The pros of living with a member of your support system include:
- Your support system will provide you with a safe and loving environment.
- Your support system may live close to your location and could help you find a more permanent living situation after you give birth.
However, some prospective birth mothers may find that living with a friend or family member can strain that relationship.
Next Steps Toward Getting Housing Financial Assistance
No matter what living situation you choose, remember that you can work with adoption agencies that provide housing financial assistance. Your adoption specialist will help you determine what living situation is best for you and your baby.
The following are just a few adoption agencies that help with housing financial help:
- American Adoptions
- Gladney Center for Adoption
- Lifeline Child
- National Maternity Housing Coalition
- Youth Emergency Services
Remember: No matter what housing situation you choose, you can receive financial assistance that will help you pay for housing when you’re pregnant. You can reach out to an adoption professional today to find out more information.