Adoption Myth: “It’s Too Expensive”

For You From The Word

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, ESV)

For You To Think About

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Pregnant woman getting ultrasound from doctor in hospitalWomen and men who face an unplanned pregnancy – and those who love them – can easily buy into accepted myths about the adoption option.

One of those myths is this: “It’s too expensive.”

In terms of financial expenses, this myth is completely false.

The truth is that domestic adoption expenses are free for the woman choosing to place her child. Costs for medical care, legal fees, case management, and counseling are covered by the adoptive family. Further, pregnant mothers in some states may be eligible for expenses related to rent, transportation, utilities, groceries, cell phone, and maternity clothes during pregnancy.

Yet other expenses are associated with carrying a child to term and placing the child for adoption.

  • There are physical costs: a woman faces nine months of pregnancy including childbirth and delivery.
  • There are emotional costs: how she interacts with others may change. Family members and friends may reject her, act differently towards her, or grow closer to her. She will grapple with feelings of accomplishment, guilt, anger, regret, and strength.
  • There are vocational costs: a woman’s life trajectory may be altered, whether in postponing education or training, lost time at work, or a change in direction altogether.

Bringing a life into the world has a cost.

God allowed His Son to be born – and to die for us. He knows the costs better than we do.

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,

Thank you for the gift of life. Speak to women who face an unplanned pregnancy. Help them to make the choice that is best for themselves and their baby.

In Jesus name, Amen.

More about Adoption

Adoption Myth: Placing Means You’ll Forget Your Child

Adoption Myth: Placing Means Giving Up a Child

Resources to Check Out If You’re Considering Adoption

One Woman’s Story of Healing After an Unplanned Pregnancy


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