Approximately 21 States also specify expenses that the adoptive
parent is not permitted to pay. These include educational expenses,
vehicles, vacations, permanent housing, or any other payment for the
monetary gain of the birth parent. In six other States, the statutes
do not specify the types of expenses that are not allowed, but do
include language indicating that any expense not expressly permitted
cannot be paid by the adoptive parents.
In addition to regulating the type of expenses that can be paid,
a few States have set time limits, typically four to eight weeks, on
how long after the birth of the child an adoptive parent is required
to continue payments for the birth mother's living expenses or
This material has been
reproduced from the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse.