Texas law mandates that birth mothers can receive such assistance; however, all financial assistance must come through a Texas licensed Child-Placing Agency. Adoptive parents are not allowed to provide these types of things to birth mothers directly.
Birth mothers can receive help with rent, utilities, phone bill, groceries, hygiene products, transportation, and/or maternity clothing. Any assistance provided must be “reasonable and necessary.” Car payments, car insurance, and deposits for apartments/utilities are not allowable expenses per Texas law and Texas agency licensing requirements.
Our policy is to provide the fees directly to the source, when possible, such as paying the landlord or apartment complex for rent and utility bills directly to the company. For groceries, transportation, maternity clothing, and hygiene products, VISA gift cards are provided and receipts must be provided for goods purchased.