The cost of adopting a child can vary greatly based on a few available processes. Choosing a county program can save a lot of money, for example, while adopting from a foreign country through a private adoption agency may fulfill a wish to create an international family. Turning to a nonprofit organization may provide a meaningful way to go, as well. Whichever avenue you choose, it’s wise to have an understanding of the costs involved before you get started.
The general price range for adopting in county starts at zero and tops out around $1,000, according to the Independent Adoption Center. Often – but not always – children from these adoptions are older than those from private adoptions, which can make parents wary if they initially hoped to raise a child from birth. Still, the affordability of county adoptions compared to all other types makes county adoptions the most accessible option out there. Fees from a county adoption, if any, come mainly from home visits or attorney fees when a lawyer is hired.
A survey from Adoptive Families Magazine found that out of 1,100 families, the average cost for a domestic adoption through an agency is $40,000. Of this number, the bulk of the cost is attributed to agency fees, averaging about $17,000, and legal fees totaling $4,100. The remainder includes advertising and networking, birth mother expenses, and other costs.
According to the same survey, private domestic adoptions were slightly less expensive than adoptions arranged through an agency. The average cost of domestic adoptions where parents met with a birth mother on their own is $34,100. Of this amount, $12,700 is legal fees and $3,400 is agency fees, and the remainder comes from other expenses.
International adoptions are the most expensive. From visas, citizen applications, travel costs, and agency fees to a myriad of other incidentals that pop up throughout the process, these adoption processes can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. The costs vary based on the country of origin. The website American Adoptions cites China as number one of four significant countries of origin from which Americans adopt children. The cost is an average of $36,338 for couples who adopted from 2012-2013. Ethiopia is the most expensive, with $45,960 that same year. South Korea and Ukraine rank as other popular adoption countries. These numbers tend to change dramatically when countries modify their adoption laws. Check out the YouCaring post that breaks down international adoption costs in greater detail.
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