The adoption process can seem so daunting, what with all the
paperwork, meetings, certifications, and other hoops to jump through—but this
is one of the most common questions for those just starting to think about
adoption! Adoption costs can vary greatly, depending on the route you take, with
private adoption costing anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 from start to
If you are adopting an infant from a private agency in the
United States be prepared to spend about $20,000 -$30,000. Agency fees vary
widely, with some agencies charging triple what others charge, so it really is
important to “shop around” when looking for an agency to align yourself with.
In addition, you may be asked to pay for part of the expectant mothers’ medical
and living expenses. Your agency should be transparent with where your money is
going—make sure you choose wisely!
International adoptions are also very expensive. Even if you
go through a Hague Convention Accredited country, you will be paying for a lot
of governmental red tape, in addition to agency and orphanage fees, plus the
costs of travel for you and your child.
Again, you want the most ethical agency that you can find, and a HAC
country is one that works to ensure that you are given the most honest
information about your child and the orphanage from which he came, as well as
working to make sure your fees are actually for adoption, not bribes or hiked-up
Adopting an embryo can cost less than adopting an infant
privately or internationally, but you will then have to pay for either you or
your surrogate’s medical expenses, in addition to the agency and adoption fees.
Finally, adopting a child from the foster care system is one
of the lowest-cost ways to find your forever family. If you are interested in
learning more about how this works, contact your local foster care agency to
start the process!