The cost of adopting a child is going to depend on what form of adoption
you are pursuing. Here are a few examples of the costs. The cost will also
depend on your state’s requirements/costs.
Adopting a child in the domestic realm will cost on average between $10,000
and $30,000. These fees will include the adoption agency fees, court costs,
attorneys fees, etc. This is why the range is so wide. Each agency will have
their own fees and each state has their own process/court fees.
Adopting a child from foster care is usually a lot less expensive but a lot
of the time it is also a longer process and can be hard on families. The point
of foster care is reunification, not adoption, so the return of the child to
his/her birth family is higher in foster care. A lot of times, the children are
also older when adopting from foster care. The cost of adopting a child from
foster care will also vary depending on the state you reside in. It could cost
you as little as nothing to roughly $1,000. Again, some of these fees will have
to be paid to the court or attorneys.
Adopting a child internationally will most likely be the most expensive.
One of the reasons is the travel cost of getting to the child’s country of
origin. It also is a longer process, because many of the different countries
have longer waiting periods or “rules” in adopting their children. On average
an international adoption will cost approximately $20,000 - $40,000. Again,
these fees will depend on the agency, the country you are adopting from, and
your state regulations/fees.
I would highly suggest meeting with an adoption professional and/or agency
before making a decision to adopt based on the cost of adopting. You can usually
get a rough estimate of the cost based on information they provide on their website.
There is also a lot of information out
there for adoption grants, loans, and ways to afford adoption.
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