Costs of Adoptions

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Is Adopting a Child Expensive?

In most cases, the answer is yes. Whether you choose to adopt a child through an agency or independently, the adoption process can be very costly.

What Are The Costs Involved in an Agency Adoption?

An adoption agency will require you to cover the birthmother's expenses as permitted by state law. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

In addition to the birth mother's expenses, private adoption agencies will charge a fee for use of their services. Some agencies charge a flat fee for adoptions; other agencies use a sliding scale that varies depending on the adoptive parents' financial income. In some circumstances, an agency will charge a lower rate for placing a child with special needs. As a general rule, however, you should be prepared to pay between $1,000 and $6,000 to adopt a young child, and at least $10,000 to adopt a newborn.

How Expensive is a Private Adoption?

The costs for a private adoption vary widely, but generally adoptive parents cover the following expenses:

Some states require the adoptive parents to cover all of the birth mother¿s living expenses during the pregnancy. These expenses include, but are not limited to:

The total cost for a private adoption can often exceed $10,000.

Do I Need an Adoption Lawyer?

Because of the complexity of the adoption process, it may be wise to consult with an experienced family lawyer. Speaking with a family attorney will help you understand your rights and obligations as well as preserve any possible remedies you may have.

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Last Modified: 07-20-2012 02:40 PM PDT

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