Adoption Costs

By far, the most common question we receive from prospective adoptive families is, "How much does adopting a baby with American Adoptions cost?" In the articles below, you will find the answer to this question, as well as many other questions you may have about the costs of adopting.

How Much Does It Cost To Adopt A Child?

Bringing a baby into your home requires lots of work. This list of private adoption costs will help you understand how much it costs to adopt a child.

Helping You Adopt Within Your Budget

To help you adopt within your budget, we are honest about our adoption costs and offer solutions to combat any hidden costs.

Five Common Questions About Adoption Costs

The following are five questions about adoption costs that you should ask adoption professionals, along with American Adoptions’ policy on each.

Comparing the Costs of Domestic, International and Foster Care Adoption

Understanding the costs of each type of adoption and the services your money goes toward is essential to choosing the best method of adoption for your family.

Explaining Adoption Living Expenses

Learn how our staff and attorneys make sure birth mother living expenses are being spent appropriately and handled legally within the state’s laws.

Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

Many adoptive families are concerned about adoption maternity leave or paternity leave. First, because they need to plan to stay in the state where their child is born for an average of 7 to 10 business days to comply with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). And second, because they understandably desire additional adoption maternity or paternity time with their child when they get to bring him or her home.

2016 Adoption Tax Credit Information

Some adoptive families find that adopting a child can put a strain on family finances. But there are several available adoption tax credits and benefits that may be able to offset your adoption expenses.

Adoption Loans and Grants

While it's far from ideal to borrow money for adoption, adoptive families may find that taking out an adoption loan is necessary to cover the large and immediate expenses. In some cases, adoptive families may be able to quickly pay back an adoption loan once they receive a tax credit or are reimbursed by an employer or the military. And in some instances, adoptive families may even be able to get an adoption grant to pursue their dreams of parenthood.

Employer-Provided Adoption Benefits

Employer-provided adoption benefits for adoptive families continue to be a growing trend. In 1990, a survey by Hewitt Associates found that only 12 percent of employers surveyed offered some kind of adoption benefits; by 1995, the proportion had climbed to 23 percent. ...

Prosper Healthcare Lending

Prosper Healthcare Lending is another potential adoption finance option for our families.

Financial Protection for Adoption Disruptions

Not only does American Adoptions do everything we can to limit adoption disruptions, but we also offer unique adoption disruption insurance through our Risk-Sharing Program.

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  • What is the total cost for the entire adoption?

    There are several factors that determine the total cost for an adoption, including the program you choose. Variables such as medical bills, birth mother expenses and legal fees vary for each adoption. We strive to maintain affordable adoptions without cutting corners. Please see the Our Domestic Adoption Programs section for further details.

  • Can we choose the gender of our baby?

    Have your heart set on a bouncing baby boy or a new little princess? American Adoptions now offers a gender-specific option for families hoping for a specific gender. With this option families would pay an additional Gender-Specific Fee to help our agency locate and work with birth mothers meeting this additional criteria. Please note that gender specificity may increase wait time. This fee is in addition to all other program fees and is not considered part of your adoption budget. Please contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION for minimum budget details.

  • Do we need to retain our own attorney?

    No - American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. It is important to note that adoption laws vary state-to-state and often even county-to-county. As such, it is important to utilize the services of an attorney that specializes in adoption in the state the adoption will finalize in, which we will not know until you are matched with an expectant mother. Retaining your own attorney at this time is not necessary and may be an additional expense to you that is not needed.

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