Adoption Costs

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, including:

  • What happens to our money if the birth mother decides to parent?
  • How does American Adoptions ensure we adopt within our budget?
  • How does American Adoptions handle living expenses to birth mothers?

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.


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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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