Adoption costs exist because a successful adoption requires many skilled professionals and their respective services. The costs of adopting a child include:
American Adoptions offers an extensive list of services to birth parents, as well as benefits to adoptive families, such as short wait times and low disruption rates. In order to cover these services and other costs of adoption, your fees are put toward advertising, financial and emotional birth parent support, sound legal and home study work, as well as continued training and staff support for our dedicated social workers.
|Many couples are often overwhelmed by the cost when they begin looking into adoption. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of an adoption, including the cost of the necessary legal work, advertising fees, travel expenses, etc.|
|There are more services and expenses involved in the adoption process than many initially realize. Below is an itemized list of possible private adoption costs in domestic adoptions. The list below may help you understand the services and costs of private adoption.|
|American Adoptions’ costs may, at first, seem higher than other adoption professionals, but it’s important to understand why. American Adoptions is a full-service adoption agency that operates nationwide, so our estimates often represent national variances.|
|When deciding between state and private adoption, many couples first investigate private and state adoption costs. At first glance, the cost of state adoptions can seem more appealing.|
|For some adoptive families, the concept of financially assisting a pregnant woman may be difficult to embrace. You may find yourself wondering why a birth mother’s living expenses should be added to adoption expenses for families. This is a completely normal, understandable reaction.|
Learn what a home study is and why you need one to adopt a child.
While adoption home studies vary slightly from agency to agency and state to state, there are several key elements that are almost always included in every home study.
Find a qualified professional in your state to complete your home study.
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.
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.
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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