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How Much Does an Adoption Home Study Cost?

A Breakdown of Typical Home Study Fees

One of the main worries hopeful adoptive families have about the adoption process is the overall cost. But understanding all of the valuable resources your money goes to is beneficial.

Many services impact the total cost associated with the adoption process, and one of those is the adoption home study. A family considering any type of adoption will need to complete one. The point of the home study is to protect the child by ensuring a family is truly prepared for the responsibility that comes with adoption.

To get more information about American Adoptions' current cost estimates for adoptive families or to begin your home study process, select your state below.

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How Much Does a Home Study Cost?

The adoption home study cost can vary widely but typically ranges from $900 to $3,000. The unique details of your circumstances will determine where your home study cost will fall in that range. As one of the beginning stages of a hopeful adoptive family’s adoption journey, it involves many helpful and cost-worthy resources, such as:

  • A professional social worker

  • Adoption agency

  • Lots of paperwork

What Determines the Adoption Home Study Cost?

There isn’t a flat rate for home study costs. Each situation is different, and there are several factors that can influence the adoption home study fees you will see. The type of adoption can change the cost — international home studies often cost more than domestic home studies. The state you live in can also cause the home study cost to go up or down, as some states have stricter standards that increase costs.

The home study professional you work with will also influence the price. Professionals structure their fees differently, and a family will often pay fees for services such as:

Can I Find a More Affordable Home Study?

Families who are concerned about the cost of adoption may look to the adoption home study as a cost-cutting option. There has to be a way to find a more affordable adoption home study, right? The answer is yes, but there are significant potential drawbacks.

Every part of the adoption process is highly technical, and it takes many different professionals to complete an adoption successfully. As with any other part of the adoption process, you get what you pay for when it comes to home studies. If an organization quotes you a home study cost that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

In some cases, it is possible to receive a low-cost or free home study from a public agency when completing a foster care adoption. This is good news for anyone who is pursuing this type of adoption, but you don’t need to adjust your entire adoption plan just because there may be a free home study involved.

How Can I Get the Most from My Adoption Home Study Costs?

Every home study provider is different. Not only will home study costs vary, but so will the quality of services they provide. As you search for potential home study providers, knowing what to look for and asking detailed questions about each professional's fee structure and services is necessary. 

To get the most out of your adoption home study costs, you should look for things like:

Emphasis on Timely Service

We have found that completing the home study as quickly as possible is a high priority for many families, but not all home study providers place an emphasis on speed. Ask how quickly the organization processes the home study and how long it will take to schedule the in-home visit.

Licensed by the State

There are many organizations that claim to offer home study services but are not fully licensed by the state. In these cases, you may not know there is an issue until the finalization hearing when the home study is called into question.

The safest route is always to work with a fully-licensed agency.

American Adoptions will give hopeful adoptive families a clear cost and fee structure breakdown so they know exactly what to expect with things such as the home study.

Additionally, we provide high-quality and comprehensive home study services, but if we don’t cover your state, we will help you find a safe provider who won’t charge unnecessarily increased costs to complete your home study.

Experience and Expertise

How many home studies does the agency process each year? How are the social workers certified? The more expertise the home study provider has, the smoother the process will be for the family.

Learn More about Adoption Home Study Costs

The best way to find out exactly what your adoption home study costs will be is to contact an adoption professional. You can get more free information online or when you call 1-800-ADOPTION today as you continue your research on the adoption process and home study costs.

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Do we need to retain our own attorney?

No, American Adoptions has established relationships with some of the best adoption attorneys in the nation. Because adoption laws vary from state to state and between counties, it is important to utilize the services of an adoption attorney who specializes in the state where the adoption will finalize, which is unknown until you match with an expectant mother. You have the right to retain your own attorney, but doing so may be an additional, unnecessary expense.

Can we choose the gender of our baby?

American Adoptions does not allow gender specificity in adoption. Any family who wishes to be gender-specific in their adoption should contact us at 1-800-ADOPTION and ask about the possibility of an exception waiver before taking any other steps toward adoption with our agency. Any families who do receive an exception to be gender-specific may also incur an additional fee, which helps cover the additional advertising costs of such a request.

Please note that gender specificity will likely increase your wait time significantly.

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