How Much Does Adoption Cost?
Adoption expenses vary depending on the type of adoption and the location of the birthmother and adoptive parents. All adoptions have two significant costs: Time and Money.
The average cost of adoption, as reported in the latest Adoptive Families adoption cost survey (2010-2011), was around $30,000.
Highlights of the adoption cost survey:
- The majority of domestic newborn adoptions cost between $20,000 and $40,000, while a strong majority of international adoptions cost more than $25,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from Korea is about $38,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from Ethiopia is about $28,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from China is about $29,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from Russia is about $50,000.
- 35 percent of domestic adopters had at least one “false start,” in which adoptive parents worked with one or more birthmothers before a match that succeeded.
- The majority (71%) of “false starts” cost less than $5,000.
In depth Time and Cost breakdowns for various adoption options can be found here.
One of the biggest ways that you can help us adopt is to give. We know for many people (like ourselves) money is tight and there isn’t much wiggle room in the budget. We can’t thank you enough for helping us make our dream of having a family a reality by supporting our adoption process financially.
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