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Adoption Cost Breakdowns

For an overview of the average adoption cost by type, see the categories below. Don’t forget that the cost of adoption will be offset by the federal adoption tax credit (unless your income exceeds federal limitations) so make sure to keep detailed records of your spending for adoption.

CHINA ADOPTION COST BREAKDOWN

Homestudy

$1,000–$3,000

Documentation & Authentication

$1,000–$3,000

I-600 Visa Application

$700–$900

Postage/Telephone

$200–$500

Application Fee

$150–$600

Program Fee

$5,000- $10,000 [2]

Child’s Passport/Visa

$300-$400

Child’s medical exams

$100-$200

Gifts

$100-$200

Foreign Fees

$2,000

Orphanage Donation

$5,000

Post Placement Fees [1]

$300-$1,000

Airfare, Hotels, etc.

$5,000-$15,000

AVERAGE COST (before tax credit)

$20,000-$40,000

MAXIMUM TAX CREDIT [3]

$13,190 per finalization

 

ETHIOPIA ADOPTION COST BREAKDOWN

Homestudy

$1,000-$3,000

Documentation & Authentication

$1,000-$3,000

I-600 Visa Application

$700–$900

Postage/Telephone

$200-$500

Application Fee

$150-$600

Program Fee

$10,000–$15,000

Child’s Passport/Visa

$200-$500

Child’s medical exams

$300-$600

Gifts

$100-$200

Post Placement Fees[1]

$500-$2,000

Airfare, Hotels, etc.

$5,000-$10,000

AVERAGE COST (before tax credit)

$30,000-$40,000

MAXIMUM TAX CREDIT [3]

$13,190 per finalization

 

INDEPENDENT DOMESTIC INFANT ADOPTION COST BREAKDOWN

Homestudy

$1,000–$2,000

Documentation & Authentication

$500-$1,000

Postage/Telephone

$200-$500

Post Placement Fees [1]

$400-$1,000

Attorney Fees

$5,000-$15,000

Advertising/Networking

$0-$5,000

Birth Family Counseling

$500-$2,500

Birthmother Expenses

$0-$6,000

Foster Care

$0-$1,000

Airfare, Hotels, Etc.

$0-$5,000

AVERAGE COST (before tax credit)

$20,000-$40,000

MAXIMUM TAX CREDIT[3]

$13,190 per attempt

 

AGENCY DOMESTIC INFANT ADOPTION COST BREAKDOWN

Homestudy

$1,000–$2,000

Documentation & Authentication

$800-$1,200

Postage/Telephone

$200-$500

Application Fee

$100-$600

Program Fee

$5,000–$15,000

Attorney Fees

$1,000-$6,000

Birth Family Counseling

$700-$2,500

Birthmother Expenses

$0-$5,000

Foster Care

$0-$1,000

Airfare, Hotels, Etc.

$0-$3,000

AVERAGE COST (before tax credit)

$20,000-$45,000

MAXIMUM TAX CREDIT [3]

$13,190 per attempt

 

U.S. FOSTER ADOPTION COST BREAKDOWN

Homestudy

$0–$500

Attorney Fees

$0-$1,000

Airfare, Hotels, Etc.

$0-$2,000

AVERAGE COST (before tax credit)

$0-$3,500

MAXIMUM TAX CREDIT [3]

$13,190

 

 

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  • [1] May be included in program fee or homestudy fee.
  • [2] Costs of adopting a child from foster care may be eligible for reimbursement (up to $2,000) by the child’s state, depending on state regulations. Also, adoptions of U.S. children with special needs are eligible for the federal tax credit, regardless of actual expenses.
  • [3] Subject to income limitations. Visit the IRS website for more info.

 

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