The results of the latest annual Adoptive Families Magazine Adoption Cost Survey.
How much does adoption cost? The average cost, as reported in the latest Adoptive Families magazine adoption cost survey (2012-2013), was around $30,000 (before the federal tax credit and employee adoption benefits).
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 $35,000.
- U.S. foster adoption is the least expensive adoption route, by a significant margin. 69% of survey respondents reported less than $1,000 in expenses.
- 78% of respondents who adopted from foster care receive an ongoing monthly subsidy. On average, these families reported receiving $707 per month.
- 38% 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 (72%) of “false starts” cost less than $5,000.
Download a PDF of adoption expenses by category.
Average Expenses, by Adoption Route