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How Much Does Adoption Cost?

The results of the latest annual Adoptive Families Magazine Adoption Cost Survey.

How much does adoption cost? Results from a national survey reveal the current average cost of domestic adoption, international adoption, and foster adoption costsHow 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

 

Domestic Newborn – Agency

Homestudy Fee

$2,268

Document Preparation & Authentication

$2,636

Agency Application & Program Fees

$16,962

Legal Fees

$4,141

Advertising & Networking

$2,340

Birth Family Counseling

$770

Birth Mother Expenses

$3,233

Foster Care

$201

Travel Expenses

$1,977

All Other Expenses

$5,438

TOTAL

$39,966

Domestic Newborn – Attorney (Independent)

Homestudy Fee

$1,785

Document Preparation & Authentication

$1,598

Agency Application & Program Fees

$3,357

Legal Fees

$12,693

Advertising/Networking

$3,978

Birth Family Counseling

$842

Birth Mother Expenses

$5,590

Foster Care

$0

Travel Expenses

$2,431

All Other Expenses

$1,819

TOTAL

$34,093

U.S. Foster
Adoptions in FY 2012: 52,039

Homestudy Fee

$396

Legal Fees

$1,075

Travel Expenses

$378

All Other Expenses

$1,819

TOTAL

$3,668

China Adoption
Adoptions to the U.S. in 2013: 2,306
Including traditional and waiting child programs

Homestudy Fee

$2,952

Document Preparation & Authentication

$2,221

Agency Application & Program Fees

$8,702

In-Country Adoption Expenses

$6,123

Child’s Passport, Visa, Medical Exam, and Other Fees

$1,143

Post-Adoption Expenses

$1,754

Major Travel Expenses

$9,420

In-Country Travel Expenses

$2,669

All Other Expenses

$1,354

TOTAL

$36,338

Ethiopia Adoption
Adoptions to the U.S. in 2013: 993

Homestudy Fee

$2,119

Document Preparation & Authentication

$2,086

Agency Application & Program Fees

$17,038

In-Country Adoption Expenses

$2,395

Child’s Passport, Visa, Medical Exam, and Other Fees

$691

Post-Adoption Expenses

$1,431

Major Travel Expenses

$11,695

In-Country Travel Expenses

$2,655

All Other Expenses

$5,850

TOTAL

$45,960

Ukraine Adoption
Adoptions to the U.S. in 2013: 438

Homestudy Fee

$2,225

Document Preparation & Authentication

$1,313

Agency Application & Program Fees

$8,550

In-Country Adoption Expenses

$8,531

Child’s Passport, Visa, Medical
Exam, and Other Fees

$744

Post-Adoption Expenses

$1,460

Major Travel Expenses

$6,778

In-Country Travel Expenses

$2,800

All Other Expenses

$7,667

TOTAL

$40,067

South Korea Adoption
Adoptions to the U.S. in 2013: 138

Homestudy Fee

$3,123

Document Preparation & Authentication

$1,654

Agency Application & Program Fees

$22,437

In-Country Adoption Expenses

$8,600

Child’s Passport, Visa, Medical
Exam, and Other Fees

$688

Post-Adoption Expenses

$1,180

Major Travel Expenses

$4,949

In-Country Travel Expenses

$814

All Other Expenses

$350

TOTAL

$43,795

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