When people first realize how much it costs to adopt a child, the first response is often, "What? You have to buy these children?!?" Although the costs are high, the expenses are understandable and the process is designed to insure a good, safe home for the child. The costs vary considerably from agency to agency, country to country, program to program. Here is a sample expense breakdown.
Agency Application Fees can range from $100 to $500.
- Homestudy Fee can range from $800 to $2000.
- Post-Placement Reports can range from $200 to $1,500.
- Parents' Physicals can range from $35 to $400.
- Documentation Preparation (notarization, appostilization, state seals) will run $1,000 to $2,000.
- BCIS I-600 A Fee is $525.
- Fingerprinting for each parent cost $70.
- BCIS N-643 Fee is $125.
- Agency Fees range from $5,000 to $30,000. Make sure you know what these fees include. They may or may not include translation costs and court/ legal costs.
- Miscellaneous Legal Fees, such as adoption registration, notarization, the adopted child's passport, immigration visa medical examination, photos and immigrant visa, can run between $1,000 and $2,000.
- Travel expenses can vary greatly. $2,000 to $6,000 or more, depending on the season you travel, choice of hotel, etc. Many travel agencies offer special rates for adopting parents.
- Some orphanages mandate fees. These vary greatly. Ask your agency. Some orphanages accept donations and leave the amount up to the adopting family.