Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Affording International Adoption?

Just how much do you know about affording international adoption? Answer “true” or “false” to the following statements:

All International Adoptions Are Expensive.

FALSE! In fact, costs vary, depending on the adoption agency as well as the age and needs of the child adopted. Some adoption agencies may adjust their fees based on family income or other criteria. Before choosing a service provider, be sure to compare fees among adoption agencies. If you know this information, it will help for the rest of the process. 

People Must Be Wealthy to Be Accepted as Adoptive Parents.

FALSE! Lots of people with modest incomes adopt internationally every year. Adoption professionals who make decisions about placing children are concerned about the family’s financial stability and how well they manage the financial resources they do have – this is much more important than how rich the family is! Make sure you know how you’ll manage finances as well. 

Families Must Own Their Own Home.

FALSE! Families who rent homes or live in apartments adopt children all the time.

Adoptive Parents Must Be Married and Without Children.

FALSE! Single people, couples without children, and families who already have children (both by birth and by prior adoption) can adopt children from foreign countries. Keep in mind, however, that both adoption agencies and foreign countries generally have specific requirements for the marital status, age, number of children, and/or religion of the people who adopt their children.

Adoptive Families Must Pay for Everything Themselves.

FALSE! Actually, there are many sources of financial assistance to help families cover adoption costs. For example:

 

 

Are you ready to pursue adoption? Visit Adoption.org or call 1-800-ADOPT-98 to connect with compassionate, nonjudgmental adoption specialists who can help you get started on the journey of a lifetime.