A Guide to Adoption Expenses

How much does adoption cost?

Jenny Jerkins May 14, 2015

One of the most frequently asked questions related to adoption is “how much does it cost?” While there is no set figure, costs can literally range from the hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. When there are so many children around the world needing forever homes and so many families willing to provide those homes, it’s easy to ask why adoption can be so expensive. It’s a topic of frustration for many who are seeking to adopt. We want to take a closer look with you and help provide a better breakdown of those costs and why they exist.

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Private Domestic Adoption
2. Private Domestic Adoption

Additional costs for private domestic adoptions may also include networking (hopeful parent profiles), traveling to meet with expectant parents or to attend appointments with them, and domestic costs while you stay in another state after birth until you are approved by the ICPC (Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children) to return home.

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Jenny Jerkins

Jenny Jerkins is a Staff Storyteller for Adoption.com and resides in Augusta, GA. She is a wife and former engineer-turned-stay-at-home mom of an energetic, smart, and hilarious little boy. Grateful for infertility, she became a mom through adoption, which has opened her heart in ways she never knew were possible and also brought them the blessing of open adoption. She is an active member of several adoption communities and loves uniting and educating others. You can read all about her adoption story over at Our Not So Engineered Life where she has her own blog about infertility, adoption, motherhood, and life.

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