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How much does adoption cost?

The results of the 2005 Adoptive Families cost survey.



The average cost of adoption, as reported in the 2005 Adoptive Families adoption cost survey, was between $20,000 and $25,000 (before the federal tax credit and employee adoption benefits).

Highlights of the 2005 adoption cost survey:

  • The majority of domestic newborn adoptions cost less than $20,000, while more than 75 percent of international adoptions cost more than $20,000.
  • The majority of adoptions from China and Korea cost less than $25,000.
  • The majority of adoptions from Guatemala cost between $25,000 and $30,000.
  • The majority of adoptions from Russian and Kazakhstan cost more than $30,000.
  • 29 percent of domestic adopters had at least one failed adoption before successfully adopting.
  • The majority of failed adoptions cost less than $5,000.

Visit TheAdoptionGuide.com to see adoption expenses by category (and download budget worksheets).


Percent of respondants reporting total adoption costs by country (before adoption tax credit or employee adoption benefits)
Total Adoption Costs Domestic
Newborn
China Guat. Kazak. Korea Russia

<$20,000

64.6% 34% 0 0 24% 5%

$20,000-
$25,000

16.1% 50% 8% 8% 56% 0

$25,000-
$30,000

9.7% 13% 67% 31% 12% 27%

$30,000+

9.7% 1% 25% 61% 6% 66%

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