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Cost of Adoption Update: 2008-2009

A comparison of costs for domestic and international adoptions in 2008 and 2009, the cost of adoption uncertainties, and more.



How much did adoptions cost in 2008 and 2009? More than 1,600 AF readers completed our survey on the cost of adoption, before adoption-related employee benefits or tax credits. Thanks to everyone for their valuable input!

  • Domestic adoptions, on average, cost less than international adoptions.

  • For most adopters, the average total expenses were about $25,000 to $30,000.

Domestic Adoption Costs, by Route

  Agency Attorney Foster
Homestudy $1,821 $1,768 $408
Documentation & authentication $824 $482  
Application & program fee $13,829 $3,938  
Attorney fees $3,101 $8,087 $627
Advertising/networking $1,717 $1,920  
Birth family counseling $694 $1,048  
Birthmother expenses $2,973 $3,416  
Foster care $159 $0  
Travel expenses $1,799 $1,895 $443
Other expenses $4,031 $3,190 $482
Total $30,948 $25,743 $1,960

International Adoption Costs, by Country

  Russia China Ethiopia Korea
Homestudy $2,465 $1,637 $1,944
$1,988
Documentation & authentication $2,929 $1,720 $1,668 $700
Application & program fee $19,099 $5,870 $10,050 $12,772
Child’s passport/visa $1,391 $867 $563 $543
Major travel expenses $13,415 $6,279 $4,561 $3,650
In-country travel expenses $3,475 $1,617 $1,155 $450
In-country adoption expenses $6,309 $5,052 $1,745 $10,667
Post-adoption expenses $1,656 $800 $1,260 $911
Other expenses $2,964 $2,690 $2,031 $3,720
Total $53,702 $26,531 $24,977 $35,400

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