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Sample Adoption Budgets



For an overview of the average cost to adopt by type of adoption, see the categories below. Don't forget that these costs will be offset by the federal adoption tax credit (unless your income exceeds federal limitations) so make sure to keep detailed records of your spending for adoption.

 

  China Russia Independent
domestic
infant
Agency
domestic
infant
Fost- adopt 2

PREPARATION

         

Homestudy

$1,000-
$3,000
$1,000-$3,000 $1,000-$2,000 $1,000-$2,000 $0-$500

Documentation Authentication

$1,000-
$3,000
$1,000-$3,000 $500-$1,000 $800-$1,200 -

I-600 Visa Application

$500-
$600
$500-$600 - - -

Postage/
Telephone

$200-
$500
$200-$500 $200-$500 $200-$500 -

ADOPTION

         

Application
Fee

$150-
$600
$150-$600 - $100-$600 -

Program Fee

$5,000-
$10,0002
$15,000-
$25,000
- $5,000
-$15,000
-

Child's
Passport/
Visa

$300-
$400
$300-$500 - - -

Child's
medical
exams

$100-
$200
$300-$600 - - -

Gifts

$100-
$200
$100-$200 - - -

Foreign Fees

$2,000 - - - -

Orphanage
Donation

$5,000 - - - -

Post
Placement
Reports 1

$300-
$500
$400-$2,000 $400-$1,000 - -

Attorney
Fees

- - $5,000-
$15,000
$1,000-
$6,000
$0-$1,000

Advertising/
Networking

- - $0-$5,000 - -

Birth Family
Counseling

- - $500-$2,500 $700-$2,500 -

Birthmother
Expenses

- - $0-$6,000 $0-$5,000 -

Foster Care

- - $0-$2,000 $0-$2,000 -

TRAVEL

         

Airfare

$5,000-
$15,000
$15,000-
$25,000
$0-$5,000 $0-$3,000 $0-$2,000
           

AVERAGE COST
(before tax credit)

$20-
$40,000
$40-
$60,000
$20-
$35,000
$20-
$40,000
$0-
$3,500

TAX CREDIT3

         

Maximum Credit

$12,650
per final
$12,650
per final
$12,650
per attempt
$12,650
per attempt
$12,650

All budgets

1. May be included in program fee or homestudy fee.

2. Costs of adopting a child from foster care may be eligible for reimbursement (up to $2,000) by the child's state, depending on state regulations. Also, adoptions of U.S. children with special needs are eligible for the federal tax credit, regardless of actual expenses.

3. Subject to income limitations.

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