Adoption Cost & Wait Time Information


Information on the cost of adoption and how long it takes to adopt a child through domestic, foster, or international adoption.

2016-2017 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey Results represented by piggy bank, calculator, and calendar

Adoption Cost and Timing in 2016-2017

Adoption Cost and Timing in 2016-2017

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed families across the country to get actual information on the cost and length of time it took them to complete their adoptions. See the results of the most recent 2016-2017 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey.

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How Do You Respond to “How Long Did It Take You to Adopt?”

We asked our readers: How do you respond when someone asks you how long it takes to adopt? Read the answers from adoptive parents.

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Take the 2013-2014 Adoption Cost and Timing Survey to help prospective adoptive parents

Take the Adoption Cost & Timing Survey

Take the 2017-2018 Adoption Cost & Timing Survey on the average adoption cost and timing of the domestic, foster, or international adoption process, and see results from previous years.

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Adoption Cost and Timing in 2015-2016

Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed families across the country to get actual information on the cost and length of time it took them to complete their adoptions. We are grateful to every one of you who took our most recent Adoption Cost & Timing Survey.

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Can We Afford This? Adoption Costs vs. Surrogacy Costs

Check out the average cost ranges for donor egg, donor embryo, and surrogacy, and see how they compare to adoption.

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Lobbying for employee adoption benefits can be as easy as an email

How to Lobby Your Employer for Adoption Benefits

For working people who want to adopt, the need to take time off without pay may put adoption beyond your financial means.

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Your Adoption Budget Checklists

All adoptions, wherever from and via whatever method, include a home study, the process where a social worker checks that you are eligible to adopt. After that, budget items vary.

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Getting Help to Finance Adoption

There are enough sources of financial support for adoption so that you can, in all likelihood, get your costs down to a manageable figure.

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How Much Does Adoption Cost?

Well, it varies! As a general rule, foster-care adoptions cost less than private or international adoptions. Learn the hidden costs and types of payments that are illegal.

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