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.

Several families answer "How we afforded our adoption"

How We Afforded Our Adoption

How We Afforded Our Adoption

We asked our reader panel: How did you finance your adoption? Share any cost-cutting or creative financing strategies with other readers.

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domestic agency adoption

Understanding the Cost of Domestic Agency Adoption

When deciding on domestic agency adoption, parents need to understand the potential costs. Use this breakdown to fully grasp how expenses pan out.

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Adoption Timeline

How Long Does It Take to Adopt a Child?

The adoption timeline can vary dramatically, depending your chosen route. This general overview explains a typical adoption schedule, requirements at each step, and common expenses.

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Prospective parent preparing a domestic adoption budget

How Should Parents Budget for a Domestic Adoption?

What costs should you be prepared for in a domestic adoption? Our legal expert explains.

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Birth Mother Expenses: What You Need to Know

If a prospective birth mother decides not place her baby with us for adoption, can we get back the money we paid for her living expenses during the pregnancy?

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Financing adoption can be tough

Affording Adoption

Adopting can be an expensive proposition. We analyze the costs, and show you how some families dealt with them.

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How to Save Money on Adoption Travel

Smart Ways to Save on Adoption Travel Expenses

Adoption travel is often one of the biggest categories of the total cost of adoption, thanks to multiple or extended trips to an international destination, or the wait for termination of birth parent rights in a domestic adoption. But families can save hundreds of dollars on travel costs.

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