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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.
Ask AF: Can We Claim Tax Credit for Failed Adoptions?
Failed adoptions can be both emotionally and financially taxing. Here’s what you need to know about claiming tax credit for a failed adoption.
China Adoption Cost Breakdown
Thinking about adopting from China? Check out this sample budget to get an idea of the cost.
Ethiopia Adoption Cost Breakdown
How much does Ethiopia adoption cost? Read on for average expenses, broken down by category.
Independent Domestic Adoption Cost Breakdown
The cost of adoption varies, but usually falls within a certain range.
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.
Foster Adoption Cost Breakdown
For an overview of the average cost of a U.S. foster adoption, see the categories below. Don’t forget that the cost of adoption will be offset by the federal adoption tax credit (unless your income exceeds federal limitations) so make sure to keep detailed records of fees and payments during your adoption process.
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.
Cost & Timing of Adoptions in 2013-2014
Each year, Adoptive Families polls newly formed adoptive families across the country. Here are the average expenses and timelines reported by families who completed international or domestic adoptions in 2013 or 2014.
How Should Parents Budget for a Domestic Adoption?
What costs should you be prepared for in a domestic adoption? Our legal expert explains.
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?
Timing of Adoption Update: 2007-2008
The results of the 2007-2008 Adoptive Families survey.
Cost of Adoption Update: 2010-2011
A comparison of costs for domestic and international adoptions, the cost of adoption uncertainties, and more — data from our 2010-2011 Cost & Timing of Adoption Survey.
Adopting can be an expensive proposition. We analyze the costs, and show you how some families dealt with them.
Timing of Adoption Update: 2012-2013
The results of the 2012-2013 Adoptive Families Cost and Timing of Adoption Survey.
Cost of Adoption Update: 2012-2013
A comparison of costs for domestic and international adoptions, the cost of adoption uncertainties, and more–data from our 2012-2013 Cost & Timing of Adoption Survey.
Timing of Adoption Update: 2010-2011
The results of the 2010-2011 Adoptive Families Cost and Timing of Adoption Survey.
Timing of Adoption Update: 2009-2010
The results of the 2009-2010 Adoptive Families Cost and Timing of Adoption Survey.
Cost of Adoption Update: 2009-2010
A comparison of costs for domestic and international adoptions, the cost of adoption uncertainties, and more — data from our 2009-2010 Cost & Timing of Adoption Survey.
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.