Independent Domestic Adoption Cost Breakdown

Get a basic budget breakdown and estimate the amount it may cost you to adopt domestically, using an independent attorney.

A family assessing the cost of independent domestic adoption

For an overview of the average cost of a domestic, attorney 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.

INDEPENDENT DOMESTIC INFANT ADOPTION COST BREAKDOWN

Homestudy: $1,000–$2,000

Documentation & Authentication: $500-$1,000

Postage/Telephone: $200-$500

Post Placement Fees [1]: $400-$1,000

Attorney Fees: $5,000-$15,000

Advertising/Networking: $0-$5,000

Birth Family Counseling: $500-$2,500

Birth Mother Expenses: $0-$6,000

Foster Care:[2] $0-$1,000

Airfare, Hotels, Etc.: $0-$5,000

AVERAGE COST (before tax credit): $20,000-$40,000

MAXIMUM TAX CREDIT[3]: $13,190 per attempt

 

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  • [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. Visit the IRS website for more info.



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Fiddler Osband LLC
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Rachel Osband
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Edina
MN
Adoption Routes/Programs
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Practice State(s)
MN
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C.J. Lyford
City
Lafayette Hill
PA
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Practice State(s)
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City
Oklahoma City
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City
Pasadena
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U.S. Newborn
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