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

 

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. Visit the IRS website for more info.



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Joseph, Wiernicki, & Schimming, P.C.
Rockville, MD
DC, MD, VA
MD
Sogand Zamani, Zamani & Associates
Sogand Zamani
Washington, DC
DC, MD
Virginia L. Frank, PC
Boulder, CO
U.S. Newborn
CO, OK
CO, OK
Jennifer Fairfax, Family Formation Law Offices
Jennifer Fairfax
Silver Spring, MD
DC, MD, VA
DC, MD, VA
Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC
Donald Cofsky
Haddonfield, NJ
NJ, PA
Rosin Steinhagen Mendel
New York, NY
NJ, NY
McCarthy Weston, pllc
Flagstaff, AZ
AK, AZ, MO, NE
Messerli Kramer
Gary A. Debele
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
MN, WI
Law Offices of Susan L. Stockham, P.A.
Susan L. Stockham, Esq.
Sarasota, FL
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
FL
Shelley B. Ballard, PC
Chicago, IL
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
IL
GoransonBain, PLLC
Dallas, TX
TX
Horn Law Group, LLC
Margaret Moriarty
Toms River, NJ
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
NJ
Adoption Legal Services of Oklahoma
Charles Watts
Oklahoma City, OK
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
OK
Adoptions First, LLP
David Ellis
LOS ANGELES, CA
U.S. Newborn
CA
Lisa L. Collins, Esq.
Nashville, TN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
TN
Stanton Phillips – Adoption Legal Services
Vienna, VA
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
DC, VA
The Kern Law Firm PLLC
Jennifer K. Kern
Claremore, OK
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
OK
Mills Meyers Swartling P.S.
Seattle, WA
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
WA
Michael S. Goldstein, Esq., LCSW
Rye Brook, NY
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International
FL, NJ, NY
Solberg & Bullock, LLC
Ellyn J. Bullock
Champaign, IL
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
IL
Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate, P.A.
Danelle D. Barksdale
Tampa, FL
FL
Jenny L. Womack, P.C.
Dallas, TX
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
TX
Law Office of Jennifer R. Cochran-Green
Austin, TX
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
TX
Family Formation
Megan Cohen
Lafayette, CA
U.S. Newborn
CA
Kirton McConkie
Salt Lake City, UT
UT
Gregory A. Franklin, Esq.
Gregory A. Franklin
Rochester, NY
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
NY
DeSmidt Rabuse PLLC
Jody Ollyver DeSmidt
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
MN, WI
Grady, Hayes & Neary, LLC
Stephen Hayes
Waukesha, WI
WI
Lyford Law
C.J. Lyford
Lafayette Hill, PA
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
PA
Adoption Law Center of Middle TN, PLLC
Jenny Hall
Nashville, TN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
TN
Atty. Theresa L. Roetter of Annen Roetter, LLC
Madison, WI
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
WI
King, Spry, Herman, Freund, Faul, LLC
Dorota Gasienica-Kozak, Esq.
Bethlehem, PA
NJ, PA
Herrin & Leach, LLC
Nathan Leach
Indianapolis, IN
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster
IN

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