China Adoption Cost Breakdown

The cost to adopt from China can vary between families, but generally falls within a certain range. Check out our complete budget breakdown to get an idea of what it might cost you.

The Great Wall of China, a factor to consider along with the cost to adopt from China

For an overview of the average cost to adopt from China, 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.


Homestudy: $1,000–$3,000

Documentation & Authentication: $1,000–$3,000

I-600 Visa Application: $700–$900

Postage/Telephone: $200–$500

Application Fee: $150–$600

Program Fee: $5,000- $10,000 [2]

Child's Passport/Visa: $300-$400

Child's medical exams: $100-$200

Gifts: $100-$200

Foreign Fees: $2,000

Orphanage Donation: $5,000

Post Placement Fees [1]: $300-$1,000

Airfare, Hotels, etc.: $5,000-$15,000

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

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


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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