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Adoption Cost Breakdown

considering adoptionAdopting a baby is a beautiful thing for both the baby and the new parents. Adoption helps to match babies with welcoming families who will be able to give them the best life possible. Unfortunately, this process can be long and expensive. Below are some of the costs associated with adopting a baby. 

Agency Fees

These are the fees that you’d have to pay to an adoption agency to help you find a child to adopt. These costs normally go into administrative tasks that keep the adoption agency running. Like is the case in any other office, adoption agencies also have staff that help with different aspects of the adoption process. In addition to staff, the agency needs to rent office space, buy paper, and utilize technology to help with things like searches, documentation, and filing.

While most adoption agencies have agency fees that you’ll need to pay before they start the adoption process for you, you need to keep an eye out for an agency that offers a fixed fee. This means that the adoption cost will remain the same regardless of how long it takes for you to find a baby. 

Legal Fees

Adoption is a legal process, and so there are legal fees that you’d need to pay. These include the fees that you’ll pay to your lawyers throughout the process. You’ll need to cover the legal fees of the birth mother when they sign away the rights to the child, and you’ll also need to seek legal consent to adopt. All these processes can be long and expensive. You don’t want to cut corners when a child’s life is involved.

By engaging the services of a lawyer that has experience in adoption processes, you can make sure that everything is done on the up and up. This will save you from getting into trouble with the law.

Home Study Fees

Before you are given legal consent to adopt a child, social workers have to be sent into your home for an assessment. This is to ensure that the child, once adopted, will be in a safe and conducive environment where they’ll be well taken care of. This is why when you’re preparing to adopt, you need to make sure that your home is baby-ready. Recommendations from the home study process will affect whether or not you get the green light to go on with the adoption.

Birth Mother’s Medical Expenses

In some instances, you’ll need to cover the birth mother’s medical expenses during the pregnancy and immediately after the child is born. This can also include travel fees in case the birth mom is from another state. You may also need to provide them with accommodation and transport once they come into your state for the birth.

The expenses that you’ll need to cover for the birth mother can also vary depending on when you are matched. If they’re almost due when you match you’ll likely have fewer expenses as compared to if you had matched when they were in the first trimester of pregnancy. 

Why You Need an Adoption Agency

An adoption agency will improve your chances of matching with a birth mother. Agencies also know their way around the long process, so they can help you to prepare mentally and financially for the process. Find a reliable adoption agency that you can go to when you make the decision to adopt, and you will get all the help that you need in the process to adopt your baby.