Why Does It Cost So Much: Adoption Costs Explained



There is much more involved with the adoption process than many people initially realize. Below is an itemization of possible expenses for adoptions. Understanding what is involved in pursuing adoption and the cost is vital. The following list is not exhaustive but may be helpful as you pursue your adoption.

Associated Professional Services for Adoptive Parents:

  • Counseling and educational preparation for adoptive a child
  • Home study
  • Post-placement supervision
  • Orientation meetings
  • Case management services
  • Travel

Professional Services for Single Expectant Parents or Birth Parents:

  • Options counseling
  • Post-adoption placement counseling
  • Case management services
  • Correspondence

Birth Parent Expenses:

  • Prenatal medical care
  • Delivery/hospital costs
  • Living expenses provided during pregnancy/after care:

               ~ Housing

               ~ Transportation

               ~ Food and essentials

               ~ Maternity clothing

Newborn Care and Services:

  • Hospital costs
  • Original birth certificates
  • Physical examinations by a pediatrician
  • Foster care prior to match with adoptive parents

Legal Expenses:

  • Termination of parental rights including publications, court costs, attorney fees.
  • Finalization of adoption
  • Legal counsel
  • Court reporting services

Investigative Expenses:

  • State and local background screenings
  • State abuse registry clearances
  • Diligent search for birth fathers

Advertising and Printed Materials:

  • Internet marketing
  • Brochures
  • Web site maintenance

Office Expenses: rent, phones, supplies, postage, utilities, etc.

Accounting Expenses

Sales and Employee Benefits:

  • Salaries
  • Health insurance
  • Travel and mileage reimbursement
  • Overtime compensation

General Insurance

Licensed adoption agencies are required to have professional insurance. This is a costly expense to agencies.


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