Hi! I’m Joy and I’m writing about adoption for 31 days in October. If you want to start at the beginning, head over HERE.
I know money is something folks are curious about when it comes to adoption. So, here is a little bit about the costs of different adoption options:
Adopting through foster care–This is the most affordable option. The state pays for the home study, fingerprints, background checks etc… Some of the situations even come with a stipend paid to you monthly or Medicaid for the child until they reach age 18.
Adopting through a private agency (domestic infant)–The average cost for an infant adoption through a private agency is $20,000-$40,000.
Adopting through a private agency (international)–It is my understanding that international adoptions cost $30,000-$50,000.
Adopting with an attorney as your agent–I really don’t know about this one. I have seen a few quotes from attorneys in the $30,000 range.
Adopting someone you know–I think this is the second most affordable option. You would need to pay for a homestudy through a licensed agency which is around $1500. Then you would just pay legal fees and attorney’s fees to complete the adoption. These will vary from attorney to attorney but come be as low as $5000, maybe even lower.
Are you still here after reading all those BIG dollar amounts? Some folks look at those dollar amounts and that is their deciding factor on which way they will choose to adopt. BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE. I have seen families follow Jesus and adopt in ways they hadn’t thought before possible. God has provided the needed funds in each and every situation. It still takes work on your part at fundraising, but God does provide.
When you are pursuing adoption, it is hard not to compare your fundraising efforts with others. When we first started fundraising and actually through our whole process, it has been slow going. Ideas we thought would be really successful weren’t. People we thought would really jump in and help (by giving and fundraising) didn’t. We watched a family raise over $6000 at their adoption yard sale. Our’s only raised $1000.
But guess what? When it came time to pay for O’s adoption, we had just enough funds to cover it. It would NOT have covered an agency adoption (which was our goal at the time), but it covered O’s adoption completely. God showed up in spite of my weak faith that He would. I’m so glad that His working isn’t dependent on me!
So, don’t let money stop you if God has given you a heart for a certain area of adoption. When God calls you, I am confident He will provide.