Cost of Adoption

  • The majority of domestic newborn adoptions cost between $20,000 and $40,000, while a strong majority of international adoptions cost more than $25,000.
  • U.S. foster adoption is the least expensive adoption route, by a significant margin, with an average cost of less than $5,000.
  • The average cost of an adoption from Korea is about $38,000.
  • The average cost of an adoption from Ethiopia is about $28,000.
  • The average cost of an adoption from China is about $29,000.
  • 35 percent of domestic adopters had at least one "false start," in which adoptive parents worked with one or more birthmothers before finding a match that succeeded.
Adoption Costs (Averages) 
 

 Application Fee

 $250 

 Homestudy (varies by state)

 $1200-$2500 

 Adoptive Parent Training

 $150

Documents/Background Checks/Passports

 $50-$300

 USCIS I-800A or I-600A and Fingerprinting Fee

 $890

 Notarization & Authentication

 $0-$500

 Program Fee (if using an agency)

 $6,000

 International Program Fee (varies by country)

 $9,000-$15,000

 Dossier Translation

 $200-$500

 Airfare (2 Adults)

 $2,000-$5,000

 Airfare (1 child)

 $750-$1000

 Visas (2 adults)

 $320

 Visa/Embassy Fee (1 child)  

 $170-$250

 In-country Travel Expenses

 $2,000-$5,000

 Total 

 $22,000-$39,000