Find Out the Average Cost of Adoption in Your State

Adoption is a wonderful way to create a family. There are several different types of adoption routes to consider. Our adoption calculator identifies four main types; private, international/intercountry, independent, and foster care adoptions. The path through adoption is unique but the cost in one variable which can deter many from pursuing their dream of a larger family. Use the free adoption calculator below to calculate the estimated cost of your adoption based on state.

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Adoption Costs

Now that you have reviewed the potential costs for adoption, you may have more questions. Like what is the difference between an independent adoption and private adoption? Why is fostering to adopt so affordable? Where can I get more information? Together We Rise is not an adoption agency and this information is purely here to support those who are interested in learning about adoption.

We have compiled some basic information about the different adoption types to help inform you while you begin this journey.

Adoption Costs and Resources

The prospect of growing your family is always exciting and full of joy. Regardless of the path, the hope of a new child is exciting and expensive. When considering adoption prospective parents should be informed about the different adoption avenues, their costs, and resources available.

It is difficult to predict adoption costs because they can vary state by state, county by county, and adoption type by adoption type. Calculating the final cost is unpredictable especially with intercountry adoptions.

Types of Adoptions

To help you gain a better insight on adoption costs one should become familiar with the general adoption types. Costs can vary drastically between adoption types and it is important to consider this information when deciding which adoption type will suit your family best.

Adopting From Foster Care

Based on the adoption calculator, adopting through the foster care system can be the most cost-effective approach. When adopting through foster care you will be working with a public welfare agency that will identify children whose parents have or are in the process of terminating their rights. Currently, one fourth of all children in American foster care are waiting to be adopted. To learn more about adopting from foster care reach out to your local department of child and family services. AdoptUSKids and the Dave Thomas Foundation are also great resources for information.

Private Adoption

Private adoptions are adoptions that take place outside of the public child welfare system and arranged by private agencies. Typically, these agencies match expectant mothers to adoptive parents and families. A common practice for private agencies is to create profiles of the clients, both the biological and adoptive family, to help match families based on their profiles.

Independent Adoption

Similar to private adoptions, independent adoptions also take place outside of the public child welfare system. As indicated in the adoption calculator, independent adoptions are facilitated by attorneys assisting prospective and expectant parents through the adoption process. Typically, the adopting family identifies the expectant parent or mother. However, it is not unusual for an attorney to help an expectant family or mother to find an adopting family.