We’ve been asked so many times, “Why does it cost so much to adopt?” I never feel prepared to answer this question. We have been through this process before, so we were prepared for the costs, and the faith required to commit to it. I guess I don’t question it anymore.
I thought I would include in this post an itemized list, so that the daunting price tag would make more sense to those who haven’t adopted recently. During my internet research of adoption fundraising, I’ve learned that $45,000 is a typical amount that parents should expect to pay for any adoption currently, whether international or domestic. So ours is not atypical.
This list will include costs we have already covered so that you can see exactly how far we’ve come and how far will still have to go.
Application to Faith International Adoptions $350 PAID
FBI Background check, State fingerprints $110 PAID
Required online classes $120 PAID
Application to Hold Adoption Agency for Home Study $300 PAID
Home Study costs $2500 RAISED
Administration fee, home study review and dossier preparation fees $750 RAISED
Agency Fee $3000 RAISED
In-Country costs and fees 1 (Must be paid in full $5000 PARTIALLY RAISED
for acceptance into program)
I-600A Filing fee $775
Biometric fingerprint fee $85 (per adult)
In-Country costs and fees 2 $20,000 (fee due at referral)
Agency fee 2 $5000
Extended child care costs $200 per day
Family registry change $500
Post-Placement documentation review $500
Travel costs $4000
Our fundraising page is https://adopttogether.org/families/?fundraiser=ogden-family-adoption and donations to that page are tax deductible.
We are also planning a massive garage sale (weather permitting) on March 15-17, and we are accepting donations for that now!
In late June, we are planning an exciting event at Three Strands Farm with a catered meal, movie, silent auction and family fun! Watch for upcoming details!