Twenty-five Percent!

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


Total                                                                                          $43,275


Our fundraising page is 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!

My name is Pam Ogden, and I’m a wife, mom, homeschool teacher, blogger, and an author. I am passionate about my faith, family and adoption. My blog is the story of our previous and current adoption, and how our family is growing physically and spiritually.


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