Cost of Adoption
Cost of Adoption
The cost of adoption depends in large part on the type of adoption you are seeking.
The only cost for step-parent adoption, kinship adoption, private adoption w/o agency assistance, and “re-adoption” should be the legal expenses detailed below.
The cost of a private/independent adoption through an agency varies widely.
The primary cost of adopting through the foster system will also be legal expenses. However, you should also expect to spend approximately $150 per adult (for CPR/First Aid Certification, TB test & physical, FBI fingerprinting, and books) and $25-$40 per child (TB test).
CPS will cover up to $1,200 of your legal expenses when you adopt a “special needs” child through the foster system! They will also provide continued financial assistance after the adoption, as well as free tuition to a state college, for these children.
To qualify as "special needs," the child must be in CPS custody and (one of the following):
- at least 6 years old;
- at least 2 years old and a minority;
- adopted as part of a sibling group or joining sibling in adoptive home;
- have a physical, mental, or emotional disabling condition; or
- be eligible to receive SSI benefits
Note: The Hudgeons Law Firm is contracted to bill CPS directly so you can adopt a "special needs" child with no out-of-pocket legal expenses!
The expenses below are approximations meant to assist you in financial planning.
- Attorney's Fees (preparation of legal documents, court appearances, etc.)
- Adoption $1,000*
- Termination $1,000*
- Adoption & Termination (in combined suit) $1,500*
- Filing Fees (varies per county) $350
- Home Study (private adoption only) $750 - $1,500
- Criminal History Search (for each person in home over 16) $40 each
- Ad Litem (private adoption only; varies per attorney and county) $250 - $1,000
- New Birth Certificate $47 - $90