How Much Will an Adoption Cost?

Written by Jonathan Breeden

June 15, 2018

Adoption costs in North Carolina vary based on the type of adoption you are seeking. Adopting a child through a state-licensed agency costs very little compared to adoption through a private organization. However, your adoption choice may initially be based on factors other than cost.

If you have questions about the costs and steps associated with adoption, consider contacting an adoption lawyer. Attorney Jonathan Breeden has extensive experience with adoption proceedings, and he can provide the direction you need for this important step in your life. To schedule a consultation, contact Breeden Law Office at (919) 661-4970.

Costs of Adoption Through a Private Organization

Adoptive parents often choose to hire a private organization if they wish to adopt an infant or baby. These companies can locate a birth mother, provide counseling services for both the birth mother and the adoptive parents, and offer educational resources for those looking to adopt.
If you plan to adopt through a private company, expect to pay at least $30,000 to $40,000, and perhaps even more. The fee will likely include:

  • Advertising services to locate a birth mother
  • A screening of the birth mother to ensure she is committed to the process
  • Mediation services that allow you to get to know the birth mother
  • Counseling and education
  • Post-placement visits necessary to finalize the adoption
  • Medical, legal, and housing expenses for the birth mother

Many of these organizations are also licensed to perform home studies. A home study is required by the state for all people looking to adopt. The purpose is to determine that the prospective parents can provide a safe, loving home for a child. If the private business is licensed to provide home studies, they include the cost in your fee. Otherwise, you will be referred to a third party and be responsible for the home study fees.

Costs of Adoption Through a State Agency

The state has licensed agencies that house children available for adoption. You can become a foster parent and adopt your foster children, or you can apply to outright adopt a child. Not all foster children become available for adoption as a significant number are returned to their parents after their parents correct the issues that led to the placement in foster care. Because these adoptions are largely funded by the state, the cost is either free, or very minimal.

While the cost is much lower, the option to choose a baby or even a small toddler is slim. State agencies often care for older children and teenagers. They also take in children with disabilities and siblings they try to keep together. If you are certain you want a baby, you will probably have better luck soliciting the services of a private organization.

Curious About the Cost of Adoption? Call Breeden Law Office for Help

Have you decided you’d like to adopt a child, but you’re not sure what the process entails or how much it is going to cost you? If you’re uncertain about how to proceed, call Breeden Law Office to speak to learn more about the cost of adoption. With a dedicated family law practice, attorney Jonathan Breeden has helped numerous residents of North Carolina with the adoption process. Call (919) 661-4970 today, or reach out online to schedule a consultation.


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