Nothing in life comes free. Although there are thousands of children needing permanent, loving homes, there is a price-tag on this happiness. Fees for adoption can get extremely expensive. Depending on the type of adoption and where the adoptive child lives. Foreign adoption can involve very high fees and again that depends on the country adopting from.
Fees for adoption begin with an application fee in many adoption programs. Of course this is a one-time fee which is paid when the application is submitted. When there is a home study required, which is in most adoption procedures, there is a home study fee charged. These fees for adoption will vary from agency to agency, country to country and are subject to change without notice. Fees for adoption included in this process of applying and completing a home study may also include government processing costs which are separate. These fees must also be paid by the adoptive parents.
After the application has been made and the home study completed, there are fees to be paid for home study update visits. Beside the charges for the home visits, adoptive parents must pay a fee if they live a certain distance from the social worker’s home. They will be responsible for gas, hotel and the social worker’s hourly rate. These fees for adoption would depend on certain circumstances.
Other fees for adoption include a post adoption fees, fees for clients using foreign programs and other agencies, fees for the social worker’s court appearance, assistance with documents, legal fees, travel fees, and medical fees. The prospective adoptive parents are responsible for all administrative fees, legal fees, travel, medical and any other expenses arising from the adoption process.
These fees pertain primarily to International adoption. In North America people are able to adopt through private and public adoption agencies for little or no costs. It is imperative to discuss fees for adoption with an agency or adoption worker before entering into the process. When individuals choose International adoption, they must be prepared financially. Foreign adoption has the ability to spring surprises on adoptive parents pertaining to legal issues, rules and regulations of the country adopting from. After going through the process of completing applications and home studies, being screened by police and doctors, finding an adoptive child and preparing themselves for the big day, prospective adoptive parents do not need heartache and disappointment brought on due to financial problems.
Fees for adoption can seem outrageous but for individuals who desperately want children, money isn’t an issue. People take out second mortgages on their homes, cash in on their retirement savings and take out personal loans to insure they have sufficient funds to pay their fees for adoption. This is one example in life where money can be seen as both meaningless and meaningful. Without a substantial amount of money in their bank account, it is pointless to apply for foreign adoption. However, the money is nothing compared to the joy and happiness an adoptive child can bring.