Adoption / Foster Care
Whether wanting to provide a home for a child, are single, or are having difficulty conceiving, many people find the fufillment of parenthood by adopting a child.
Adoption is a complex and unfortunately often expensive procedure.
Although we cannot tackle the complexity in any great detail on this page, we hope to provide you with a starting point for research and a list of useful links.
Domestic private adoptions through adoption agencies can range in price from $5,000 to $40,000+.
International adoptions can range from $7,000 to $30,000.
There are a number of resources which may help you manage the costs of adoption including tax benefits, loans, and employer benfits. Also, many agencies may work with you and setup a payment schedule that fits your ability to pay.
Private domestic adoptions may be done using an agency or a charity as an intermediary or by connecting with a woman directly through newspapers or other advertising and drafting contracts through a lawyer.
If you feel that adoption may be too expensive for you, foster-care and adoption via foster-care may be a more viable option.
Adopting from the U.S. foster care system is generally the least expensive type of adoption, usually involving little or no cost, and states often provide subsidies to adoptive parents.
As you research the adoption maze, record the names of reputable, agencies and attorneys that can help you once you have decided your path.
In both domestic and international adoptions, there are many unscrupulous people who will take advantage of your desire to become a parent. Always try to deal with recommended, reputable people and agencies. Be wary of agencies that request all fees to be paid immediately upon application submission, as reputable agencies will not require it.
Use great care if considering an international adoption as many countries will try to export their severly handicapped children by means of international adoption.
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A cooperative agreement with The Children's Bureau, Administration for Children & Families, and the Department of Health & Human Services.
Alliance for Children is a private, nonprofit adoption agency which has been placing children from the U.S. and around the world in permanent adoptive homes since 1974.
Jewish Child Care Association is a non-profit, comprehensive, multicultural agency, which has been serving children and families since 1822. JCCA's Ametz Adoption Program assists couples and singles in the New York, New Jersey area in navigating the road of adoption.