You have made the decision or are thinking about adopting a baby in the United States.
One common way of adopting a baby in the U.S. is through “Private Domestic Adoption.”
- Private Domestic Adoption is the domestic placement of a baby for adoption by their birth parents, who legally consent to the adoption with an adoptive family of their choosing.
You will need to know certain requirements to start the adoption process but first you should know about adoption costs.
Cost is a big factor in adopting a baby in the U.S.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000.
It seems like a lot of money but here is what you are paying for:
- Adoption Professionals
- Lawyers for yourself, the birth parents, and the baby
- Cost of legal documentation
- If you are adopting an infant in the United States from another state, you will have to prepare to travel and be in the state of the baby’s birth for 2-5 weeks.
- Birth Mother Expenses
- Expenses that relate to pregnancy
- Depends on the state and the judge hearing the case
Info in graphic found at U.S. Money News
Now that you know how much you might spend, here are the requirement to start the process of adopting an infant in the U.S.
Requirements to get started:
You must meet certain requirements to bring a foreign-born child whom you’ve adopted to the United States.
Some of the basic requirements include the following:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- If you are unmarried, you must be at least 25 years old.
- If you are married, you must jointly adopt the child (even if you are separated but not divorced), and your spouse must also be either a U.S. citizen or in legal status in the United States.
- You must meet certain requirements that will determine your suitability as a prospective adoptive parent
- including criminal background checks
- a home study (Usually the first step)
- Contact a local social worker to start your home study
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In addition to qualifying to adopt under U.S. law, you must also meet your home state’s requirements for prospective adoptive parents.
Learn more about individual state requirements on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.
(Info From: The Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State)
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