Why is adoption so expensive? When talking about adoption, the matter of money often comes up. Most people agree that it’s expensive but few people seem to understand why. And many are curious about where the money goes. Simply put, it goes many places. To be totally honest, I’m still figuring out where it all goes. Our agency, Lifeline, is very upfront and transparent about costs. Anyone can view the Fee Schedule for the China program right from their website. They estimate the total fees to be $35,832.50 before the tax credit. This amount is only an estimate because there are many variables that can affect the bottom line. Medical reports and background checks vary by insurance and state. The cost of travel can vary greatly depending on the time of year and number of people in your group. In the end it should cost us $35k, give or take a few hundred dollars.
Here’s a breakdown of what we have spent to date…
- Agency Application Fee $250
- Lifeline China Program Fee $2,838.75
- Nightlight Home Study 1st Payment $1,000
- Legal Documents Needed For Dossier $355.50
- Chart Review by Adoption Specialist $150
- In Class Training Required For Home Study $200
- Background Checks $100.50
- Livescan $178
- Passport Photos $21.56
- Online Education For Home Study $70
- CPR/First Aid Certification $70
- Passport Renewals $220
- Required Reading Materials $45
Ouch! That was painful! But seriously, what is money compared to the life of a child? Money will be spent on cars, homes, credit cards, vacations, you fill in the blank. We have chosen to spend a great deal of money to bring a little boy home from China. And we are thankful for the many people are helping us along the way. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.