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2/9/15 at 09:04 PM 0 Comments

3 Myths about the Cost of Adoption

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The average cost of adoption, $20,000 to $30,000, represents a major investment­—one that leads some to wonder why it is so high. Speculation has also led to some myths about the cost.

  • Adoption costs are exorbitant.
  • Adoption agencies “line their pockets” with inflated fees and profit from “selling” children.
  • High adoption costs prevent many interested families from adopting.

Bethany’s fees are based on actual costs for the services we provide, which is not only our practice but also a requirement of our accreditation by the Council on Accreditation. In other words, we cannot profit from providing adoption services. Our fees for both domestic and international adoption are structured based on the costs of our adoption services, such as conducting home studies, providing counseling for both expectant parents and the prospective adoptive families, and processing various legally required documents and court filings. Further, COA requires a number of hours of training for the adoptive family, which we provide through paid Christian professionals who uphold our gold standards and best practices.

The costs associated with adoption need not discourage families from adopting. Out-of-pocket costs can be reduced by a federal adoption tax credit of over $13,000 and a state adoption tax credit of up to $5,000 in some states. Waiting families can also benefit from financial assistance programs through their employer and financial resources such as grants from organizations like Bethany. Banks, too, offer low-interest rates on loans specifically for adoption.

We envision a world where every child has a loving family. We are all adopted, heirs to hope and a future as children of God. God—and any child given a loving forever family—will tell you ... family is priceless.

If you or someone you know would like more information on adoption, please contact us.

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