WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY COST TO ADOPT A CHILD? Here are brief answers to the five most commonly asked questions, by Nancy Murphy, a Director of Placements for Kinship Center.

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What are the types of adoption?

Kinship Center offers two types of adoptions: Domestic Infant Adoptions involve infants who have been voluntarily relinquished for adoption by their birth parents. There is a fee for these kinds of adoptions. Foster Care Adoptions involve children who come from the public foster care system. There is no fee for adopting children from foster care, and the associated costs are minimal.

What are the Domestic Infant Adoption Costs?

The average fee for a domestic infant adoption, according to ChildWelfare.gov is about $40,000. At Kinship Center the fee is approximately $10,000. This fee covers the cost of registration and intake, the adoption home study classes, a home study application and interview, birth parent services, child placement fees, legal finalization fees, and some other services.

Are there other costs?

There can be additional fees for court termination of the presumed father’s rights (about $2,750), additional fees for court termination of the alleged father’s rights (about $1,825), additional fees for ICWA processing (about $1,925), and additional fees for ICWA courth relinquishment (about $750).

The birth parents may wish negotiation of  assistance from the prospective adoption parents with certain medical and other expenses.

What are the Foster Care Adoption Costs?

There is no adoption fee for adopting children from foster care. Generally the only costs for prospective adoptive parents are for a DMV printout, first-aid certification, a physical medical examination, a background check, and personal travel expenses in getting to and from the home study classes.

What about adoption assistance?

Adoptive parents receive an adoption tax credit of $13,000 per adopted child. California state reimbursement of up to $400 is available for the costs named above: a DMC printout, first-aid certification, a physical medical examination, a background check, and personal travel expenses in getting to and from the home study classes. Receipts are required to receive this reimbursement.

Adoption grants are available at http://helpusadopt.org. There may also be eligibility for MediCal or DentiCal.

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