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Affordable International Adoption

An affordable international adoption is the goal of most prospective families as they consider building their family through international adoption. Is it possible to build your family while still staying on a budget? The answer is yes, with one important point to keep in mind:

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Nothing Comes Free

This is especially true with an international adoption. You won't be able to adopt internationally without paying some cost, typically in the thousands of dollars. However, there are some affordable programs with total costs in the low teens (that's about $17,000 or less) as opposed to adoption costs of twenty thousand or even thirty thousand dollars.

Adopting from Jamaica

Bringing home a child from Jamaica is probably one of the most affordable programs out there. Currently, the Child Development Agency in Jamaica does not charge a fee for adoption. Plus, you don't need the assistance of an agency. Without these two costs, you save thousands of dollars.

Adopting from Ethiopia

While the price is not as low as an adoption from Jamaica, the government in Ethiopia has reduced its international fee, making this African country an affordable international adoption choice. As of 2009, you can generally expect to bring a child home from Ethiopia at a cost of about $18,000. Even better, the wait is usually much shorter as well.

Adopting from Ukraine

Ukraine is one of the few countries where it is possible to adopt a child without hiring an agency, cutting about $4,000 from the total cost. However, you will have to take care to fully educate yourself before taking this daring adoption adventure.


Of course, one of the best ways to make your international adoption affordable is to learn to live on less and cut back on all unnecessary expenses. By bringing your own lunch to work every day and avoid eating out, you could raise enough money in two years to pay for your home study.


Fundraising is an excellent way of both making your adoption an affordable international adoption and involving friends and family in your adoption process. By holding a garage sale or two, you could raise enough money to pay your agency fees, while a fundraising dinner could take a big bite out of your international fees expense.

Other Helpful Sources

Ask many couples why they don't adopt, and they'll say finances are what are holding them back. But it doesn't have to be that way. My husband and I had a limited income, yet we were able to adopt three children, including one child from Guatemala without going into debt. You can too. Here's how.

Are you thinking about pursuing an international adoption? Developing a plan for how you'll pay for that adoption is the first step you should take. Here are some ways to get started.

There are many ways to fund an international adoption. Learn different ways by clicking here.

Uncle Sam also wants to help you with your adoption costs through a tax credit. Learn more.

If you're looking for more details about the tax credit, you can read more by clicking here.

Grants are a great way to help with adoption costs. Find agencies that offer grants by clicking here.

Want to learn about more places for grants? Here are some more great places to apply.

It is possible to find an international adoption you can afford. Here are some ideas to help save money.

Still wondering how you're going to pay those adoption expenses? Find more ways to raise funds by clicking here.

A garage sale is a great way to raise adoption funds. Learn how to finance your adoption by clicking here.

Intimidated by high adoption costs? Don't be. Paying for your adoption involves taking one step at a time. Find some more tips by clicking here.

So how much will your international adoption cost? The answer will depend on the country you choose and whether you choose to go through an agency or pursue an independent international adoption. Learn more here.

Fundraisers are a great way to pay for your adoption. Learn about some fun ones by clicking here.

The best kinds of fundraisers are fun, fairly simple to organize and - naturally - bring in the most funds for your international adoption. Learn more.

Making and selling gift baskets are one creative way to raise funds for your international adoption. You can read some tips on making an appealing basket by clicking here.

Thinking about taking out a loan to pay for your adoption? Read this article first by clicking here.

If you want to pursue a loan using your home as equity, there are important things to know upfront. Learn more here.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to pay for your international adoption is to learn to cut back on costs. Here are some easy ways.

Do you love doughnuts? You're not alone. Help pay for that adoption with a doughnut fundraiser. Learn more here.

When making plans for raising funds for your adoption, don't forget to include friends and family. Learn how to write a letter to solicit funds and help by clicking here.

More and more companies are now offering adoption benefits, so it's definitely worth your while to check and see if your company offers such benefits. Learn more.

Great Fundraisers!

Use a raffle to raise funds for your adoption. Learn more.

Sell t-shirts and pay for your adoption with a t-shirt fundraiser. Read more.

Read one person's story about raising funds for her adoption with a Garage sale fundraiser.

A benefit gala is a fun way to pay for your adoption. Read more.

How about a chicken dinner for raising funds. You can read all about it by clicking here.

One adoptive parent used a roller skating fundraiser to help with adoption costs. You can read her story by clicking here.

While you're doing one fundraiser, why not combine it with another one? Learn how.

Looking for a low-cost, simple way to raise funds? How about the pasta fundraiser? Read more.

A taste test party is another great way to raise funds. Learn more about it by clicking here.

Using the cash bash to raise funds for your adoption. Learn more.

A jigsaw puzzle fundraiser is a fun way to raise money for your adoption. You can read about it by clicking here.

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