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International Adoption Fee

The international adoption fee is most likely to be the highest part of your adoption expenses, sometimes coming to $10,000 per child or even more. So why is this fee so high?

Many overseas expenses contribute to the cost of your international adoption fee, including the following:

Foster Care/Orphanage Expenses

Even if you are in the process of an international infant adoption, you likely will not be able to bring your child home until she is at least seven months of age. Someone will have to take care of her during that time, and a large part of your international fees will go for either foster care or to help pay orphanage expenses.

Attorney Expenses

In some countries, an attorney will be hired to bring your case before the proper governmental agency and to represent you. Your fee will cover his expenses.

Bureaucracy Fees

Should your adoption be processed through a governmental agency, many hours will be devoted to reading your dossier and assigning a child to you. Part of your international adoption fee will go to cover those expenses.

Big Money

Accuse me of being cynical, but I can't help but think that adoption fees are driven - at least in part - by our willingness and ability to pay them. True, ten thousand dollars or more is a lot of money, but most of us, when sufficiently motivated, are able to pay them. If we weren't, I don't think the fees would be that high.

We want to think that all people involved in the adoption industry are honest and pursue such work for noble reasons. But let's face it; ten thousand dollars or more - a big enough expense to those of us living in the United States - is a king's ransom in a third world country. One can't help but think such a large sum has the ability to tempt and corrupt.

Unfortunately, it's part of the price you must pay to adopt internationally.

More Helpful Information

Think you can't afford the high costs of adoption? We brought all three of our children home without going into debt, and so can you! Learn more.

Private international adoption is possible, but be aware that there are a lot of steps - and - paperwork involved. Learn more here.

Are you single and want to adopt? Many countries will still allow you to adopt even if you aren't married. Learn more.

Curious about how many parents adopted from what countries last year? These international adoption statistics will provide you with the overall picture.

You're thinking about building your family through adoption. After reading about the big adoption picture, are you still undecided whether to adopt abroad? Here are points to think about when considering Domestic versus International Adoption.

So what are the positive aspects of bringing a child home from overseas? Read here about the pros of international adoption.

But be aware that there are negative aspects of adopting internationally as well. Here are some of the cons of international adoption.

Have you ever wondered why your international adoption fee is so high? Here are some of the expenses that are part of your international adoption fee.

If you are thinking about pursuing international adoption, you want to be sure and choose the right agency. Here are some tips on choosing an international adoption agency.

Adopting a child from another country isn't always smooth sailing. There are risks involved in international adoption. Learn more here.

Have you ever wondered how international adoption began? You can read the big adoption picture on the history of international adoption here.

Nowadays, most international adoption agencies post pictures of children on the web, knowing a picture is a powerful way to connect children with families. But you should always proceed with caution before looking at any photolisting. Learn more about it here.

If you are single and wanting to adopt, more countries will now allow you adopt a child, including a toddler, sibling group, older child or disabled child. Learn more here.

Pursuing an international adoption without the help of an adoption agency is not only possible, but a great way to save thousands of dollars and keep you in control of your international adoption. Learn more.

Why can't these children be adopted in their own countries? The answer usually has to do with culture and pressures from society. Read more.

The Hague Treaty has been in effect for a few years now, so how has it impacted international adoption? Read more

International adoption can be one of the greatest things that can happen to you, but if you fall into the hands of an unscrupulous agency, you adoption dreams could become a nightmare. Learn how to protect yourself by clicking here.

Many parents pursuing international adoption are asked why they don't pursue a domestic adoption instead. There are many reasons why a domestic adoption is not always possible. Read more.

The hardest part of international adoption is the long wait to bring your child home. Learn one adoptive mom's tips for enduring the wait by clicking here.

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