This morning I commented on a post concerning adoption, and I thought what I shared might be useful for those looking to adopt. Adoption doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. What many private agencies charge is robbery (IMO).
If the unholy cost of adoption is stopping you, check out your local social services agency. That is where my husband and I finally adopted. It was way cheaper, and since we got a brother and sister at the same time, one fee for approval took care of both children.
I can only speak for South Carolina, but the fee there was $1000.00 in 2006. It covered the home study, background check and fire/safety inspection. It is nothing major. The social worker comes to see the home and the room(s) the child will have. The fire dept. comes to make sure you have smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher, and that you have drawn an escape plan.
The only additional fees are the ones from the attorney you choose, and the court costs to complete the paperwork. That was around another $700.00 in our case. We also had to get physicals, so that would depend on insurance and the doctor’s fee.
Just thought I would share this in case anyone out there in blog land is looking to adopt, but wondering how to come up with the massive amount of money. You don’t need to go to a private agency that will charge thousands and thousands of dollars to set you up with a birth mother who can possibly want you to cover her medical expenses and who still has the right to change her mind without having to repay you. The agency will not return any money either. We started our adoption journey with a private agency, and learned the hard way. We were chosen by two different birth mothers who both changed their minds at the last minute, and the agency couldn’t have cared less. Fortunately, we never agreed to pay any medical expenses for these girls.
OK, rant over. I highly recommend checking out your local social services. You will likely have to take a child a little bit older as they don’t have many infants (ours were 3 and 4), but, 10 years later we have two beautiful, healthy teenagers.