You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Adopt

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Alexa, age 16, dreams of one day walking through the mall while having “girl talk” with a mother that is patient and kind… One who understands and loves her unconditionally. To learn more about her, please visit her profile located on our website: Alexa

The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. This high cost is usually due to the matching process of finding a newborn. However, if you choose to adopt internationally, the cost can be much higher. If you choose to adopt within the U.S. foster care system, the cost is much much lower. Depending on whether you choose to go through a non-profit, public, or private agency, the cost is anywhere from zero to $5,000 – per child (excluding the expense of a home study).

If you so choose to adopt a child from the foster care system, keep in mind that you will most likely be matched with older children. Unless you are a foster parent, being matched with a newborn (through the foster care system) is highly rare. Be open to adopting an age range of children. The number of children that age out of the foster care system is astounding- that being 20,000 per year. Consider adopting 16-year-old Alexa!

For more info on adopting newborns or children in the foster care system, please visit the following website: