Frequently Asked Questions
Below you’ll find a few questions that hopeful adoptive parents frequently ask. Just click on the question to see its answer.
How much does it cost to adopt a child?
Because adoption costs vary widely, your adoption may be completed for as little as $500, or as much as $24,000. Much of this depends on the type of adoption (newborn vs. older child, domestic vs. international, agency vs. independent) and your state laws. In Chapter 12, Funding Your Adoption, you’ll learn how to save money, take advantage of unique tax benefits and complete your adoption with money to spare. To read a sample chapter about financing your adoption, view a list of deductible expenses and print a budget planning worksheet, click here.
How long will the process take?
The answer depends on your circumstances, the type of adoption you choose and the effort you make. If you pursue an independent adoption, work alongside an experienced adoption professional, and network on your own, you will probably adopt your child within four months to two years. The book reveals how to shorten your wait time.
How do I find an ethical adoption professional?
AdoptingOnline.com gives you specific advice on finding qualified professionals and being aware of red flags that could hinder your success. For example, when checking out an online professional, look for a phone number and a real address (not just a post office box) and see if they display memberships in organizations like the Better Business Bureau and the local Chamber of Commerce. Also, insist on five references of clients who have adopted through them. On page 164, the book lists the 18 tips you need to know to avoid fraud.
I am receiving infertility treatments. Can I still adopt?
The short answer is yes, but there is a larger answer, too. On page 10, the book answers this question in detail, including tips for selecting the right adoption professional should you become pregnant once you begin your adoption journey.
What can I do to ensure a safe, secure adoption?
One of the biggest fears about adoption is that the birth mother will change her mind. The facts are that while this fear is common, reclaim is rare. Chapter 11 is focused on helping you plan and complete your adoption both safely and successfully, with the peace of mind that your child is yours forever.
Free Sample Information From AdoptingOnline.com
Keeping Track of Your Adoption Expenses
Money is a big issue for most adoptive parents. That’s why AdoptingOnline.com is packed with sound advice on funding your adoption, keeping track of allowable and deductible expenses, and taking advantage of tax incentives. To read Chapter 14, which includes a free printable adoption budget worksheet, click here.