The reason that infant, embryo, and international adoption is so expensive is that (unlike foster care), the cost is not paid for by tax payers.  We estimate that adoption from foster care costs taxpayers $100,000 per case.  Our infant, international and domestic programs are only a small fraction of that cost.

In addition, adoption is expensive because several costs are incurred along the way.

The agency must cover its own expenses of staff and other overhead.

For instance, in the case of International adoption, the chart to the right shows how expenses go to travel, the adoption agency, and expenses incurred in the foreign country.

Travel expenses are included in the cost, and many nations require two or three trips to the country. These trips are sometimes for weeks at a time, and require the help of translators and other specialists.

Finally, the orphanage where the child is currently living needs to cover its costs, and the costs of the other children who are left behind. These fees are part of the “country fee,” which often makes up the largest expense of an international adoption.

In International adoption, fees cover:

  • Travel to the foreign country
  • Government fees in the foreign country
  • Legal and facilitator fees in the foreign country
  • Adoption agency overhead and expenses
  • Liability insurance and compliance
  • US government fees for application, visa, and authentication of documents
  • Donations and support to the foreign orphanage

In Domestic adoption, fees cover:

  • birth mother expenses (hospital, housing, food)
  • government and legal fees
  • counseling with potential birth mothers
  • adoption agency overhead and expenses
  • advertising on your behalf

In Snowflake® embryo adoptions, fees cover:

  • legal contracts
  • shipping of embryos
  • lab tests for donor parents
  • adoption agency overhead and expenses
Example of fees for International Adoption

Why is it so expensive