Does the cost of adoption vary?
An adoption search and adopting a child, the cost will vary. If the child has been born, then the adoptive parents will be responsible for all costs associated with the adoption. The agency or family law attorney involved will be able to give you an estimate of the cost in your particular situation.
If the child has not yet been born when the process begins, the adoptive parents generally must provide for the costs of adopting a child and all reasonable pregnancy-related medical expenses and living expenses of the birth mother. This can amount to several thousand dollars in an adoption search.
What if I can’t afford the costs of adopting a child?
All states participate in a federal program that provides funds to assist people who are willing to adopt a child with “special needs” that make it difficult for an agency to place the child. In addition, some states may help you out financially even if the child does not have special needs. An attorney or agency in your state will know if this kind of financial assistance is available.
Must be married to adopt a child?
Whether or not you must be married to adopt a child will depend upon the law in your state. Some states permit adoption by married couples only.
Must be heterosexual to adopt a child?
States have different rules regarding adopt search by homosexuals or same sex couples. The law in this area of adoption is developing, so it is important to consult a family law attorney knowledgeable about family law in your state.
What will an agency take into account if I want to adopt a child?
When whether to recommend allowing you to adopt a child, the agency will consider everything that is in the best interests of the child – including the marital status, financial condition, sexual orientation, age, physical, mental and emotional health, religion, and race of the adoptive parents. Some factors (such as race) are challenged occasionally, and the law is not entirely clear regarding which factors may be considered.
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