How much does it cost to adopt?
Most of our adoptions are estimated between $30-45,000. Our estimate includes birth mother expenses, payments to third party providers (if finalizing in California), attorney fees and costs.
We strive to give you an overview of ALL expenses associated with an adoption in California.
PLEASE NOTE: The entire amount of the adoption is NOT paid all at once.
Attorney fees, an initial costs deposit and the first month of birth mother expenses (varies for each case) is due at the time the match is made. Birth mother living expenses are deposited monthly into the attorney/client trust account in order to be disbursed to the birth mother or on her behalf to creditors. Payments to third party providers (if finalizing in California) are paid at different times throughout the case.
For example: payment to the Adoption Service Provider is due approximately 4-6 weeks before the expected date of delivery while payment to the State of California is due approximately 30-45 days after the baby is born. Any ICPC fees are paid after the birth at the time the Interstate Compact package is prepared.
FEES, COSTS & EXPENSES IN EVERY DIRECT PLACEMENT ADOPTION THROUGH OUR OFFICE
All of our situations will include the following fees, costs and expenses:
*Initial Costs Deposit (covers items including FedEx, mileage, notary, etc.)
*Adoption Service Provider
*Independent Counsel (if applicable)
*State of California Department of Social Services
*Birth Mother Expenses – Varies with each situation The one area that varies is the birth mother expenses based on how much assistance is needed per month and for how many months. All of our situations will have some amount of birth mother living expenses.
EXPLANATION OF THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS
There are additional parties associated with an adoption. These parties will obtain payment directly from you, the adopting parents. These entities are not associated with our office. We do, however, include the cost of their services in our overall estimate of expenses.
**THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS: There are additional parties associated with an adoption. These parties will obtain payment directly from you, the adopting parents. These entities are not associated with our office. We do, however, include the cost of their services in our overall estimate of expenses.
ADOPTION SERVICE PROVIDER: In an independent direct placement adoption in California, an Adoption Service Provider (ASP) is required. The ASP is an independent social worker who meets with the birth mother before the birth to advise her of her rights. Then she/he will meet with the birth mother again after the birth (minimum of 10 days in between each visit) to review the documents and witness the signing of the Adoption Placement Agreement.
INDEPENDENT COUNSEL: In California, the birth mother has a 30-day period in which she can revoke her placement agreement. If she is willing to sign a waiver of this 30-day period, an independent attorney must be retained to advise her about the waiver.
CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: The state department of social services is involved in the adoption process in two possible ways. If you already have a completed home study before the birth, the state will prepare their final report for a fee of $1,550. If you do not have a completed home study before the birth of the adoptable child, the CA State DSS is required to conduct a post placement investigation in addition to their final report. In these instances, the state charges $4,500.