Children who are eligible for adoption come from many different settings in the United States and within other countries. Some are in foster care, a temporary home setting. Other children live in orphanages or with birth relatives until they can be adopted. The more common instruments of adoption are:
- infant adoption,
- foster care adoption, and
- international adoption.
You will find information on each of these categories on the left side of this page which is a good place to start. If the idea of adoption has taken hold of your heart then we strongly recommend you begin with reading Journey to the Fatherless . In fact, there are three books in a set that are great resources for your personal journey to that special child. You can order the 3 book set by going to the left side of this page and clicking on “Special Price for All Three Books” or individually from any bookstore.
The cost of adoption differs if adopting domestically, from the public foster care system, or from overseas. Domestic adoptions and international adoptions cost anywhere from $8,000 to $40,000, more commonly falling between $15,000 to $25,000. The cost of adopting a child from foster care adoption is minimal, if anything. In many jurisdictions even the cost of your training and licensing will be reimbursed by the foster care agencies.
Needed post-adoption services are also a cost consideration. Costs might include family counseling or medical procedures in case of a child with special needs. There are in place a number of cost-saving mechanisms, such as federal tax credits, which assist in defraying pre-adoption and post-adoption expenses.
Many people believe that for them, adoption is not possible. For some, the cost scares them away. For others it could be family resistance, stories about troubled children, confusion on where to go, a lack of help or places to turn to for assistance. Hopefully, we can address those concerns and help you get started on the journey.