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May 2014Vol. 15, No. 5Cost of Adoption 2012-2013

Adoptive Families magazine recently featured an article with results from its survey of more than 1,100 families that adopted a child between 2012 and 2013. The survey inquired about the cost of intercountry and domestic adoption before adoption-related employee benefits or the adoption tax credits were received.

According to survey results:

  • On average, domestic adoptions cost less than intercountry adoptions.
  • Total expenses for most adopting families averaged $35,000.
  • The least-expensive adoption option is adoption from the U.S. foster care system.

"Cost of Adoption Update: 2012–2013" is available on Adoptive Families website: