The Cost of Adoption

There are few things more beautiful than adopting a child. No matter what age, opening the doors of your home to one in need is a heartwarming and joyous occasion. When considering adoption, it is important to understand the process and how much you will likely have to pay to adequately prepare.

The adoption process can either be fairly straightforward, or a complex legal landscape for hopeful parents. Preparation, execution, and patience will go a long way when you are considering pursuing an adoption. However, the prospect of adding a family member to your household makes the entire process worth it. It is best to be well informed and advised to help make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Types of Adoption

There are several types of adoptions available in Illinois. Knowing the type of adoption in which you are interested can provide insight into how much money the process is likely going to cost you. Types of adoptions available include the following:

  • Domestic Waiting Child Adoption – Referred to as special needs adoption;
  • Domestic Infant Adoption – Adoptions involving parent’s who voluntarily give up their parental rights;
  • Inter-County Adoption – The most complex type of adoption process;
  • Family Adoption – Where the adoptive parent is a relative of the child; and
  • Step-Parent Adoption – Where one parent relinquishes his or her parental rights and consents to the adoption.

Most adoptions through a private agency are going to require that the adoptive parents pay fees. Often, these fees are for the parents attorney’s service. Generally, the price range from the start of the adoption process until its conclusion is between $15,000 and $35,000.

State Sponsored Adoptions

A state-sponsored adoption is a unique kind of adoption. State sponsored adoptions involve children who the state deems available for adoption because the parenting rights of their biological parent’s have been involuntarily terminated.

State sponsored adoptions will cost the adoptive parents fees and expenses associated with the administrative process. Those monies are many times reimbursed by the state or through a tax incentive or credit. The money associated with raising and providing for the adopted child is largely generated through the taxes the state of Illinois receives.

Thinking About Adoption?

With the various types of adoptions and their accompanying processes, it is important to use a compassionate and knowledgeable Orland Park adoption attorney to help guide you through the process. The staff at Kezy & Associates have the experience and a proven record of assisting clients with their family law needs. Contact our Orland Park office at 708-518-8200 to schedule your free consultation today.


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