Now that we’ve made the decision to adopt from China, the weight of what that will mean financially has hit me. $25,000 is LOT of money.
A lot of people have asked me why adoption costs so much. It just seems so wrong that a philanthropic deed should be so expensive, right? (More later on the whole “philanthropic deed” thing.)
Well, I’m totally with you. I was really disappointed and frustrated by the cost of adopting. That was until our agency, CCAI, sent us an information packet which included a full breakdown of the costs that will be incurred. I thought I would share it with you so that you can also have a better understanding of where all that money goes.
I hope you can see those clearly. The “program fees,” when broken down, are mostly administrative handling done by the agency. This involves: orientation/consultation, home study coordination, Dossier review/assistance, Hague & CCCWA required parent training, translations, Child Match coordination, trip planning, USCIS & Hague monitoring (to ensure we constantly meet their ever-changing requirements), international communication, post adoption support, and more.
As you can see, there is a lot of administrative work involved that seems to require constant attention. I’m sure there are a lot of fees that could be minimized and as we get into this process more deeply, we will see flaws in the process. For now, however, I have made peace with the cost. Most importantly, I feel confident that the agency we have chosen is an ethical and responsible one.
In comparison to a domestic private adoption, the cost is comparable but for different reasons. Thinking about it, we are talking about legalizing the “ownership” of another human being… it’s kind of a big deal. It should be difficult to go through the process because it is a serious undertaking. Again, I know that there can be unnecessary policies and fraud but mostly, I feel at peace with the process (we’ll see how I feel in 6 months).
Do you have any experience with the adoption process? What are your fears or beliefs about the cost of adoption?
Oh, and do you have any fundraising ideas for me??