Adoption Cost in Florida

As you begin your journey and the process of adoption in Florida there will be several questions that will come up at some point. How much will it cost? What type of adoption are you interested in? Are you looking at public, private or international? All have different costs associated with them. You will want to figure out what is important to you and your family and what you want your adoption story to look like. Once you make these decisions you will be better equipped to look at possible costs.

Private/Agency Adoption

If you’ve chosen a private, domestic adoption, the first thing you will want to do is find a good licensed agency or professional. This will be an extremely important part of the process which makes doing research on the agencies you are interested in so important. They will be there every step of the way guiding and supporting you. Using a reputable, licensed agency will make it easier to ask questions and have them answered by someone who knows the in and outs of the adoption process. They will be a strong support system, helping move you through and over barriers and hurdles that on your own would be impossible to navigate. As important as an agency or professional is, know that you will also be adding on significant costs. Establishing a budget from the beginning is a must. Agency or professional expenses could be anywhere in the neighborhood of, on the low end $4,000 to the much higher end of $30,000 per adoption. This may seem like a significant amount of money, but when broken down it’s easy to see where it all goes. A considerable amount of these costs will go toward legal expenses, which include document preparation and court representation. You may also be expected to pay some Birth Mother costs which may include temporary living facilities, medical costs, counseling fees, attorney and legal fees and possibly travel.

The adoption journey is different for everyone and because of this costs associated to the process vary as well. Doing your research will put you in a good place to understand the ins and outs and expect the unexpected.

Public Adoption

There are so many children in the Florida foster care system waiting for their forever families! Just as YOU might be waiting for a wonderful foster child and not even know it yet! If this is something you have thought about only a little, then that’s enough to get the ball rolling. Anyone who has the ability to love and care for a child can adopt through the Florida Public Adoption system. There are so many wonderful benefits to adopting a child through the public system! One such benefit being, is that it’s a fraction of the cost of a private adoption. The only real costs you will be looking at are court document and lawyer fees; however these may be reimbursed by the state. Most adoption fees, pre-adoption fees, home studies and placement costs will not be a worry if you decide to adopt through the Florida Foster Care system as you will be reimbursed. If this is something you have thought about before but aren’t quite sure where to begin take some time to do research of your own. Ask yourself what you are looking for in your adoption journey. You may have questions regarding the adoption process and what those costs associated with it may be. There are also many wonderful websites you can visit that will provide a wealth of information about costs or any number of questions you may have.

International (Inter-country) Adoptions

Over the years international adoptions have comprised a significantly large number of adoptions in the United States. For any number of reasons; such as one or both Adopting Parents are from a different country and they are interested in adopting a child from that country, they may have family still living in their birth country and are looking at adopting a child within the family network, or they might have had friends who had a positive experience adopting from a certain country and are now interested in researching adoption themselves; whatever the reason, you will always want to do your research on all aspects of any type of adoption. There will definitely be specific costs associated with an inter-country adoption. Because of the nature of this type of adoption you can expect to pay somewhere in the range of $30,000 to $70,000. This will of course depend on the country you are adopting from as well as other details like travel expenses. Travel expenses will be a considerably large portion of these costs. You might also have to make several trips back and forth to get everything in order before you bring a child home. The length of your stay will determine your budget. International adoptions do not differ from state to state, only country to country. If you reside in Florida and are interested in this type of adoption, working with a reputable agency can help pave the way for a wonderful adoption experience!

Agency or Professional Costs

If you choose to work with an agency or professional, know that there will be significant costs you will need to cover. As stated above in the “Private/Agency Adoption” information section agency fees in Florida can run upwards of $30,000 for a private adoption. Included in this will be any number of things such as lawyer and court fees, documentation and paperwork handled by your lawyer, home study costs, travel and Birth Mother expenses. Make sure to find the right agency or lawyer who will represent you the way you need and want to be. Starting this journey on the right path will make this a wonderful and truly life changing experience!

Birth Mother Expenses

During a private adoption, potential adopting parents may help with certain Birth Mother expenses. This may or may not be included in the fees you will be responsible for paying. In most cases it will also be up to you how much you would like to help. Keep in mind most Birth Mothers have reached out for help because they are not in a position to take care of their children, and need financial support. Evaluate your situation and decide what is best for you. Some common Birth Mother related expenses may include –

Maternity-related medical and hospital costs
Temporary living expenses of the mother during her pregnancy
Counseling fees
Attorney and legal fees
Travel costs of the Birth Mother to and from the doctor

Attorney or Legal Fees

If you are interested in adopting a child in the state of Florida, hiring an adoption attorney is definitely something you will want to research. They will be very knowledgeable on the adoption process in the state and should be up to date on laws, rules and regulations. That being said, you will want to do careful research into the right attorney for you and your family. You can expect court documentation and paperwork filing to be anywhere in the neighborhood of $500 to $2,000. Attorney fees may range from $2,500 to $12,000 depending on your specific case. Adoption can be extremely expensive. You want to be confident that whomever you work with will gain parental rights for you at the end of the process. A successful adoption is your wonderful end goal! A well-informed and educated lawyer will help you navigate and avoid unnecessary expenses and fees from an unsuccessful adoption in Florida.

Home Study Costs

Whether you are doing an international, domestic or public/foster adoption in Florida you will be required to have a home study. The cost for the home study process varies from state to state and in Florida can be anywhere from $900 to $3,000. What type of adoption you have decided on will also play a role in cost. Domestic adoption home studies will usually cost less than an international or inter-country adoption. An international adoption home study will tend to be higher because of the amount of travel involved for both you and your social worker. There are also more rules and regulations to comply with which means more administrative costs. In most cases the home study will be free when adopting though the Florida foster care system as long as the public agency you are working with has a social services and a human resources department.

A note from Adoption Network Law Center

No matter your decision, we appreciate the time you have taken to read about how to adopt in Florida. Adoption Network Law Center wishes you the best of luck and is available to answer any further questions you may have about the adoption process. Call 1-866-602-9541 to speak with one of our amazing team members or visit https://adoptionnetwork.com/ to read more about our services. Whether you’re a soon-to-be Birth Parent or Prospective Adoptive Parent, ANLC wishes you the best on your adoption journey.