Comparing costs & fees
When adopting outside of a public agency, fees can seem overwhelming. Comparing adoption expenses of different agencies or other adoption professionals is smart. Unfortunately, not all fees are presented in the same way, which can make this hard.
Adoptions From The Heart believes families should know what they are getting into. We have posted all of our fees on our website, as well as any estimated fees for such things as legal and inter-state costs.
While trying to compare adoption expenses you should also look at what services are being provided. Some agencies don’t have local staff and can’t offer support at the hospital for prospective adoptive families. Some leave it to families to navigate their way through complicated legal paperwork. You deserve to have someone on your side to help during this emotional time. Adoptions From The Heart will help you every step of the way.
Help With Adoption Expenses
Adoptions From The Heart knows that adoption may seem out of reach for many families but there is help out there. Learn more about grants and loans, the federal adoption tax credit, and creative financing options, by downloading our flyer about help with adoption expenses. In addition, check with your employer to see if they have any adoption benefits.
Worrying about Financial Loss
Adoptions From The Heart understands adoption can be scary. Adoption involves a certain degree of legal, emotional and financial risk. We understand that families usually only have a limited amount of money to fulfill their dream of adoption. Therefore, our policies are as follows:
- If a woman changes her mind and decides to parent her child prior to placement placement fees are returned to the family (in the adoption world this is called a disappointment).
- If a woman decides to parent her child after placement with the prospective adoptive family, Adoptions From The Heart will credit the money paid toward a new placement. In other words, you don’t lose the money and have to pay again, (this is called a disruption).
Once a child is placed with a family many agencies and adoption attorneys consider this a placement, no matter if the woman changes her mind or not. This means that they keep any money earned and require families to pay again for a new placement. This can mean a huge financial loss for a family and possibly prevent them from being able to continuing their adoption journey.
Adoption Guidelines with fees are based on your state of residence.
Please note: To reﬂect current placement trends, Adoptions From The Heart is ONLY accepting applicants who are minimally open to adopting children of African-American heritage. We encourage families to be open to adopting children of all races.
Families who do not meet these requirements may choose to join our waiting list. A $100 non-refundable fee will be required to join and will be applied to the $500 application fee when our full domestic program is opened to all applicants. At such time, those on the waiting list will be considered a priority.
Residents in states we are licensed ( NJ, PA, DE, NY, CT and VA) – Download adoption guidelines with fees and costs.
Residents of Washington DC, Maryland – Download adoption guidelines with fees and costs.
Residents in other states wishing to adopt African-American children – Download adoption guidelines with fees and costs.
Residents who would like to be placed on our waiting list – Download adoption application
Call Adoptions From The Heart at 1-800-355-5500