Adoptive families who pursue independent adoptions report spending $8,000 to $30,000 or more depending on several factors. Independent adoptions are now allowed in most states. Adoptive parents may find that they pay birth parent expenses for birth parents that then change their minds and that money is not reimbursed. Some states require that adoptive parents pay for separate representation for birth parents, in addition to their own legal representation. If the child has medical difficulties, birth expenses can be much higher.Estimate of Domestic Adoption Costs
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