How much is it to adopt a child

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how much it usually costs to adopt a baby, depending on the type of adoption, if an adoption agency or adoption attorney is used, etc.
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How much is it to adopt a child

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The cost of adoption varies depending what avenue you take. Agencies are non-profit, so they tend to be on the lower end, attorneys are for profit, so they can be a little higher. But you really want to choose a program that is best for you and always. So it can range from 15 to over 50, depending on your scenario. But something to look into is something called Federal Adoption Tax Credit and that allows the families who make under 180 thousand dollars a year annualy combined to receive up to 13 thousand dollars back in your pocket once you finalize. Once you make over 180 thousand dollars, it does slowly go down what you qualify for. I believe you don’t qualify if you make over – as a couple – 220 thousand dollars a year. But it’s something to look into and it’s important to consider when you’re looking at your expenses and what you can afford. When it comes to birth mother expenses at independent adoption center and in California as well as in many other states, it really needs to be pregnancy related and that could be helping her with rent, utilities, food, medical bills – a lot, a majority of the birth mothers are on state coverage so it tends to be very little to no medical bills, which is a nice thing to know. But it does depend on your situation. And with your adoption professional you’re going to decide to what extent you’re comfortable with helping birth parents.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how much it usually costs to adopt a baby, depending on the type of adoption, if an adoption agency or adoption attorney is used, etc.

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Founder of Bliss Adoption Services

Dr. Jennifer Bliss has dedicated her career to adoption education and support. She specializes in providing clinical services for all members of the adoption triad, including adoption education/consultation and pre/post adoption relationship support. Throughout her career, Dr. Bliss has been passionate about educating the public on best practices in adoption and the psychology of open adoption. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.
Dr. Bliss received her BA in Psychology and BS in Education from University of Southern California. She went on to earn her MSW from UCLA and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss has supervised adoption counselors across the country and has spoken on the psychology behind open adoption at universities and statewide conferences. She has also appeared as the open adoption expert on radio programs, podcasts, television shows and was the primary adoption consultant and featured counselor on WEtv's 4-part documentary series, "Adoption Diaries.”

 

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