There are two main reasons why an adoptive couple may pay more than the $34,600 cost for adoption.
- They chose to adopt a child outside of Indiana. Different states have different financial requirements for adoption, which can be pretty costly. If you’re chosen by an expectant mom from outside of Indiana, you have the first right of refusal.
- Their criteria for adoption are very specific. The criteria you choose for an adopted child has a direct impact on how long you will wait to be matched. For example, if you will only accept a child whose race matches your own, who has no exposure to substances, and you want no contact with the birth family, it will likely take much longer to match you than a family who has less specific needs.
If we’re unable to find a child that matches your criteria within the first year, a monthly fee will be applied as we continue to market your family and try to find a match.
Also, don’t forget to budget for your own legal fees. You will retain an attorney to represent you for the adoption proceedings. If you don’t have one, no worries. ASC will connect you with one that we have vetted and is knowledgeable with adoption law in Indiana.