What Does It Cost to Adopt A Child?
The cost of an adoption depends on multiple factors, including the type of adoption. In Ohio, there are five general types of adoptions: Public Adoption, Private Independent Adoption, Private Agency Adoption, International Adoption, and Open Adoptions.
Although it depends on a variety of circumstances, in Ohio, attorney-arranged adoptions are usually less expensive than private agency adoptions.
According to the Ohio Bar Association, the average cost of a private agency adoption for a healthy infant without special needs ranges from $12,000 to $16,000. Attorney fees for a similar adoption range from $3,000 to $5,000. In addition, an agency home study often costs between $1,300 to $2,500; a home study was done through the courts in Ohio usually averages between $200 and $600. The state or county subsidizes a non-private or “public” agency adoption, so the cost to adoptive parents is very low, or sometimes, even free.
Therefore, take time to speak with your local attorney to learn more about how adoption can be affordable to you. For more information and for assistance with adoption, contact the Wampler Law Firm at (513) 313-2524 or email@example.com.