Friday, January 13, 2012

How Much Does an Adoption Cost - Home Study

Since we're done with the Home Study bit, I thought it might be interesting for some of you to know how much it has cost us so far.
Discussing money when adopting is always a bit touchy... Some people think that this money is used to buy the child or something. Of course, this couldn't be further from the truth! A lot of administrative work is involved in processing a legal and ethical adoption. And this work is not free.

This said, I have kept the count of every adoption related expense we have made since our decision to adopt and it comes close to $4,000. I guess this is what an average Canadian family should expect to pay for the Home Study process of any International Adoption. From there on, the cost will depend on the country you picked...
These $4,000 include the cost of the Home Study itself (to pay the social worker time and mileage), but also lawyer costs (for documents certification), agency fees, courrier fees, administrative fees (when requesting documents from the government and other institutions), International Adoption training and a (very inexpensive) wedding.

That's pretty close to what we had planned for. I expect the next part of the process (getting a match and travelling to pick up our cinnamon baby) will make these $4,000 look like pocket change!

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