Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding decisions a family can make. For many, parenthood is a dream that takes years to come to fruition. For some, parenthood is not possible biologically. Whether you have struggled with infertility or have always dreamed of adopting a child, you may feel like you are more than ready to start this incredible journey. You may also feel like you would spend every last penny to have a child to love and raise. If you are looking to grow your family through adoption, however, you also may have the more realistic question of, “How much does adoption cost?”
Adoptions fees will vary based on your state, as well as the type of adoption and adoption agency you choose. Today, prospective parents can choose domestic adoption, international adoption, foster care adoption or private adoption. Each path will vary in its fees and requirements.
If you are a prospective parent looking to adopt a child privately in Massachusetts, this article is for you. Here, we will provide basic information around the costs of adoption in Massachusetts.
Understanding Adoption Costs
There are two common cost structures among private adoption agencies. Some agencies offer flat fees for adoption, while others offer an ad-hoc pricing model depending on the services needed. A flat fee is generally offered at full-service adoption agencies, and covers all the services provided to your family as well as the expectant/birth mother. If you are wondering what the adoption costs go towards, consider the following.
At Adoptions With Love, the cost of adoption covers the following services for prospective adoptive families:
- Complete home study, which is required in Massachusetts
- Comprehensive marketing and matching with expectant/birth parents
- Full legal services, including termination of birth father’s rights
- ICPC and adoption finalization services
- Pre-adoptive educational seminars to prepare for your baby’s arrival
- Post-adoption education and counseling for you and your child
- Post-placement letter and picture program for years after the adoption
As a private, full-service adoption agency, Adoptions With Love also puts the adoption payment towards any necessary prenatal and postpartum costs for the birth mother. This includes:
- Financial assistance with rent, utilities, phone, food, maternity clothing and other necessities, as needed.
- Counseling services
- Medical care
- Legal representation
Adoptions With Love is a private, domestic, non-profit, full-service adoption agency. Our agency offers parents an all-inclusive, flat fee. This means that everything associated with their child’s adoption is covered and the prospective adoptive parents do not need to worry about being confronted with any additional costs down the road in the adoption journey.
Some adoption agencies offer a varying pricing model depending on the services needed. At many of these agencies, the cost of adoption is non-refundable – even if an adoption falls through. Therefore, it is important to inquire about the agency’s costs and commitment to finalizing your adoption, before getting started.
What if a Birth Mother Changes Her Mind?
For many hopeful adoptive families, there is a fear of losing the adoption money should a birth mother change her mind. When a birth mother changes her mind about placing her child for adoption, prospective adoptive parents are often left feeling quite disappointed and unsure of what comes next.
At Adoptions With Love, our caring and experienced counselors can help you through the bumps in the road. You can take advantage of these counseling services – which are part of your adoption fee – to work through a disrupted adoption. It is important, however, to not lose hope. Your child is out there, and Adoptions With Love will work diligently until you are together. We are committed to working with you until you have your baby.
When a birth mother changes her mind about her adoption plan, adoptive families working with AWL can rest assured that their money – and time commitment – is not lost. The adoption fee will not be deposited and will be used towards a future adoption.
With a full-service adoption agency like Adoptions With Love, you can be confident that your adoption is in excellent, capable hands. We work with expectant/birth mothers around the country, but we mostly place children with families who live in Massachusetts. This cuts down the wait time significantly for hopeful adoptive parents. Our adoptive families typically have their baby at home within 6-18 months from the time they complete the home study process.
If you are ready to grow your family through adoption, contact Adoptions With Love today. We can work with you and answer any questions you may have about the adoption process. Call us at 617-964-4357 or contact us here for more information. You can also read our free eBook: Massachusetts Adoptive Family FAQ: