While most know that it can be quite expensive to adopt through international or private domestic adoption programs, adopting through a foster care agency can involve very little expense…and sometimes none at all!
Families who seek to adopt from foster care typically work through local state child welfare agencies and/or private agencies under contract with their state or county. Because of this, the level of expense incurred in the adoption process is generally diminished when compared to that of a private or independent agency. According to statistics stated on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, the average cost of adopting from foster care can run anywhere between $0 to $2,500. While adopting domestically either through a private agency or independently can be expensive, adopting from foster care is generally the least financially prohibitive path to adoption.
Additionally, adopting from foster care has a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable and waiting children in your own community. Many children enter foster care as victims of abuse and/or neglect. Adopting from foster care is an incredible way to have a profound impact on the life of a waiting child, providing an opportunity for them to experience the love, support, and security of a family through adoption.
Regardless of what type of adoption program you are considering, Show Hope believes that the financial cost of adoption should never keep a waiting child from knowing the love of a family. Show Hope exists to give life-saving medical care to orphans with special needs and to provide financial grants to help bring waiting children into families. Visit our website if you would like more information about Show Hope’s adoption aid grants!