Cost to adopt a child

Adoption Attorney Stephen Ravel explains what the usual range is for adoption costs, including legal fees, homestudy cost, birth mother support, and more
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Cost to adopt a child

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The costs involved in the adoptions that I handle typically range from $15,000 to $22,000 dollars. And included in that would be my legal fees, which would be somewhere between six and eight thousand dollars, the cost of a homestudy, which may be $2,500 dollars, the support of the birth mother, which will really vary from nothing to a lot. And that is something that we determine as we get started. When I talk to the birth mother, I try and assess what her financial needs might be and then if you are going to another jurisdiction. If you are going outside of California for instance, you will need a lawyer or an agency where the birth mother is. And they will charge a fee for that. And you add all that up and it will be typically in that range, $15,000 to $22,000 dollars.

Adoption Attorney Stephen Ravel explains what the usual range is for adoption costs, including legal fees, homestudy cost, birth mother support, and more

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Stephen Ravel

Adoption Attorney

Stephen Ravel attended UC Berkley for his undergraduate degree and Santa Clara Law School for his law degree. Stephen has been an attorney since 1973, and has been involved with adoption law since 1984. He has handled over 1,300 adoptions since the start of his career. Stephen is married and has three children. His oldest child was adopted from Brazil at birth.

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