How much is it to adopt a child

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how much it usually costs to adopt a baby, depending on the type of adoption, if an adoption agency or adoption attorney is used, etc.
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How much is it to adopt a child

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The cost of adoption varies depending what avenue you take. Agencies are non-profit, so they tend to be on the lower end, attorneys are for profit, so they can be a little higher. But you really want to choose a program that is best for you and always. So it can range from 15 to over 50, depending on your scenario. But something to look into is something called Federal Adoption Tax Credit and that allows the families who make under 180 thousand dollars a year annualy combined to receive up to 13 thousand dollars back in your pocket once you finalize. Once you make over 180 thousand dollars, it does slowly go down what you qualify for. I believe you don’t qualify if you make over – as a couple – 220 thousand dollars a year. But it’s something to look into and it’s important to consider when you’re looking at your expenses and what you can afford. When it comes to birth mother expenses at independent adoption center and in California as well as in many other states, it really needs to be pregnancy related and that could be helping her with rent, utilities, food, medical bills – a lot, a majority of the birth mothers are on state coverage so it tends to be very little to no medical bills, which is a nice thing to know. But it does depend on your situation. And with your adoption professional you’re going to decide to what extent you’re comfortable with helping birth parents.

Jennifer Bliss, PsyD Adoption Expert, explains how much it usually costs to adopt a baby, depending on the type of adoption, if an adoption agency or adoption attorney is used, etc.

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Jennifer Bliss, PsyD

Counseling Director of Independent Adoption Center

Dr. Jennifer Bliss is the National Associate Counseling Director and Southern California Branch Co-Director at the Independent Adoption Center (IAC), the preeminent open adoption agency in the United States. She is also the author of a new book on open adoption, Another Choice: A compassionate Guide to Placing a Child For Adoption.

Dr. Bliss attended the University of Southern California where she received a BA in Psychology and a B.S. in Education. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Welfare from University of California Los Angeles and completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ryokan College. Dr. Bliss supervises the Open Adoption Counselors in the Northern and Southern California offices and provides ongoing training and support for IAC counseling staff throughout the county. Additionally, Dr. Bliss was the featured counselor on "Adoption Diaries", WEtv's documentary series on Open Adoption.

Founded in 1982, IAC has been instrumental in pioneering open adoption. It is a counseling-based, licensed, nonprofit agency, and has facilitated over 4,000 adoptions, making it one of the oldest and largest fully open adoption agencies in the country. The agency also prides itself on the fact that it is one of the only adoption agencies in the country that has never had any exclusionary policies for adoptive parents, including age, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, ethnic background, color, or race.

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