Estimated Adoption Expenses

Adoption is…expensive. And sadly it’s why many families choose not to pursue this grace- and love-filled path towards completing their families. We know that we are called, and that we are equipped, and that being equipped also means having a peace that the funds necessary to bring our child home will be there. Among other things, we are working like crazy and accepting every freelance job that comes our way, being Dave Ramsey disciples and stashing virtually all of our discretionary spending towards our fees and expenses, and pursuing very intentional fundraising (such as garage sales and partnering with JOYN India.) We even refinanced our house, which payed off in a big way!

When our home study is complete, we will have a page set up through a non-profit organization where tax-deductible donations can be made and specifically marked for our adoption expenses. If you feel led to bless our family with a donation, more info and a link will be set up as soon as it’s available.

We believe in transparency and openness when it comes to the cost of our adoption for 3 main reasons: First, if you are supporting us in any way, you deserve to know exactly where the money is going and what it is going to. Second, we hope it shows that a goal that might seem virtually insurmountable by two people who work in the ministry (ha!) can be overcome with disciplined spending and the support of our community. Third, if you’re thinking of adopting, we hope that we can be a resource for you.

AGENCY FEES
Application Fee: $250
Agency Fee: $6000
Orphan Care Sustainability Projects: $250
Home Study Fee: $1750
Post-Placement Services: $1950
Post-Adoption Management: $250
Shipping Costs: $360
TOTAL: $10,560 that is due in 4 equal payments of $2640 (not including $250 app fee). As the pilot family, the 4th installment is scholarshipped, bringing our total to $8170 (1st and 2nd $2640 installment paid as of 09/2015; 3rd and final payment paid 10/2016)
Total Paid in this category: $8,170. Total Remaining: $0

DOSSIER PREPARATION
Citizenship and Immigration Services Fees: $890
Immigration 800A Review Fee: $360

Prepare & Enrich Marriage Assessment: $35
Crossings Training: $100
HIV/AIDS Online Education: $16
NCFA (Hague Convention) Parent Training: $195
Birth Certificates & Marriage License (5 copies of each): $107
Legalization of acceptance dossier (authenticated and apostilled): $224
TOTAL: $1,927
Total Paid in this category: $1927. Total Remaining: $0

OTHER U.S. ADOPTION EXPENSES
Fingerprinting for 2 adults: $100
Full medical reports for 2 adults: $439
Full medical reports for 2 adults (at least one update since it expires every 12 month): $439 (Summer 2016 update: yes, we had to pay this!)
USCIS Update: $360 (This may or may not ultimately be required of us; we will have to pay it of our immigration expires, or if we have a major home study update. Please pray we do not have to pay this! (Summer 2016 Update: yes, we had to pay it!)
Major Home Study Update: $500

TOTAL: $1838
Total Paid in this category: $1838. Total Remaining: $0 

ESTIMATED IN-COUNTRY EXPENSES WHILE IN IND!A
Based on two trips:
Round-Trip Airfare for 2 Adults and 1 child: $3000 (1st trip: court appearance; one ticket covered by airline points)
Round-Trip Airfare for 2 Adults: $2600 (2nd trip: gotcha!)
Ind!an Visas for 2 adults and 1 child, plus Courier Fee: $525 (only option available is a 10-year visas at $175 each)
Passport for Evie (she will have to go on the first trip for practical reasons): $105
One-way ticket HOME for the little one!: $1000
Translator/Guide Fees in RIPA region for both trips and Delhi for 2nd trip ($100/day): $1600
Accommodations and travel for Translator/Guide in RIPA region: $1000
Accommodations in RIPA region for both trips: $100 (we should be able to cover this with Starwood Points and only have to pay for taxes and fees)
Accommodations in Delhi for 2nd trip: $500
Transportation within Ind!a (flights between Delhi and RIPA region, taxis, etc.): $800
Food and other misc. expenses: $1000
TOTAL: $12,230 
Total Paid in this category: $105. Total Remaining: $12,125

FIXED IN-COUNTRY EXPENSES
Child Care Corpus Fee: $5000 (Paid in two installments to the orphanage and covers the care of our child and court costs.) 1st payment paid 10/2016: $2500
Child’s Medical $275
Child’s Visa $325
Bond posted for child: $1000
TOTAL: $6600
Total Paid in this category: $2,500. Total Remaining: $4,100

POST-ADOPTION EXPENSES
US Court Adoption: $2000
Citizenship Certificate: $420
Birth Certificate: $20
Court Costs: $80
International Adoption Clinic Visits: $1000
TOTAL: $3,520
Total Paid in this category: $0. Total Remaining: $2520

TOTAL ESTIMATED ADOPTION COSTS: $34,285
Total Paid: $14,540. Total Remaining: $19,745 (updated 1/2017)


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