Both domestic and international adoption have been common in the United States since the mid-1900s. In 1963, the United States authorized international adoption permanently. Even before then, there were international adoptions to provide for the children who were orphaned by World War II. For both forms of adoption, the processes are very different, although the costs usually range about the same, between $25,000 to $50,000 depending on the costs involved. If there is travel involved, that will be an out of pocket expense for the adoptive parents. Here is a breakdown of some of the differences.

International Adoptions

The international adoption process will involve travel and the associated costs to the country of origin of the child, including the visa, travel arrangements, time in the country (this could be days or weeks). Trips may be singular or multiple depending on the process involved in the adoption and the bureaucracy is in the country of origin. Each country requires different things from their international adoptive parents, take the time to learn about the requirements for the country from which you plan to adopt. International adoptions very rarely involve infants and babies, but usually children ages toddler to teenager. Sometimes the adoption process can take years for overseas adoptions, but it also may take less than a year depending on the country of origin.

Domestic Adoptions

Domestic adoptions can differ from case to case and depending on the adoption center or agency the birth mother and the adoptive parents go through. The cost of domestic adoption can vary depending on if they help with the medical expenses of the birth mother or if the child is placed in state care immediately after the child’s birth, among other factors. If it is an interstate adoption, there will be travel costs and may be delays to allow paperwork to go through. While international adoptions usually involve children who are older, domestic adoptions tend to involve more infants, unless the children are in the foster care system first. Again depending on the adoption center or agency you go through to adopt, the wait time can vary.

No matter which location you choose to adopt from, it is important that you take the time to research and understand the process and your rights as an adoptive parent as much as possible. It will help you during the process to make decisions and understand the costs of the fees wrapped up in the process. If you decide to go with domestic adoption, A is 4 Adoption is an adoption center that can help. Our adoption process involves caring for the birth mother’s’ expenses to reduce the stress on them and provide health care so both mother and baby are healthy. Our success rate on matching birth mothers with adoptive parent(s) is high, as we get to know both parties and look for a match of what will work for both. Open adoption and private are both an option through A is 4 Adoption. We help the adoptive parents through the process too so the experience is smooth on both sides of the adoption.