Thousands of Illinois residents adopt children each year, providing new homes to those in need of a stable family. If you wish to become an adoptive parent, you should be aware that it is a long and sometimes arduous process. The cost of adopting a child may surprise you. According to Adoptive Families Magazine, the average adoption in the U.S. costs $43,000. However, the cost does not have to be an obstacle in completing the adoption process because there are ways you can be reimbursed.
The price of adoption depends on factors such as which adoption agency you use and where you are adopting the child from. Prospective adoptive parents may pay fees for:
- Adoption agency services, such as home studies, placement, and counseling
- Legal services and court filings
- Living and medical expenses for the birth mother if the adoptive parents have arranged to adopt the unborn child
- International travel if attempting to adopt a child from another country
In Illinois, you can adopt a child through the state’s Department of Children and Family Services or a licensed adoption agency. Illinois requires licensed adoption agencies to be charitable organizations, but the agencies still need to charge fees for the services they provide and their own expenses, such as paying their staff.
Ways to Save
States such as Illinois do not want adoption fees to deter potential parents who are otherwise qualified and willing to give these children a home. If you adopt a child through the DCFS, Illinois will:
- Pay for the adoption services
- Reimburse your legal and court fees
- Give subsidies to provide for basic child needs
- Provide supplemental health care coverage and continued support services
Some private adoption agencies offer financial aid to prospective parents who may be unable to pay the adoption fees. All adoptive parents are eligible for an adoption tax credit for the tax year in which the adoption was finalized.
Contact a St. Charles, Illinois, Family Law Attorney
Agency adoptions are just one way that you can adopt a child in Illinois. You can also adopt a child if you are a stepparent or relative or if you have an independent agreement with the birth parents. No matter your method, there are several legal requirements for adopting a child in Illinois. A Kane County family law lawyer at Goostree Law Group will help make your adoption process as smooth as possible. To schedule a free consultation, call 630-584-4800.