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Why Does Adoption Cost so Much ?

Chosen Parent’s takes calls every day from loving  families that are desperate to add to their family , but once they find out the cost of private adoptions, they understandable get very discouraged.

We explain to them that there are two avenues in which to adopt. They can adopt through their state or county Department of Adoptions. ( In order to find one close to you it is advised that you contact your Department of Social or Human Services and ask for the number for the adoption department ). There is no charge generally to adopt through the county. The problem , however , is that there are very few infants available, and a very lengthy list of people waiting for those. Most infants that are available through the county have been removed from their biological parents by Child Protective Services due to abuse or neglect , including use of illegal drugs. Once removed, the birth mother has very little say in who fosters or adopts her child. Most counties have now implemented what is referred to as “Fost- Adopt”. This means that the families that apply are in agreement to foster the child while the parental rights of the biological mother and father  are terminated. This is good for the child, as he/she is not uprooted from a foster home and put into an adopting home at a later date. Since it can often take over a year to terminate the parental rights, the move can be very traumatic for the child. One of the  problems  that the Fost-Adopt parents face , is that the parental rights may never be terminated, and the child may be returned to their biological parents down the road, or a family member. So, although adopting a child through the county will cost less money , it can end up costing a lot of time .

Chosen Parents Adoptions Inc. is a for profit corporation that assists adoption professionals in the private sector. The majority of infants are placed for adoption privately . There are many reasons for this. The expecting mother is able to choose and meet the family that adopts her child, she is also usually able to be supported financially during the pregnancy , and she is able to create her own adoption plan the way that she wants. The advantages to the adoptive parents are that they are able to have a relationship with the expectant mother, as well as make plans to be at the birth of their child. They may have access to her medical  records, and usually in a very short time after the birth , consents and relinquishments are signed so the adoptive parents do not have to worry about losing the child that they are adopting. Furthermore, the adoptive parents have some control as far as being proactive in searching for a child to adopt, rather than sitting on a government list for years, they are usually made aware through their professional of incoming cases and can choose which ones that they want to be presented for. The costs to adopt are categorized into several categories.

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