Private Adoption 101: Everything You Need to Know

You've made the decision to adopt -- but now what? From hiring a lawyer to finding a birth mom, here's what you need to know about the private adoption process (10 Photos)

Lambeth Hochwald on May 24, 2011 at 2:09PM

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a Lambeth Hochwald on May 3, 2011 at 12:56AM

An average private adoption can cost between $15,000 and $50,000, says Becky Fawcett, co-founder and executive director of Helpusadopt.org and mom of two adopted children. For adoptive mom Liz, the cost was about $15,000 -- and included the birth mother’s living expenses for a short period (dictated by state law), the fees for the two lawyers (for the couple and the birth mother), the fee for the social worker’s evaluation and other incidental fees and costs. Keep in mind that you’ll be expected to pay a biological mother’s medical expenses and certain pregnancy, insurance, legal and living costs, Pertman says. But remember: You cannot pay the biological mother to relinquish her baby. This is considered child trafficking by most courts.

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