- The majority of domestic newborn adoptions cost between $25,000 and $35,000, while a strong majority of international adoptions cost more than $25,000.
- U.S. foster adoption is the least expensive adoption route, by a significant margin, with an average cost of less than $5,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from Korea is about $38,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from Ethiopia is about $28,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from China is about $29,000.
- The average cost of an adoption from Russia is about $50,000.
- 35 percent of domestic adopters had at least one "false start," in which adoptive parents worked with one or more birth mothers before a match that succeeded.
- The majority (71%) of "false starts" cost less than $5,000.
For many families these figures are overwhelming. The organizations spotlighted on this blog in April aid families in raising the funds they need to cover the cost of both domestic and international adoptions.