It takes forever
Most families successfully adopt within two years of starting the process, experts say. However, to adopt a U.S.-born infant, it can take up to seven years. Families looking to adopt children with special needs often find the process (involving in-depth screenings, background checks and visits from a social worker known as a “home study”) goes much more quickly.
International adoption is more popular than domestic adoption
It’s actually the opposite: More U.S. families (about 18,000 of them) adopt domestically than internationally each year. In 2015, fewer than 6,500 children were adopted from other countries.
It’s crazy expensive
Not always. A wide range of factors impact cost: whether you pursue adoption through a public agency, a private agency or with an independent intermediary; whether you are covering the birth mother’s medical costs; and the cost of your attorney’s fees, to name a few. On the high end, domestic adoption of an infant may cost up to $70,000. International adoptions may reach $40,000, not including travel-related expenses (many adoptive parents visit their child’s country of origin at least twice). To offset this, adoptive parents may receive subsidies, grants, loans or other types of financial aid including tax credits.