Our Costs

We offer our services on a sliding scale so that low and middle income families are not barred from the adoption process because of over-burdening costs. This sliding scale places a greater burden on higher income families and on AGTA, as we underwrite the actual adoption costs for lower income families. For those who will pay more, fees help subsidize services for children in need. We hope that you can agree that those who can afford to parent but cannot afford excessive adoption fees should not be barred from adoption.

List of Costs

Application $250
Home Study Report, due at the time of application approval $750
Social Investigative Report (SIR)/Single-parent adoption $750
Post Placement Reporting, due at the time of scheduling  $170 per report
Birth Parent Deposit, due at the time of matching $4,000
Program Fee, due at the time of program selection
Yearly gross income up to $89,999 $2,000
Yearly gross between  $90,000-$199,999 $3,000
Yearly gross income $200,000 and up $4,000
Placement Fee, due upon placement  
Yearly gross income up to $89,999  $8,000
Yearly gross income between $90-199,999 $10,000
Yearly gross income $200,000 and up $12,000
Finalization, completed by an attorney of your choosing. Here’s an example of costs:
Termination averages between $1,500 and $2,000
Adoption averages at $1,200
Hourly attorney cost $325
Hourly paralegal cost $150

Infant Program Cost Breakdown

Income up to $89,999  Yearly gross income between  $90,000-$199,999 Yearly Gross Income $200,000 and up
Application Fee $250 $250 $250
Home Study Fee $750 $750 $750
Program Fee $2,000 $3,000 $4,000
Birth Parent Deposit $4,000 $4,000 $4,000
Placement Fee $8,000 $10,000 $12,000
Post Placement Reports 

(min. of 3 needed)

$170 each report $170 each report $170 each report
Totals: $15,460 $18,460 $21,460

Foster Adoption Program Cost Breakdown

Income up to $89,999 Yearly gross income between $90,000-$199,999 Yearly gross income of $200,000 and up
Application Fee $250 $250 $250
Home Study Fee $750 $750 $750
Program Fee  $2,000 $3,000 $4,000
Placement Fee (paid for by placing state) $0 $0 $0
Post Placement Reporting (paid for by placing state, completed monthly until finalization) $0 $0 $0
Totals $2,950 $3,950 $4,950

Fees that are potentially refundable

Home Study Fee- in the event that a family decides not to complete the home study, $250 will not be refunded

Fees that are refundable

Program Fee- Refundable for up to 90 days from the original payment date only in cases where the family cannot pursue a Placement. Beyond 90 days will be on a case by case basis. 

Placement Fee- In the event of placement disruption, the fee is completely refundable up to finalization.

If the adoptive parents choose to not pursue adoption, refunds will be made on a case by case basis. 

Optional Home Study Fees

Home Study Update- fee for applicants whose initial homes studies are older than one year $500
Expedited Home Study- fee for applicants requesting a home study be completed in less than two weeks $250
Home Study Addendum- fee for applicants requesting an update/change of information found on home study. Addendums do not change the expiration date of the original home study report.  $75 per hour- as reported by the caseworker
Dual Program- for families that wish to pursue both infant and foster care programs, two reports will be prepared for an additional fee. $100
Transfer Home Study- fee for applications who bring a completed home study, reports must be current and electronic copy must be made available $250
Release of AGTA Home Study- fee for applicants transferring home study $250

Other Costs

Associated with Home Study Completion:
Criminal History Background Check- for all individuals living in the home 18 years or older
Medical Examinations- required for everyone in the home
Associated with Placement:
Well Child Exam- to be completed within 30 days of placement

Dental Exam- for children 3 years and older, a dental exam is required within 3 months

Associated with Infant Adoption Program:
Birth Parent Expenses- (i.e. medical, rent, living expenses, phone, termination fees, ect) set on a case-by-case basis. We ask for a $4,000 non-refundable deposit. If expenses exceed the deposit, adoptive families are responsible for additional fees. If expenses are less than the deposit, then the remaining will either be donated to the Birth Parent Scholarship fund.