A Prospective Adoptive Family (Family) will be charged the actual fees in effect at the time service is being rendered for any service that has not been prepaid; those amounts may vary from the amounts stated below.

Application For Services

Once a Family decides to work with Adoption & Beyond, the first step is to complete an Application For Services Form, available here.

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APPLICATION FOR SERVICES -$250

Application fee is waived for returning clients.

The application fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Screening and reviewing your application
  • Establishing a Family file
  • Addressing questions about the adoption & home study process
  • Attendance at our education workshop
  • Access to a free Adoption Finance Coach
  • Fee is non-refundable and is due prior to application review

Home Study Services

A home study is an educational tool to prepare Families to adopt a child and an assessment process to determine whether a Family can provide a safe, nurturing and healthy home environment for a child.

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ADOPTIVE HOME STUDY – $1,200

Home study approval is either valid for twelve months or upon placement of a child, whichever comes first.

Home study fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Maintenance of file
  • Office visit and one home visit
  • Review of home study material, compiling and writing report
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Coordination of services with other adoption professionals
  • Completion of any supplemental documents needed
  • Fee due with completed home study paperwork packet

Home Study Addendums:

Any change needed to the home study within the twelve-month approval period. Note: Addendums are simply a change to your current home study; they do not extend the expiration date of your report.

Addendum -$300

Any change required (e.g., change in health status, marital status, criminal history, child approval change, new job, a significant change in financial resources, move to a new home, a new individual joining Family’s household or an extended house guest, etc.)

Home Study Updates:

Home study approval is either valid for twelve months or upon placement of a child, whichever comes first.

ANNUAL UPDATED HOME STUDY – $500

If the placement of a child has not occurred within twelve months of an approved home study, the states of Kansas and Missouri require an update of your current home study to extend the approval for an additional twelve months.

Annual updated home study fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Maintenance of file
  • One home visit
  • Review of updated home study material, compiling and writing report
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due with completed updated home study paperwork packet

FULL UPDATED HOME STUDY – $700

A full updated home study is needed if: Family is pursuing the adoption process for another child; Family is switching from a domestic to an international adoption, or vice versa; Family’s original home study is older than twelve months but less than five years old.

Adoption & Beyond can update another agency’s report only if it is a domestic home study.

Full updated home study fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Re-establishing file
  • One home visit
  • Educational workshop attendance
  • Review of updated home study material, compiling and writing report
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due with completed updated home study paperwork packet

Post-Adoption Services

Post-Adoption Reports occur after the child is placed into your care and the reports are submitted to the court or country where the adoption occurs.

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POST-ADOPTION REPORTS – $300/EACH REPORT

The number of required post-adoption reports depends upon where the adoptive placement occurs.

Post-adoption report fees include one or more of the following services:

  • One visit
  • Preparation and writing of post-adoption report
  • Communication during supervision period
  • Administrative costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due: Doemstically Pre-payment of all required visits is due prior to placement and Internationally Pre-payment of all required visits is due with home study paperwork

Miscellaneous Fees

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EXPEDITED – $500

  • Expedited Processing of Home Study or Post-Adoption Reports for urgent adoption situations on a case-by-case basis. Fee due with completed home study or post-adoption paperwork.

TRAVEL

  • Mileage up to 60 miles Round Trip (RT) is included in the fees paid for the home study, post-adoption and private adoption services. If services are being provided more than 60 miles (RT) from Agency’s office or the closest regional case worker, there is a travel fee of $1 per mile after the initial 60 miles.

HOURLY WORK – $150/HOUR

  • If Family has an adoption situation that falls outside of this fee schedule, they can hire Adoption & Beyond for an hourly rate of service. Court hearing(s) are billed at 2 hrs. Retainer fee due prior to work being initiated.

Domestic Private Adoption Services

A Private Adoption occurs when a Family and a Prospective Birth Family, not already engaged in services with Adoption & Beyond, would like the assistance of Adoption & Beyond to put together the pieces of their Private Adoption. Pre-payment of anticipated fees is due prior to work being initiated.

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PRIVATE ADOPTION INITIAL MEETING – $600

The private adoption initial meeting fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Providing Prospective Birth Family with initial adoption education for a Private Adoption
  • Evaluating reasons for creating an adoption plan and assessing any potential concerns
  • Compiling and writing the Prospective Birth Family’s social and medical background report
  • Fee due from Family prior to meeting with the Prospective Birth Parent(s)

PRIVATE ADOPTION SUPPORT AND EDUCATION FEE – $3,000

The private adoption support and education fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Facilitating communication between both parties
  • Communicating with all professionals involved in the adoption process
  • Coordination of hospital adoption plan
  • Facilitating temporary transition care when needed
  • Fee due once the Family or the Prospective Birth Parent(s) decide they want the agencies assistance with their Private Adoption process. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable as it covers the services provided in a specific adoption opportunity.

POST-ADOPTION REPORTS – $300 PER REPORT

The number of required reports depends upon where the adoptive placement occurs. Post-adoption report fees include one or more of the following services:

  • One visit
  • Preparation and writing of report
  • Communication during supervision period
  • Administrative costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due prior to post-adoption visit(s)

ADOPTION COURT HEARINGS:

COURT APPEARANCES – $300 / EACH

  • Present at the courts
  • Preparing court documents needed from agency
  • Fee due prior to court hearing(s)

INTERSTATE COMPACT

INTERSTATE COMPACT PAPERWORK – $500

When an adoption occurs across state lines, paperwork must be prepared and submitted to both states before the child can legally cross state lines.

  • Preparing and compiling the necessary paperwork needed for both states
  • Reviewing post-adoption reports from out- of-state agency
  • Administrative costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, express postage, etc.)
  • Fee due prior to paperwork being initiated

Domestic Agency Adoption Program fees

An Agency Adoption occurs when a home study approved Family is selected by a Prospective Birth Family working with Adoption & Beyond on an adoptive placement plan.

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DOMESTIC AGENCY ENTRANCE FEE – $2,000

The domestic agency entrance fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Establishing and maintaining Family’s adoption file
  • Guidance provided on how to create an adoption profile
  • Posting of Family’s on-line adoption profile on website
  • Networking Family’s adoption profile with other agencies when appropriate
  • Screening Prospective Birth Parent(s) and presenting Family’s adoption profile when appropriate
  • Initial match meeting with a Prospective Birth Parent(s)
  • This fee is active along with a current home study until a new child enters Family’s home through adoption or birth
  • Fee is due with completed Domestic Agency Adoption Program paperwork and is non-refundable.

DOMESTIC AGENCY SUPPORT AND EDUCATION FEE – $3,000

The domestic agency support and education fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Facilitating communication between Prospective Birth Parent(s) and Family 
  • Providing pre-adoption education and guidance
  • Gathering Prospective Birth Parent(s)’ social and medical background information
  • Communicating with all professionals involved in the adoption process
  • Coordination of hospital adoption services
  • Facilitating temporary transition care, when needed
  • Fee is due within seven days of the match meeting or for an expedited adoption at the time of placement. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable as it covers the services provided in a specific adoption opportunity.

DOMESTIC AGENCY PLACEMENT FEE – $14,000

The domestic agency placement fee includes one or more of the following services:

  • Agency representation at all needed court hearings
  • Post-adoption supervision, education, guidance and referrals
  • Completion of Interstate Compact paperwork
  • Coordination with all involved in the post-adoption process
  • Agency expenses
  • Balance due the day the Birth Mother consents or relinquishes custody of her child for adoptive placement (this fee may be due within 24 hours’ notice). This fee is refundable minus expenses that have been applied and earned if placement cannot be finalized. This fee can only be paid via Check or Money Order, no credit card charge is allowed on this contracted service.

Total Fees Due to Agency for a Domestic Agency Adoption = $19,000

Other Costs Related To Domestic Adoptions

The following costs related to Domestic Adoptions are more difficult to estimate, each domestic adoption is different and the fees will vary accordingly. Family understands that these are estimates only for planning purposes and may change without notice. Family agrees that these estimates are provided solely as a courtesy and Family agrees to release, indemnify and hold Adoption & Beyond, Inc. harmless from any and all claims, damages and injuries caused by any change or inaccuracy in these estimated costs.

These fees are estimates for planning purposes only.

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ATTORNEY EXPENSES – EXPENSES APPROXIMATELY $6,000

  • Family will need to retain an adoption attorney and be responsible for the Prospective Birth Parent(s)’ attorney costs as well. These fees are paid directly to the respective attorneys.

MEDICAL EXPENSES – $0 TO $10,000

  • If the Prospective Birth Mother has Medicaid or private insurance, her pregnancy and delivery expenses are usually covered.
  • Baby’s medical expenses might be covered by Medicaid or the adopting parent’s medical insurance. Adoption & Beyond cannot require a Birth Mother to use her insurance or Medicaid for the baby’s medical expenses.
  • Any medical bills for the Birth Mother or the baby not covered by Medicaid, the Birth Parent’s medical insurance or Family’s medical insurance, will be an out-of-pocket expense for the Family.
  • Payment is due when medical bills arrive. On occasion, the medical provider will bill Adoption & Beyond or the attorney directly; these bills will be forwarded to Family for payment. Some medical bills may arrive after the entry of the final decree of adoption; however, the Family is still responsible for the medical bills regardless of the date of billing. If the medical facility involved calls for payment, the Family’s contact information will be released for billing purposes.
  • Paternity testing may be needed for an adoption situation on a case-by-case basis. This expense is not the responsibility of Adoption & Beyond.

PREGNANCY RELATED LIVING EXPENSES – $0 TO $5,000+

  • The agency or the attorney will make every effort possible to identify the anticipated reasonable living expenses. Family may place a cap on these expenses if necessary.
  • Fees should be paid directly to the vendor (grocery store, landlord, etc.) as expenses occur.
  • If a Prospective Birth Mother decides to parent her child, the expenses paid are considered a gift and cannot be legally recovered.

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