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 provided by the Agency:

  • Screening,reviewing and processing the application
  • Establishing a Family file
  • Addressing questions about the adoption process
  • Attendance at the in-person 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 Family to adopt a child and a non-judicial determination of the best interest of the child and the appropriateness of the Family for adoptive placement.

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ADOPTIVE HOME STUDY – $1,200

Home study approval is valid for twelve (12) months or upon placement of a child, whichever comes first.

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

  • Maintenance of Family file
  • Office visit and one (1) 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 (Attorney, Court and Primary Provider)
  • Completion of any supplemental documents needed
  • Fee due with submission of completed home study paperwork

Home Study Addendum – $300

It is important that the courts have the latest information about Family, so it is important to document Any change in Family’s household during the twelve (12) month approval period (e.g., changes in physical, emotional or mental health, changes in marital or significant others relationship, arrest, allegations of child abuse, loss or new employment, significant change in financial resources, move to a new home, a new individual joining Family’s household or an extended house guest, change of child approval, Agency’s concern about the Family’s capacity to continue in adoption process, or failure of Family to disclose critical information during the initial home study process, etc.). Fee due with submission of completed addendum paperwork. Note: An addendum is simply a change to a current home study; it does not extend the expiration date of a home study report.

Home Study Updates:

Home study approval is valid for twelve (12) 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 (12) months, the states of Kansas and Missouri require an update to extend the approval for a current home study for an additional twelve (12) months.

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

  • Maintenance of file
  • One (1) home visit
  • Review of updated home study material, compiling and writing report
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due with submission of completed updated paperwork

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 (12) months but less than five (5) years old.

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

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

  • Re-establishing file
  • One (1) home visit
  • Educational workshop attendance (International Adoption)
  • Review of updated home study material, compiling and writing report
  • Administration costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due with submission of completed updated home study paperwork

Post-Placement/Post-Adoption Services

Post-Placement/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. The number and timing of post-placement/post-adoption reports is determined by which state, agency or country the adoptive placement occurs, generally three (3) to six (6) reports are required.

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POST-PLACEMENT/POST-ADOPTION REPORT(S) – $300/EACH

Post-placement/Post-adoption report fees include one or more of the following services provided by the Agency:

  • One (1) home visit
  • Review, preparation and writing of report
  • Communication during post-placement/post-adoption period
  • Administrative costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due: Domestic Adoptions- Pre-payment of all required reports prior to placement or ICPC required documents and International Adoptions- Pre-payment of all required reports with submission of completed home study paperwork

Miscellaneous Fees

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EXPEDITED – $500

  • Expedited Processing of Home Study or Post-placement/Post-adoption Reports for urgent adoption situations. The Agency will make all reasonable efforts to complete services in an expedited fashion, however, there are factors outside of Agency control therefore, there can be no assurance the expedited time frame needed can be met. This service is available on a case-by-case basis. Fee due with submission of completed home study or post-placement/post-adoption paperwork.

TRAVEL

  • Mileage up to sixty (60) miles Round Trip (RT) is included in the fees paid for the home study, post-placement/post-adoption and private adoption services. If services are being provided more than sixty (60) miles (RT) from Agency’s office or the closest regional case worker, there is a travel fee of one dollar ($1) per mile after the initial sixty (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 two (2) hrs. Retainer fee due prior to work being initiated.

THIRD-PARTY EXPENSES (Estimated Variable Expenses Not Paid To Agency)

  • State and Federal criminal background/finger printing – $45-$57/each (Varies by state)
    • Fee due with submission of Criminal Background Checks
  • State Child Abuse Checks – $10-$13/each (Varies by number of states previously lived)
    • Fee due with submission of Child Abuse Checks
  • National Sex Offender Registry- $7/each
    • Fee due with submission of National Sex Offender Registry Checks
  • On-line Adoption Education Courses- Approximately- $30-$70/each
    • You are required to complete a number of on-line adoption education courses (approx. $100- $264). Number of courses varies depending on type of adoption (e.g., Domestic, International, Special Needs or Trans-racial, etc.)
    • Fee due with registration of on-line adoption education courses
  • Documents- $15/each
    • (e.g., copies of birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decree)
    • Fee due when request for document from issuing entity
  • Employment Verification – $49/each
    • If your employer contracts with a 3rd party for employment verification to be completed
    • Fee due with submission of completed home study paperwork
  • Health Exam- Co-pay
    • Fee due at medical visit

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.

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PRIVATE ADOPTION INITIAL MEETING – $600

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

  • 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 provided by the Agency:

  • 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-PLACEMENT REPORTS – $300/EACH

The number and timing of reports is determined by which state and/orcounty the adoptive placement occurs, generally one (1) report is due for Kansas and three (3) reports are due for Missouri.

Post-placement report fees include one or more of the following services provided by the Agency:

  • One (1) visit
  • Preparation and writing of report
  • Communication during post-placement period
  • Administrative costs (scanning, copying, phone calls, standard postage, etc.)
  • Fee due prior to post-placement visit(s)

COURT HEARING/APPEARANCE – $300/EACH

  • Present and/or testifying for the courts
  • Preparing court documents needed from Agency
  • Fee due prior to court hearing(s)

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 all the necessary paperwork needed for both states
  • 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 provided by Agency:

  • 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 provided by the Agency:

  • Facilitating communication between Prospective Birth Parent(s) and Family
  • Providing pre-placement 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 (7) 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 provided by the Agency:

  • Agency representation at all needed court hearings
  • Post-placement supervision, education, guidance and referrals
  • Completion of Interstate Compact paperwork
  • Coordination with all involved in the post-placement process
  • Core mission support
  • Balance due the day the Birth Mother consents or relinquishes custody of her child for adoptive placement (this fee may be due within twenty-four (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 (NOT Paid TO Agency)

The following costs related to Domestic Adoptions (not paid to Agency) 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 (not paid to Agency) are estimates for planning purposes only.

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ATTORNEY EXPENSES – EXPENSES APPROX. – $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 $3,000+

  • 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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