Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Cost of International Adoption

Why does international adoption from Paul's country cost so much? I don't really know, but here is an estimate of adoption costs from that country, which does have some of the highest costs around.

Homestudy $750-$3,000
Documentation Authentication $1,000-$2,000
I-600 Visa Application $500-$600
Postage/Telephone $200-$500
Application Fee $150-$600
Program Fee $16,000-$28,000
Child's Passport/Visa $300-$400
Child's medical exams $200-$500
Gifts $100-$200
Post Placement Reports $400-$1,000
Airfare $2,000-$6000
Other Travel $5,000-$15,000
Driver interpreter $2,100-$4,000
Average Cost $30,000-$40,000

Source: http://theadoptionguide.com/tools/planner/budgets.php

Now why did I share that with you? To help you understand the importance of supporting those who are working so hard to bring children from institutions into families.

Paul's family, Charlie and Melissa House, have raised $19,747 of the $33,000 cost of his adoption. Their goal is to raise $25,000. That is only $5,253 more. Can you believe it? Only $5,253 stands between Paul and home! Let's do something about it.


  1. I feel like this is what brought our angel donor to help us out so much. I am so amazed at how many people love our Paul and are willing to do what they can to help us bring him home. Love you!

  2. Melissa, I am sure it was just a coincidence, but I don't care. I am so stoked, and you must be flying. God is good, and thank you so so much to whoever made the anonymous donation to Paul's adoption fund with RR. You will be in a lot of prayers tonight!