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What are adoption agency fees?

Do you and your spouse want to adopt a new baby into your home? Perhaps you've grown closer over the years, and you want to give the gift of being a loving mom and dad to a child, but you can't have a child of your own. Maybe you're a same-sex couple, and you're excited to expand your family with a child.

Adoption is the beautiful act of creating a family and building a home for a child, but it's also a legal process. Therefore, couples will want to research as much as they can about Colorado adoption law to make sure they do it right.

For example, many couples may already know that Colorado is an "agency state," but what does this mean in terms of the fees you will pay for your adoption?

Agency fees and Colorado adoptions

As an agency state, all adoptions must go through a county child placement service or a private child placement service. The most notable difference between private and county adoption agencies is the amount it costs, and the children available to adopt. Private agencies are more expensive, but it's also how you will locate younger children -- under five years of age -- for adoption.

For adoption licensing services with a private child placement service, Colorado couples can expect to spend between $1,800 and $3,500. These agencies will search for a foster care child who is available for adoption. They will not limit their search to Colorado alone, but may search the entire United States for your future child.

Many Colorado families use a family law attorney to assist them with their adoption cases. A lawyer can be helpful to ensure that you complete the adoption paperwork and adoption in a legally appropriate fashion that will protect the sanctity of your family in the years to come.

Beware of additional costs and fees

Colorado parents need to be aware of additional costs and fees relating to their adoptions. These will include the costs of completing home study requirements -- parents receive 27 hours of parental training to ensure that they and their homes are prepared for a child. There may be costs associated with counseling for the birth parents and the adoptive parents, in addition to medical cost.

In total, many couples spend between $20,000 and $40,000 in their Colorado adoptions. However, costs can vary greatly, and there's a great deal that couples can do to control these costs with appropriate guidance and assistance.

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