How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child From China?
The total cost breakdown below includes all aspects of the China adoption fees—from the application fee at the beginning, to home study, and all travel costs, to post-adoption visit travel fees.
America World wants to be sure you know what your true China adoption costs are likely to be from the beginning, with no surprises or hidden fees. Although our to cost breakdown may appear to be higher than some others, we provide an all-inclusive breakdown including home study costs and all travel costs (all airfare, hotel, visas, passports, etc.).
We want to answer the question all adoptive parents have, "How much does it cost to adopt a child from China?".
If you have questions, please contact us at Info@awaa.org or 800-429-3369.
|APPLICATION & DOSSIER BUILDING|
|Application Fee for China||$295|
|1st Installment of China Program Fee||$2,475|
|IAAME Monitoring & Oversight Fee (Department of State)||$500|
|Home Study (varies by state; this fee is paid to a third party if in a state where AWAA is not licensed)||$1,200 -$2,600|
|Additional Home Study Documentation Prep. Fee (varies by the process)||$0 - $100|
|Home Study Visit Travel Fees •
(includes mileage based on current federal mileage rates)
|$0 - $200|
|Adoptive Parent Training (2 adults)||$140 - $200|
|Documents/ Background Checks/ Passports
(varies by state and number of states previously lived in)
|$100 - $500|
|USCIS Fee & Update Fee + Fingerprinting ••||$945|
|Notarization, Certification & Authentication (varies by state)||$300 - $500|
|DOSSIER SUBMISSION & WAITING|
|2nd Installment of China Program Fee||$2,475|
(collected at dossier submission; fully refundable if all post-adoption reports are returned on time)
|Dossier Translation Fee||$1,450|
|China Liaison Fee||$750|
|Wait Time Dependent Costs:
(All wait time dependent costs vary by length of the process and state regulations)
|Home Study Re-Evaluation Fee and Related Travel Costs||$0 - $1,100|
|Home Study Document Addendum Fee and Potential Related Travel Costs||$0 - $825|
|Document Update/Background Check Update||$0 - $200|
|USCIS Update Fee (if the wait is over 30 months)||$0 - $945|
|REFERRAL & TRAVEL|
|3rd Installment of China Program Fee||$2,475|
|Referral Translation Fee||$475|
|In-country Adoption Finalization Expenses(1 child): •••||$1700 - $2300|
|Post Adoption Translation Fee||$450|
|Post-Adoption Administrative Fee ($500 for each additional child)||$1000|
|Post-Adoption Report Prepayments (families working with AWAA for home study & post-adoption, reports are pre-paid at referral acceptance stage)||$1050 - $1600|
|China Orphan Care Fee
(This fee will be used to provide on-going support and care for orphans in China through projects AWAA will be involved in through our Waiting Children Program.)
|Airfare (2 adults; prices will vary by season and location)||$2,400 - $4,400|
|Airfare to China for Adoption
(1 child; prices will vary by season, location and ticket - ie: lap pass or child seat)
|$200 - $1,800|
|Visas (2 adults)||$390|
|Visa Filing & Processing Fee for Adopted Child (per child)||$500|
|In-Country Travel Package (2 adults) ••••||$4,200 - $6,500|
|Post-Adoption Visit Travel Fees (paid at the time of visits)||$0 - $600|
|Post-Adoption Report Refund
(refunded in installments as, and only if, each report is returned on time)
(include doctor visits and related co-pays, social security card, passport cost, postage, long-distance phone calls)
|$100 - $1,000|
|TOTAL •||$29,655 - $43,315|
(highly recommended; state-dependent)
|$300 - $1,000|
|Dossier Assistance Program (varies by level of service desired)||$150 - $1,200|
|Second Child Adoption Processing Fee||$3,475|
How to Reduce or Eliminate Your Total Adoption Cost
Perhaps the #1 reason why families who are called to adopt don't do so is the cost. While it may seem prohibitive, America World families have seen their total out-of-pocket adoption costs reduced greatly through adoption grants, the Federal Adoption Tax Credit, employee adoption benefits, fundraisers, and more.
Be sure to visit our Financing Adoption page to learn how to reduce or eliminate your adoption expenses!
NOTE: Fees listed above in italics are paid to a third party; all other fees are paid to AWAA
• Fees are based on an average amount required. Certain fees may be subject to change without notice. All costs are estimated for the placement of one child. Please contact our office for estimates for multiple child placements.
•• An additional $720 USCIS filing fee per child is required for families adopting unrelated children.
••• Includes the following China In-country expenses:
- Child’s passport, child’s medical exam, notarization of adoption paperwork, and adoption registration in China. In the past, families were required to give an orphanage donation ranging from $5,000 - $5,600 to assist with the various costs of providing for the children in their care. As of December 7, 2017, this previous expense is now a voluntary donation.
•••• Includes the following China In-Country Expenses:
- Travel Coordination and Processing
- All Transportation (Ground and Air)
- 5 and 4-star Hotels
- Some Meals
- Expert Guides
- Tips for Guides and Bus Drivers