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China Adoption Costs & Fees:

Application Fee for China $250
IAAME Monitoring and Oversight Fee ¹ $500
1st Installment of China Program Fee $2,475
Home Study (varies by state; this fee is paid to a third party, if in a state where AWAA is not licensed) $1,200 - $2,500
Additional Home Study Documentation Prep. Fee (varies by process) $0 - $100
Home Study Visit Travel Fees
(could include mileage, etc. 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
2nd Installment of China Program Fee $2,475
Post-Adoption Report Deposit
(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 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 wait is over 30 months) $0 - $945
3rd Installment of China Program Fee $2,475
Referral Translation Fee $475
In-country Adoption Finalization Expenses(1 child):  ••• $1,700 - $2,300
Post-Adoption Administrative Fee ($500 for each additional child) $1,000
Post-Adoption Visits (families working with AWAA for home study & post adoption, reports are pre-paid at referral acceptance stage) $1,050 - $1,600
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) $495
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 Translation Fee $350
Post-Adoption Report Refund
(refunded in installments as, and only if, each report is returned on time)
Other Costs
(include doctor visits and related co-pays, social security card, passport cost, postage, long distance phone calls)
$100 - $1,000
TOTAL • $26,170 - $39,750
(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


Now that you know how much it cost to adopt from China, 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

¹ This fee is required by the Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity, Inc., (IAAME) for the expenses associated with the oversight and monitoring of all Hague accredited agencies. Should a family adopt more than one child an additional fee of $500 per child will be charged at the time of referral. 

 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:

•••• Includes the following China In-Country Expenses: