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 or 800-429-3369.

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
2nd Installment of China Program Fee $2,475
Post-Adoption 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 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
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)
Other Costs
(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