Question #29: What are your thoughts about adoption in the USA?

First off Adoption in the USA should be easier. Secondly, it should be cheaper if not free. This is not a business this is a child and a future parents looking to create a family. When we incentive adoption: by excessive costs, or by giving subsidies to foster parents, etc...we take away prospective parents.

My husband Aaron and I are in the adoption process. We had to remodel our house- as it was a studio. We had to add two bedrooms, add a new bathroom, and update our kitchen. Then we need to pass a home inspection that can be up to $5000. We also decided to go through my reservation The Cherokee Nation adoption program. It is easier and the cost is something we can afford. We understand that it costs money to raise a child we just can’t afford $40,000 cash upfront to adopt. We couldn’t afford IVF cost either. This is why we decided to adopt. I just want to be a mom and have a family.

We decided not to be foster parents yet. We are not parents and we need to learn. We don’t feel we are ready yet to be foster parents. We are not prepared for a three year old nor are we prepared to be handed an infant for a year only to have to return the child. I need to learn how to be a mom first, Aaron needs to learn how to be a dad, we need to learn how to be a family.

Adoption is a legal process which transfers parental responsibility from the child's birth parents to their adoptive parents. Adoption is a way of providing the security, permanency and love of a new family when it is not possible for a child to be raised by his/her birth parents or within the birth family.

At any given time, there are approximately 438,000 foster care children in the U.S. While some of them will eventually be returned to their families. Some may be permanently placed in foster care. Those children then have an opportunity to be adopted by their foster parents.

Families who adopt from foster care usually adopt from a county, state, territory, or tribal public child welfare agency. Adopting a child from foster care is often funded by the state, and in most cases there are few or no fees. Parents may choose to hire a private agency to help them through this process. These families could incur out-of-pocket expenses, which they can typically recoup from federal or state programs after the adoption is finalized. The largest cost associated with foster care adoption is typically the home study fee, which is a fee that covers the cost of having a court-appointed caseworker observe you and your foster child in your home to ensure that you're a suitable candidate for adoption.

In 2017, the average cost of adoption for foster parents was $2,398, according to Adoptive Families. Among the parents surveyed, 88 percent received a monthly subsidy from a government agency to provide care for their foster child. The average subsidy amount was $827.

When in office I will work with local adoption agencies and foster care centers to learn more about the problem. I will discuss options and solutions with everyone involved. I will reach out to foster children, adopted children, foster parents, and adoptive parents to learn about their experiences. Our children are important and they deserve a home. They are more than dollar signs.

According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, working with a private agency to adopt a healthy newborn or baby or to adopt from another country can cost $5,000 to $40,000.

The cost of working with an attorney and not involving an agency may range from $8,000 to $40,000 and averages $10,000 to $15,000. Families who choose to work with an adoption attorney on these independent adoptions typically take an active role in identifying the child they hope to adopt or a birth mother.

Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care - Click here for more information.

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