Adoption costs cover much

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In response to Sandy Leyda’s letter “Adoption sure is costly” (Dec. 15):

My wife and I recently decided to adopt a child. We too were surprised that the cost for a domestic adoption could reach as high as $20,000. Most adoption agencies supplement total adoption costs through private donations, and they use a sliding scale to determine how much a couple will contribute to their own adoption fees. If you are in a lower income bracket, more of your adoption fees will be subsidized by third-party donors.

The actual costs are for the caseworker’s time associated with the application processing; matching birth mothers to adoptive parents; performing home studies that are required by the state; fees associated with background checks, a GBI clearance and an FBI clearance; possible medical care for the birth mother; and for legal fees necessary for the legal processing of the adoption.

Unfortunately, my wife and I fall in a higher income bracket, and so far have not qualified for any adoption scholarships or grants. Since we only recently discovered that we are unable to have our own children, we do not have any funds set aside for our adoption. We are exploring numerous fund-raising options.

Paul Caputo


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Cadence 12/23/11 - 05:10 am
I had no idea.

I had no idea.

JRC2024 12/23/11 - 10:29 am
That is ashame since you are

That is ashame since you are willing to give a child a good home.

DoggieMom 12/23/11 - 03:42 pm
Have you asked your county

Have you asked your county about adopting from children already in the foster care system?
Many of those children qualify for "assisted adoptions", depending on the child's age, race, health status, and if there are siblings adopted together.
The process is the same, with background checks, financial overview, home visits, etc., but certain children waiting for a "forever family" are available for low cost adoption through your county DFCS.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 12/23/11 - 04:37 pm
I appreciate families such as

I appreciate families such as the Caputos who adopt children. Unfortunately, I fear there will be Occupy Grovetown protesters who rail against the Caputos as being "one percenters."

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