How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child in New Jersey?

Adopting can be a great way to grow your family and help a child in need of a home, whether you can’t have children of your own, simply have the emotional and financial capacity to support another child and/or want to share your good fortune with a child who has no permanent home. For more information on what it might cost to adopt a child in New Jersey, please continue reading, then contact one of our experienced adoption attorneys in Bergen County, NJ today.

What does it cost to adopt a child in New Jersey?

The costs of adoption will vary widely from case to case. In domestic adoptions, the adopting parents must pay all costs associated with the adoption, including:

  • Those incurred by the birth mother:
    • Attorney fees
    • Counseling fees
    • Uncovered hospital and medical expenses in connection with the pregnancy and birth of the child
  • The birth mother’s reasonable pregnancy-related living expenses:
    • Food
    • Clothing
    • Shelter
  • Fees and costs charged by their attorney
  • Fees and costs charged by their agency:
    • Placement
    • Match services
    • Home study
    • Post-placement services
  • Travel and hotel expenses
  • The cost of preparing a family profile, adoption advertising and other methods of searching for a child independently

Keep in mind that international adoptions will incur their own set of costs. The costs of international adoption will ultimately depend upon the state you reside in and the country you are adopting from. Nonetheless, domestic and international adoptions cost roughly the same. In either case, adopting a non-relative child will cost you anywhere from approximately $25,000 to $50,000.

Public agency adoptions, otherwise known as foster care adoptions, are the exception. Adopting from public agencies costs little to nothing.

Do prospective parents have any way to mitigate the cost of child adoption in New Jersey?

You should not let the potential costs of adopting prevent you from fulfilling your dream of raising and loving a child. Prospective adoptive parents may apply for and receive adoption grants, loans and employer-provided adoption benefits. For example, you may qualify for one of the most useful benefits: the adoption tax credit. If you are eligible for the adoption tax credit, it will reimburse you for money spent on qualifying adoption expenses, including the following:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs
  • Attorneys fees
  • Traveling expenses

The exact dollar amount of the credit available for each effort to adopt an eligible child will vary from year to year. In 2022, the maximum possible tax credit is $14,890.

Those wishing to adopt a child should avail themselves of one of our skilled Bergen County, NJ family law and divorce attorneys today.

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