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Adoptive Parents


What is the average cost of an adoption through CHI?

> The average domestic adoption ranges from $16,800 to $21,600; the average embryo adoption ranges

from $15,000 to $18,000, the average international adoption ranges from $25,000 to $40,000

(depending on country) and there is no cost for the fost/adopt program (other than the application fee

of $250). These fees do not include third-party fees such as medical evaluations, 1st Aid/CPR

certifications, and fingerprinting.

How long do families wait before being placed with a child?

> Wait time is difficult to predict, and is dependent upon the type of adoption program. Generally,

international adoptions take the most time, from 1-5 years. The average wait time for domestic and

fost/adopt programs can be much shorter, with some families being matched shortly after their home

study is written. The average wait time during the last few years has been about 6 months for both the

domestic and fost/adopt programs.

Is the training portion mandatory?

> Yes. Training is a crucial part of the adoptive process, and ensures that families have adequate

preparation and knowledge before taking a child into their home. In addition, training is required by

State and Federal regulations. If you are part of a couple, you will each complete training hours prior to

the approval of your home study. Both partners are expected to learn about the issues most commonly

experienced by adopted children, and to take an active role in preparing for parenthood. If you have

adopted previously, training is still required, and will be tailored to be most helpful to your family at this

point in time.

How long does it take to complete the home study?

> At CHI, we work at your pace to complete your home study. If you are highly motivated and promptly

turn in the required materials, a home study can be completed quickly (in as few as 6 weeks). The

average home study is written in 3 months. If you are in need of an expidited home study, please contact

our office (additional fees may apply).

What are some other frequently asked questions prospective adoptive parents ask?

> We are glad you asked that. Please click here for answers to more frequently asked questions.

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