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.