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How long does it take?
Many of our clients ask, "How long does it take to adopt a baby from...?" On average, our typical client (married for 2+ years, between the ages of 25 and 45, childless, and with a budget of approximately $40,000 - $45,000 (inclusive of federal and employer benefits)) is successful in domestically adopting a newborn in 3 - 12 months following home study approval.
Why does it take less time with THE ADOPTION CONSULTANCY than with other organizations?
As with any process, knowing what not to do is almost more important than knowing what to do. Our success comes from our experience with the process and the issues that may arise. Few things are as valuable as who you know, and we have relationships with agencies and attorneys nationwide that place newborns in a short amount of time. Our attorneys and agencies love working with our clients, and birth mothers are happy to see our clients’ profiles. Also, the customized education and guidance we provide allows our clients to be registered with multiple placement sources and present themselves to birth mothers via superior Personal Profiles.
Most adoptions range from $35,000 to $45,000. However, federal and employer assistance is often available and you do not need the full amount up front to begin your adoption. Adoptions of some minority newborns can generally be completed for less.
What do the fees cover?
Fees cover services provided by agencies and/or attorneys required for you to bring your child home, such as:
Birth mother counseling
Birth mother medical expenses
Birth father searches
Termination of parental rights
Other fees as needed
We will only refer you to sources that can ethically support their fees.
Who is eligible for the adoption tax credit?
The adoption tax credit is a direct write-off of taxes owed, and therefore much more valuable than a deduction. Employer-paid adoption assistance of up to $13,570 per child is also tax-free.
If your modified Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $203,540 or less, you qualify for the entire credit.
If your modified AGI is between $203,540 and $243,540, you qualify for a partial credit.
What financing options are available?
Our services include a review of various funding options including grants, loans and fund-raising concepts. The right combination will be different for each person, but there are many financial options, including:
Home Equity or Home Refinancing: Usually carries the lowest percentage rate. Also, the interest on the loan is usually tax-deductible.
Employer Contributions: Check with your Human Resources department regarding any benefits your employer may have to partially defray adoption expenses.
Private Loans: Talk to your banker or your financial lending institutions about the availability of special loans.
Retirement Borrowing: Check with your retirement plan regarding borrowing from your retirement savings, then repaying yourself with interest
Although statistics show that teenagers have the highest pregnancy rate, most do not choose adoption. Those that do consider adoption are often not mature enough to follow through with the plan. Many suppress their feelings during pregnancy and then change their minds after the baby is born. We advise our clients to work with the type of birth parent who understands the reality of parenting and is, therefore, much more likely to commit to and follow through with an adoption plan -- such as a single mother between the ages of 19 and 30.
How do I know that the birth parents won’t want the baby back?
Despite the sensationalized stories in the media, virtually all U.S. adoptions are permanent and are never threatened. As an added safety measure, The Adoption Consultancy may refer you to placement sources in “safe” states where birth parents can’t revoke their consent. Our experience can help you identify high-risk situations, to reduce your risk of heartache and financial loss and to allow you to pursue a safer opportunity instead.
Should we sign up with an agency or conduct an independent adoption with an attorney?
Most of our clients are advised to do both to the extent that their budget allows. This method maximizes the opportunities to find a match as quickly as possible.
How can I find an adoption agency for closed adoptions only?
Many clients are originally opposed to open or semi-open adoptions. However, once they learn more about what these terms really mean as well as the pros and cons of the different arrangements, they often rethink their initial position. We'd be happy to have a conversation with you about this important topic and offer connections based on your preferences.
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Our resume is the families we've helped"We had originally planned to do international adoption, and had misconceptions and fears about domestic adoption. After talking to Nicole and having her on our team, we knew that she wouldn't lead us down a bad road or put us next to shady people." Heather & Guille, FL