The Adoption Consultancy
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General questions
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM through 5PM Eastern time.
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.
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.

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
  • Legal counsel
  • Court reporting
  • Other fees as needed

We will only refer you to sources that can ethically support their fees.

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 $13,400 per child is also tax-free.

  • If your modified Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $201,010 or less, you qualify for the entire credit.
  • If your modified AGI is between $201,010 and $241,010, you qualify for a partial credit.

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.
  • Grants: Many organizations such as The Gift of Adoption Foundation offer adoption scholarships for adoptive parents.
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.
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.
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.
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.