Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Cost of Adoption

Domestic and international adoptions can both be very expensive and the money needed to adopt can be the primary barrier of a family wanting to adopt. The Cornell's are pursuing domestic infant adoption through Bethany Christian Services.

Here is a breakdown of their agency adoption costs and the amount needed to finalize the adoption:
Formal application fee: $500
Homestudy fee: $2,500
Family profiling fee: $2,000
Total: $5,000 (already paid by the Cornell's to the adoption agency)

Placement of child: $15,000
Total: $15,000 (the amount needed at placement of a child)

Other costs incurred:
Background Check and Fingerprinting fees: $100 (already paid)
Supplies for Agency Profiling Services: $300 (already paid)
Lawyer fees for finalization of adoption 6 months after placement: $2,000 (estimated and still needed)

Total amount still needed for adoption: $17,000

The costs associated with the adoption include agency and paperwork fees. (More will be shared in another blog post about the adoption process.) Glen and Jill have applied for grants to assist them in the adoption process and were very blessed to receive a $2,500 grant from LifeSong for Orphans. It is a matching grant, meaning that Glen and Jill must fundraise at least $2,500 to match the amount provided by this ministry.

If you would like to help Glen & Jill adopt, you can make a 100% tax-deductible donation to LifeSong for Orphans. Be sure to write (Cornell #730 adoption) in the memo section of your check and send to:

LifeSong for Orphans
P.O. Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St.
Gridley, IL 61744

You can also make a donation at any Wells Fargo Bank to the "Wells Fargo Bank Cornell Adoption Fund." Checks may also be mailed to:

Wells Fargo Bank
Cornell Adoption Fund
2840 Ingersoll Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312

The phone number for the bank is (515) 237-5196. You can also donate via their paypal account at Any donations made through Wells Fargo Bank or paypal will not be tax-deductible.

Thanks for your support!

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