Korean Adoption Fees

Agency Fees

Application Fee$350
New Beginnings Fee

$1,500 due at contract; IAAME fee $500 due at contract; $3,000 at submission of Emigration Permission
Total Agency Fees: $5,350

Korean Program Fee

Program Coordination

$2,500 due at home study approval; $1,500 due at acceptance of referral; and $2,500 due at submission of EP
Foreign Agency Fee and Donation

Due at acceptance
Total Program Fees: $26,000

Third Party Fees and Expenses

USCIS Expenses$945
Psychological Evaluation$700 to $1,000
Parent Education Workshops$150
Travel and Overseas Expenses$6,000 to $9,000
Total: $7,795 to $11,095

New Beginnings’ Social Services

Home Study

Due at contract
Post-Adoption Services

Due at submission of EP
Total: $3,400

Korean Adoption Fees and Expenses Summary

Agency Fees$5,350
Korean Program Fees$26,000
Total Adoption Fees$31,350
Third Party and Other Expenses$7,795 to $11,095
New Beginning’s Home Study Services$3,400
Final Adoption Cost$42,545 to $45,845



Fees For Other Services

Home Study Update, Minor Changes: $450.00
A home visit for a Minor Change of Circumstance such as a change in residency, a change in employment that does not substantially reduce income, positive and neutral changes in finances, minor changes in physical health or medications. A home visit to update the Home Study for USCIS for the one-time free extension or to keep the home study current. To respond to a USCIS Request for Evidence (RFE) to make edits or additions to the home study.
Supplemental Home Study Services: $900.00
Major Changes of Circumstances such as loss of employment or financial security, arrest, allegation of child abuse, change in medical condition, changes in emotional or mental health, pregnancy, difficulty in marital relationship or with significant other, accusation of impropriety or New Beginnings concerns about the prospective adoptive parents’ capacity to raise an adoptive child. Supplemental Home Study Service may be required if there is a failure to disclose critical information for the initial home study, or in response to an RFE on the prospective adoptive parents’ capacity to adopt or undisclosed criminal history.
Home Study Review: $0.00
For supervising a cooperating agency that is conducting the Home Study. There is no fee for overseeing another agency’s post-adoption reports. We do require a Post-Adoption Commitment letter from your Home Study Agency showing that all fees for post adoption services have been paid.
Returning Family Home Study: $1,300.00
For families who had a home study previously done by NBFCS and is beginning another adoption process, the standard home study fee is not due.
Accelerated Services: $500.00
Accelerated services are those that require completion in less than six weeks. Failing to provide a clearance request or other necessary information promptly could also result in accelerated services. Although New Beginnings will make all reasonable efforts to complete the service in the required time, there can be no assurance the shortened time frame can be met.
Suggested Donation to ESWS: $100 to $1,000
During the family’s second trip to Korea, some donation to ESWS would be appropriate. In addition, look to support the work ESWS does for years to come. They are a remarkable agency; make them a part of your charitable contributions.
Exceeds Routine Services
In the event services are requested or required that Exceed Routine Services, New Beginnings reserves the right to charge for such services.

  • Preparing or helping to prepare documents for a response to an RFE or NOID, est. fee $700 to $1,000;
  • Having to make unanticipated efforts to receive information or documentation from the client, home study agency, the foreign provider (including request to supplement or correct the child’s legal documents), or other person involved in the process, est. fee $500 to $1,000.
  • For additional clearances, documentation and interviews for extended family members or other persons living in the home, $300 to $700.
  • For finalization that requires filing by NB, $200 to $600. If a court appearance is requested for a representative of New Beginnings, $300/day (as well as mileage and incidental expenses).
  • In the event the adoption is in crisis, New Beginnings can charge for additional services including extra post adoption reports, counseling, respite care or attorney services to secure consents, Interstate Compact approvals, etc.
  • Copying fee may be charged if duplicate documents are requested and not received or incorrectly copied, $.50/copy.
NBFCS social worker to visit home (0.55 per mile) and tolls, parking or other common carrier(s). Credit card payments over $500 are subject to a 3% convenience fee.Credit card payments over $500 are subject to a 3% convenience fee.
Items You Should Not Pay
New Beginning has disclosed all routine expenses and cost for adoption services. Payments are made to New Beginnings, the home study agency, USCIS, and the US Embassy in country. If payments are made to the cooperating agency, the fee or payment is disclosed. There are no “unofficial” adoption fees. Do not make or offer to make payments beyond what is disclosed without consulting New Beginnings.  Do not make or offer to make donations before the placement of the child. Do not make or offer to make any payments to anyone to induce the relinquishment of a child. Do not pay additional fees to expedite the process abroad. Payments to any third party in the adoption process should be reasonable and in proportion to standards in the country.



Fee Descriptions

Application Fee: $350
Assessment of prospective adoptive parent(s) and assuring basic program requirements.
New Beginnings’ Fee: $5,500
For personnel cost, administrative overhead and operational expenses. For orientation and guidance to the intercountry adoption process, coordinating the adoption process, assisting in filing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) applications, compile and present dossier to ESWS, providing pre and post-placement support. Also includes IAMME fee for monitoring and oversight of adoption service providers. ($2,000 due at contract; $3,000 at submission of EP).
Program Coordination: $6,500
For program sponsorship and development; working with ESWS to identify a child and arranging for an adoption; receiving a referral of a child that includes the Child’s Background Study; securing the child’s legal information to present to USCIS for immigration approval; filing the documents in Korea for court approval and emigration permission, establishing the itineraries while the family is abroad for the adoption hearing, the placement of the child and the child’s travel visa. ($2,500 due at home study approval; $1,500 due at acceptance; and $2,500 due at submission of Emigration Permission).
Foreign Agency Fee and Donation: $19,500
For child care expenses prior to the adoption, identifying a child available for adoption, securing the necessary terminate parental rights, providing the background study on the child, arranging for the finalization of the adoption and the immigration of the child, (due at acceptance)
USCIS Expenses: $945
I-600A filing fee, $775; fingerprints, $85 per adult in home.
Psychological Evaluation: $700 to $1,000
Required for home study.
Parent Education Workshops: $150
On-line workshops with Adoption Learning Partners.
Travel and Overseas Expenses: $6,000 to $9,000
Est. expenses for air travel, hotel, meals, finalization and visa.
New Beginnings Home Study: $1,700
If you live in NY, NJ, PA or FL. Gathering and reviewing supporting documents, home visits and drafting report; and country specific workshop, (families in our service are, due at contract).
Post-Adoption Services: $1,700
Post-adoption supervision, translations and filing reports in Korea, $425 for each report. Minimum four reports are needed, (families in our service area, due at submission of EP).

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