Chinese Adoption Fees And Expenses


Fees, Descriptions and Overview

Chinese Adoption Fee List


Adoption Fees Paid to New Beginnings

DescriptionDue atFee TypeAmount ($)
Application (AFP)Submission of AFPUS Expenses350
New Beginnings’ Fee, 1st partAdoption Service AgreementUS Expenses1,500
IAAME FeeAdoption Service AgreementUS Expenses500
Program Coordination, 1st partHome Study ApprovalUS Expenses3,000
Program Coordination, 2nd partHome Study ApprovalUS Exp., Translation & Document3,500
CCCWA ApplicationHome Study ApprovalForeign Country1,240
New Beginnings’ Fee, 2nd partLetter Seeking ConfirmationUS Expenses1,500
Total Adoption Fees Paid to New Beginnings11,590


Adoption Fees Paid to CCCWA Orphanage

DescriptionDue atFee TypeAmount ($)
Donation to OrphanageIn CountryContributionEst. 5,700


Social Services done by NB for families living in our service area of NY, NJ, PA, or FL.

DescriptionDue atFee TypeAmount ($)
Home StudyAdoption Service AgreementHome Study1,700
Post-Adoption, six reportsSubmission of EPPost-Adoption Reports2,550
Transportation home visitWhen BilledMileage/Travel55¢/mile


Social Services for families outside our service area. Fees paid to Local Adoption agency. 

DescriptionDue atFee TypeAmount ($)
Home StudyWhen BilledHome Study1,500 to 3,000
Post-AdoptionBefore travelPost-Adoption Reports2,200 to 3,800
Supervision of ServicesAdoption Service AgreementHome Studypaid to NB, 500
Total Social Services, Home Study, and Post-Adoption Fees3,900 to 6,800


Third-Party Expenses

DescriptionDue atPaid toAmount ($)
USCIS, I-600A filing feeHome Study ApprovalHomeland Security775
FingerprintsHome Study ApprovalHomeland Security85 per person
Parent Education WorkshopsHome Study ProcessAdoption Learning Partner180 to 300
Pre-Adoption Medical ReviewReferralMedical Review of Referral250 to 600
Visa Application and MedicalWhile TravelingUS Embassy625
Recognition and Re-adoptionPost-AdoptionAttorney’s Office500 to 2,000
Total Third-Part Expenses2,245 to 4,845


Translation and Document Fees

DescriptionDue atPaid toAmount ($)
Translation Letter Seeking ConfirmationNew Beginnings360
DocumentHome Study ApprovalVarious900 to 1,100


Travel and Overseas

DescriptionDue atFee TypeAmount ($)
Travel and OverseasCourt Notice and TravelTravel & Accommodations6,000 to 9,000


Summary of Chinese Adoption Fees and Expenses

U.S Expenses10,150
Foreign Country1,440
Care of the Child0
Home Study1,700 to 3,500
Post-Adoption2,200 to 3,800
Third-Party2,415 to 4,470
Translation and Documents1,260 yo 1,560
Travel and Accommodations6,000 to 9,000
Final Estimated Adoption Cost$31,165 to $40,120


Fees For Other Services


Home Study Update, Minor Changes: $450.00

A home visit for a Minor Change of Circumstances 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, an allegation of child abuse, change in medical condition, changes in emotional or mental health, pregnancy, difficulty in a marital relationship or with significant other, the 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 (for families who do not live in our service area): $500.00
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 beginning another adoption process.

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.

Adoption of More than One Child

If adoption of more than one child, for each additional child the New Beginnings’ fee is increased by 1,500 and the China Program fee is increased by 5,000. Fees for translation and filing post-adoption reports are 360 for each child and post-adoption services done by NB are 50% higher.

Exceeds Routine Services: TBD

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 a 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 carriers. 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 costs for adoption services. Payments are made to New Beginnings, the home study agency, USCIS, and the US Embassy in the 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.


The Costs of International Adoption

IInternational adoption can be expensive, but assistance is available. There are organizations and foundations that provide grants and loans to help families adopting. There are many options available for financial assistance. For a list of organizations that provide assistance for international adoption, click here.  In addition, the adoption tax credit is a big benefit and is available to most families. This can be a savings of over $13,750

Comparing expenses between agencies can be complicated. When comparing cost, New Beginnings has one of the least expensive Morocco, Thai and China programs and our fees are very competitive for the Korea Program.

New Beginnings fees are presented in a straight forward, simple fashion. We include fees for the home study, post-adoption, the agency and the foreign organization. Also include are incidental fee that are paid to third parties in the adoption process. To see a Sample Adoption Servcie Agreement, click here. If you want more information on a particular program, contact New Beginnings and ask for the Adoption Service Agreement for your porgram.

Need Financial Assistance?

If you have chosen to pursue international adoption, you should know that there may be financial assistance available to help with the adoption expenses. Check out our financial assistance page which lists several options for families hoping to find help in meeting their adoption costs.

Budgeting For International Adoption

When you’ve made the decision to adopt, it makes sense to put together a financial plan before you begin the process. Adoptions come with the standard agency, legal and home study fees, but for international adoptions, there are additional travel, visa expenses and a fee to the foreign agency to consider.

Here are a few tips on how to plan and prepare for these expenses

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