Agency Fees


Assessment of prospective adoptive parent(s) and assuring basic program requirements.

New Beginnings’ Fee

Adoption expenses in U.S. To establish a service plan and ensure all adoption services
are provided and consistent with applicable laws and regulations. Agency fees are for personnel cost,
administrative overhead, and operational expenses. For orientation and guidance to the inter-country adoption
process and the country of Thailand. Also, Agency fees are for coordinating the adoption process, including
conducting or supervising home study services, parent education includes child-specific education, assisting in
filing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) applications, post-placement supervision until the
adoption is finalized, pre- and post-adoption support.


First portion ($2,500) Due with Agreement. Second portion ($2,500) Due with Home Study Approval. Third portion ($2,400) due at acceptance of referral.



Pass through to Intercountry Adoption Accreditation and Maintenance Entity, Inc. is the accrediting
entity for the Hague Convention. This fee is for monitoring and oversight of adoption service providers. The
price is 500 per child to be adopted.

Due with agreement.
Total Agency Fees: $8,250

Program Fee

Program Coordination

Foreign country program expenses. Fee for program sponsorship and development;
including compiling and presenting the dossier to orphanages in Thailand, working with the orphanage 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;
establishing the itineraries while the family is abroad for the adoption hearing, the placement of the child and
the child’s travel visa. Funds will also be used to support projects and orphanages in Thailand.

Total Program Fees: $5,500

Third Party Fees and Expenses

USCIS Expenses

I-800A filing fee, $775; fingerprints, $85 per adult in home.

Dossier Expenses

Estimate expenses associated with legalization of dossier and translation.

Parent Education Workshops

On-line workshops with Adoption Learning Partners.

Travel and Overseas Expenses

Est. expenses for air travel, hotel, meals, finalization and visa.
$5,000 to $6,500

Psychological Evaluation

Required for home study.
$700 to $1,000

State Adoption Attorney

To finalize in the US.
$700 to $2,500 
Total Third Party Expenses: $9,625 to 13,225

New Beginnings’ Social Services

New Beginnings does the home study and post adoption services for families living in our service area of NY, NJ, PA or FL. Families who live outside our service area will use a local home study provider.

Home Study

Due at contract.

Post-Placement Services

$425 for each report. Minimum 4 reports are needed, (due at referral).

Total Social Services: $3,400

Thailand Adoption Fees and Expenses Summary

Agency Fees$8,250
Program Fees$5,500
Third Party and Other Expenses$9,625 to 13,225
New Beginning’s Home Study Services$3,400
Final Adoption Cost$26,775 to 30,375

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 (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 adopting more than one child, the Service Plan fee will be increased by $500 for each additional I-800 that must be filed. Post-Adoption Services are increased by $250 for each additional report.

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.
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.

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