Friday, January 2, 2015

China Adoption Agency Cost Comparison

I have had so many requests for my agency spreadsheet comparison I decided to put it out there. 

Detailed Cost Analysis (updated as of 1/2/2014) for China adoption agencies found at this LINK.


** Tax footnote - check here to see if you can use the adoption tax credit.

Takeaway message - if you find your kiddo on the shared list, go with CAWLI and save yourself a boatload of $$!!

Caveat -- I tried to make these apple to apple comparison, meaning I generically put the following costs for all agencies. Obviously these costs will vary depending on your Homestudy agency, when you travel, etc.
  • $2200 as the HS costs
  • $870 for USCIS
  • $6600 for in country fees (SWI Donation + Provincial fees)
  • $7,000 for travel (2 parents at 3500 pp).
  • I did not include actual costs for post placements but did include post placement retainers.  I also included fees related to post placement mgmt. (some agencies have them, others do not).
The above can vary but are not usually that widely different from agency to agency.



FOOTNOTES -- All costs taken directly from these links...

CAWLI Fee Chart
FTIA Fee Chart
Lifeline Fee Chart
WACAP Fee Chart
Madison Fee Chart
AAC Fee Chart
CCAI Fee Chart


Living in a Vacuum said...

Thanks so much for this!!!!

Tera said...

Like you mentioned, while these are ballpark figures, there are variances in the fees you posted. For instance, we compiled our own dossier so AAC subtracted a decent chunk (over $1K) for that, and they apply grants when the money is available (automatically applied to the child, not based on the family) so many families had $3K deducted at LOA. As for FTIAs fees, I know from experience that their "Waiting Child" fee vs. regular China program is only specific to SF kids. If you file dossier to get LID without identifying a SF child first, then the dossier filing fee is higher. Lots of things to consider but interesting to see the variations in a process that's essentially the same!