COST OF INDEPENDENT ADOPTION

Cost: $8,000 to $40,000 The plus side of Independent Adoption is that you will not be dealing with an agency, so you can form a bond with the birth parents and feel secure that they know exactly who will be adopting their child. However, going it agency-free also means running the risk of a birth mother or…

COST OF FOSTER CARE ADOPTION

Cost: $0 to $2,500 Adopting from the U.S. foster care system is generally the least expensive type of adoption, usually involving little or no cost, and states often provide subsidies to adoptive parents. Costs That May be Included: Attorney Fees Travel Expenses Home Study Medical Care/Psychological Evaluation Most public agencies in the foster care system…

STATE OR PUBLIC AGENCY ADOPTION

State or public agency adoption means adopting a child who is in foster care from the public child welfare system. The U.S. is currently facing a critical shortage of adoptive parents for Foster Children and children with disabilities, and gay and lesbian adoptions have been helping to fill this gap. Adopting a child in the…

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

International adoption includes adopting a child from another country through an agency or independently. This is a route many gay and lesbian couples have chosen in the past because there is a greater chance of adopting an infant, the wait time is often shorter, and there is less of a chance of the adoption being challenged…

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? SURROGACY

From finding an egg donor and surrogate to finding a clinic to perform In Vitro Fertilization, the costs of using surrogacy to become a parent are not insignificant. Before embarking on the process, it’s important to make sure you are financially ready to weather any ups and downs of baby making with (many) moving parts. Click on the…

GAY FRIENDLY PEDIATRICIANS IN NYC

When it comes to pediatricians, any parent will tell you finding a doctor that is friendly, trustworthy, and accessible is invaluable, especially in the big bustling busyness of New York City. Add making sure your pediatrician is comfortable with gay parents, and finding a great pediatrician becomes even more important. The idea is to not…

ADOPTION AGENCIES

The good news? There are thousands of agencies and services offering adoption for couples across the country, and gay families like Cam, Mitchell, and adopted daughter Lily from ABC’s Modern Family are only increasing. The bad news? Some agencies may refuse gay couples their services because of a religious affiliation, personal beliefs or bias. There…