4 Domestic adoption agencies with sliding scale fees

Posted on 05. Jun, 2012 by in Adoption Agencies, Adoption Costs, Archives, Domestic Adoption

Looking for a reputable adoption agency to help you build your family is tough.  Finding one that has fees that fit into your budget can be worse.  But there is some good news.  There are adoption agencies that provide sliding scale fee structures.  

What is a sliding scale?  It is when an agency sets a fee for its services based on your income or ability to pay. 

Sound good?  Would that make your adoption journey more affordable?  You bet.

Here are 4 adoption agencies that offer sliding scale fees:  

1. Bethany Adoption Agency:

One of the nation’s oldest adoption agencies has locations in most states.  You can request a free information packet from them or find out if a free informational meeting is taking place near you.  There is also a FAQ page to help answer some of your initial questions about domestic adoption with Bethany.  They have a sliding scale fee program available in most states, so you will have to contact your local Bethany office to find out more (just click on the locations link above.)

The following links provide some more information and reviews:

MyAdoptionAgencies.com

AdoptionAgencyRatings.com

 

2. Premier Adoption Agency: 

They are based in Nevada, but work with couples from all over the country.  They primarily place newborns.  There is a $450 application fee and they spell out their fee structure on the website.  The site states specifically that the sliding scale depends on the potential adoptive couples income level, not the ethnicity of the child.  The upfront fee of $5,000 is due at the signing of their “Statement of Understanding”.  The fee is to retain their services and to get the process started as soon as possible.  

The following links provide some more information and reviews:

MyAdoptionAgencies.com

State of Nevada (this is not a review, but shows they are a part of the state’s agency listings)

3. Adoption Star: 

Adoption Star is a full service non-profit adoption agency licensed in New York, Ohio, and Florida. They specialize in domestic infant adoptions. Their placement fees are based on a sliding fee scale and are based on your gross income.

You can begin with their Getting Started page. They also offer free information packets as well as an online Adoptive Parents Profile form. Adoption Star has a great Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

The following links provide some more information and reviews:

AllExperts.com

AdoptionAgencyRatings.com

 

4. One World Adoption Services:

They are based in Georgia, but they work with couples and singles living anywhere in the U.S. and even with U.S. citizens living abroad.  There is a $250 application fee.  You can click here to request free information to be sent to you. Their website says an average adoption completed with them is anywhere from 12 – 24 months.

The following links provide some more information and reviews:

MyAdoptionAgencies.com

AdoptionAgencyRatings.com

 

While I think it is great that these four agencies provide sliding scale fees, it is not my intent to say they are better than other agencies.  I simply want you to use this information to help you make a better decision as to which agency is the best fit for you.  

I recommend checking with a good adoption attorney to make sure a sliding scale fee is legal in your state.  You can also check out Childware.gov as they list the laws for each state pertaining to agency fees.

Please do some additional research of any adoption agency you are interested in working with.  You can check their references, check online reviews, and do a simple Google search such as “Bethany Adoption reviews”.

Keep in mind that some adoption agencies have offices in many states.  To judge them fairly, you should verify the reviews are about the office located in your state.

Here are more adoption agency resources:

3 domestic adoption agencies with little upfront costs

Questions to ask adoption professionals – part 1

Questions to ask adoption professionals – part 2

Questions to ask adoption professionals – part 3 

Adoption professional directory

What do you think?  Do you know of other adoption agencies that offer sliding scale fees?  Do you have questions about these agencies?  Have you had experience with an agency that uses a sliding scale fee structure?  

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3 Responses to “4 Domestic adoption agencies with sliding scale fees”

  1. Lisa Sweet

    19. Jul, 2012

    Hi Tim,

    We are a facilitator not an agency but we have a sliding scale fee too! Sweet Beginnings Adoptions

  2. Tim

    20. Jul, 2012

    Hi, Lisa! Thank you for letting us know about Sweet Beginnings Adoptions! Glad to hear that you also have sliding scale fees. I will be sure to include you in my upcoming post about adoption facilitators. Thanks! Tim

  3. Ryan Schwab

    02. Aug, 2012

    Thanks for including us Tim, and more importantly for providing this great resource for potential adoptive parents.

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