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Fee Sheet

Here you can find the complete list of fees that Paths for Families charges for services in our Domestic Infant Program, Foster Care Adoption Program, and Home Study Program. Please note that the fees on this page are current as of January 1, 2024 and are subject to change. Reach out to your caseworker with questions or concerns.

 

Domestic Infant Adoption Fees

Domestic Infant Adoption Sliding Scale Fees

Income-Based Sliding-Scale Placement Fees

Gross Income Program Deposit Due at Placement Total Program Cost
Less than $69,999 $5,880 $10,920 $16,800
$70,000-$89,999 $6,980 $12,970 $19,950
$90,000-$119,999 $8,085 $15,015 $23,100
$120,000-$149,999 $9,180 $17,070 $26,250
$150,000-$179,999 $9,920 $18,430 $28,350
$180,000-$209,999 $10,660 $19,970 $30,450
$210,000-$239,999 $11,390 $21,160 $32,550
$240,000+ $12,130 $22,520 $34,650

Domestic Infant Adoption

Domestic Infant Program Additional Fees

Domestic Infant Program Additional Fees at Placement

  • Medical Expense Fee: $2,000
    • Covers allowable healthcare and living expenses for birth parents prenatally, through birth, and shortly thereafter.
  • Post-Placement Reports: $375 each
    • Three reports required if completed by Adoptions Together. Additional reports may be required.
  • Guardianship Expense Fee: $2,000
    • Covers cost of searching for missing parents, court costs, publication, and legal expense.

Domestic Infant Program Potential Fees After Placement

  • Legal Counsel for Birth Parents: $500-1,500
    • Legal fees for families matched with a minor birth parent or birth parent who requests counsel. Approximate range; does not cap at $1,500.
  • Final Petition for Adoption : $500-1,500
    • Covered by adoptive parents or their attorney. VA costs include filing and adoption disclosure.
  • Interim Care Services: $100/day
    • Interim care services are delivered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Maryland Finalization with Agency Assistance: $250
    • Legal fee for families who are eligible to finalize in Maryland and work with the Domestic Infant Program to complete their petition for adoption.

Domestic Infant Fees Refund Policy

The program deposit is nonrefundable.

The placement fee is refundable if the placement is disrupted by the birth parent or Adoptions Together prior to finalization of the adoption.

Fees paid for interim care services are refundable if the placement is disrupted prior to finalization of the adoption, unless the placement is disrupted by the adoptive parents.

Fees paid for birth parent medical and living expenses are refundable if the placement is disrupted prior to finalization of the adoption, unless the placement is disrupted by the adoptive parents.

Domestic Infant Adoption

 

Foster Care Adoption Fees

Foster Care Adoption Program Fees

  • Application Fee: $630
  • 30-Hour Foster Care Adoption Training Fee: $400
  • Foster Care Adoption Home Study Fee: $1,210
  • Initial Program Deposit: $3,000
  • Placement Fee: $8,000
  • Case Management Fee: $500
  • Annual Program Update Fee: $1,000

*Additional Sibling Placement Fee (where applicable): $7,000

Partnership with A Fearless Life

Adoptions Together, a program of Paths for Families, is partnered with A Fearless Life. A Fearless Life’s mission is to “find and fund a family for every adoption-eligible foster child in America”. They provide families with funding to partner with placement agencies that will match them with a foster child (or foster children) in need of adoption. To learn more and inquire, click here to go to their website.

 

Home Study Fees

Domestic Infant Adoption Home Study Fees

Service Cost Time Due
Application Fee $630 Due at time of application approval.
Case Management Fee $500 Due at time of application approval.
Technology Fee $150 Due at time of application approval.
Home Study Fee $1,210 Due at confirmation of receipt of all
required home study documents.
Training $135-$450 Due at time of training registration.
Post-Placement Reports $375 per visit with report At minimum, 3 post placement visits with
reports are required for finalization.
Due prior to placement of child.
Home Study Update $825 Your home study is valid for 1 year from the
date of initial approval. Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents.
Expedited Initial Domestic Home Study $1,155 Expedited services are provided on a case by case basis. All fees for expedited services due upon application approval and are in addition to the application, administrative, case management, and home study fee.
Expedited Domestic Home Study Update $225 Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents. This fee is in addition to the home study update fee.

Domestic Infant Adoption

Foster Care Adoption Home Study Fees

Service Cost Time Due
Application Fee $630 Due at time of application approval.
Case Management Fee $500 Due at time of application approval.
Technology Fee $150 Due at time of application approval.
Home Study Fee $1,210 Due at confirmation of receipt of all
required home study documents.
Training $400 Due at time of training registration.
Post-Placement Reports $400 per visit with report A monthly post-placement visit with report is
required until finalization. Cost of the first six
post-placements is included in the placement fee. Cost of each additional post-placement visit with report is $400 and due prior to the visit.
Home Study Update $825 Your home study is valid for 1 year from the
date of initial approval. Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents.
Child Specific Addendum $250 Addendum approving adoptive family for an identified child. Invoiced at the time of an official match with a child, $250 per any additional child.
Expedited Initial Foster Care Adoption Home Study $1,155 Expedited services are provided on a case by case basis. All fees for expedited services due upon application approval and are in addition to the application, administrative, case management, and home study fee.
Expedited Foster Care Adoption Home Study Update $225 Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents. This fee is in addition to the home study update fee.

Foster Care Adoption

International Adoption Home Study Fees

Service Cost Time Due
Application Fee $850 Due at time of application approval.
Case Management Fee $500 Due at time of application approval.
Technology Fee $150 Due at time of application approval.
Home Study Fee $1,470 Due at confirmation of receipt of all
required home study documents.
Training $350-500 Due at time of training registration.
Post-Placement Reports $400 per visit with report At minimum, 1 post-adoption visit with report is required within 2 months of placement.
Remaining post-adoption schedule depends on country requirements. Due once home study is approved.
Home Study Update $825 Your home study is valid for 1 year from the date of initial approval. Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents.
Expedited Initial Home Study $1,155 Expedited services are provided on a case by case basis. All fees for expedited services due upon application approval and are in addition to the application, administrative, case management, and home study fee.
Expedited International Home Study Update $225 Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents. This fee is in addition to the home study update fee.

International Adoption

Subsequent Adoption Home Study Fees

Due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study documents. Each new adoption requires a new application to be submitted. As such, the fees listed below do not include the application, technology, and case management fees, which will be invoiced to you upon application approval.

  • Subsequent Home Study for additional child within 3 years of previous home study: $735
  • A full home study will be required after 3+ years since previous adoption.

Virginia Parental Placement Adoption Fees

These fees are for services required in private/independent adoptions in Virginia. These adoptions involve a direct placement of a child with the adoptive parent(s) by a birth mother/father. These fees are in addition to those charged for a domestic home study.

 

Service Cost Time Due
Simultaneous Meeting $550 Joint meeting with social worker, adoptive family, and birth family. Due at time of meeting.
Court Mandated Parental Placement Home Study $450 Due once child is placed in your home, prior to court appearance.
Report of Visitation $550 Due after completion of 3 post-placement visits.
Birth Parent Counseling & Expenses Case-by-case cost Talk to your caseworker for additional information.

Additional Post-Placement Fees

  • Expedited Fee for Post-Placement: $100
  • Post-Placement Supervision for additional child during same visit
    • Infant adoption
      • $200 per visit without a separate report
      • $375 per visit with a separate report
    • Foster Care Adoption/International adoption
      • $250 per visit without a separate report
      • $400 per visit with a separate report 
  • Post-Placement Supervisory Phone Conference
    • $150 with Report
    • $50 without Report

Finalization Fees

Service Cost Time Due
VA Court Finalization Report $550 + $250 per additional child Due when adoption petition is filed with court.
Notary Finalization of Adoption $50 For any state that requires this finalization service.
DC Finalization Interim Court Report $300 Due when Order of Reference is received.
DC Finalization Final Court Report $500 Due when Order of Reference is received.
MD Finalization N/A No special reports due unless specifically ordered by the court.

Other Fees and Services

  • Interstate Relocation Update: $825
    • Due when moving from one state to another within Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC. Payment due at confirmation of receipt of all required home study update documents.
  • Program conversion fee: $825
    • Due when changing from one Adoptions Together program service to another.
  • Home Study Amendment: $250
    • Any change made to home study after it has been finalized, due prior to service.
  • Home Safety Assessment: $400
    • Assessment of physical home environment required during a child custody/guardianship court proceeding.
    • Due at time of application approval. Technology and Case Management fees also apply.
  • Consultation regarding and identified child: $200
    • Review of documentation and conversation with social worker. Due at time of request. Additional fees assessed if written report is required.
  • Home Study Restart/Late fee: $225
    • Due if initial home study documents are not completed within 6 months of application payment. Due for a home study update if documents are not completed within 30 days of the expiration date.
  • Travel Fee
    • Home Study: $100 (invoiced at time of home study balance)
    • Post-Placement: to be determined by number of post placement visits required and invoiced prior to placement (with the exception of foster care adoption)
  • Return check fee
    • $35

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