Today, I am grateful for the love of my Savior. His infinite capacity to forgive. Because I need it - infinitely.
And now to answer the first submitted Formspring question. The question is was regarding the costs of domestic adoption versus international adoption.
Each situation differs varies widely, so the averages can be misleading. But the average domestic adoption is around $15,000 - $25,000 while international averages tend to be higher at around $25,000 - $40,000. Even these averages vary depending on the source.
A major expense attributed to international adoption are travel and visa expenses. International agencies often require multiple visits that last several weeks. Obviously the airfare, food, and lodging expenses add up fast. So even if the "adoption costs" of an international adoption appear less (I've seen them as low as $2,000), once you factor in legal fees, documentation, and travel, the cost gets up there.
finalizing our domestic adoption, Dec. 7, 2009
Domestic adoptions can also vary greatly. Foster care adoptions and independent adoptions (those where an agency is not used because an adoptive family found their own birth mom and only need to pay for a lawyer) can be in the ballpark of $1,000. Use of an agency definitely increases costs - they do a lot of advertising and provide a lot of services, which usually includes counseling and education, and may even include housing, clothing, etc.
Once I reveal that Jocelyn was adopted to someone new, he or she usually asks where Jocelyn is from. It always cracks me up because I can tell the person is usually very awkward in asking - like they are curious but they aren't sure if they are being rude or not, or they aren't sure if they should assume she was born in the USA because she is white, etc. I always get a kick out of people's response when I tell them she was born in Boise, Idaho. It always seems to take a moment to sink in exactly how close to me she was born. We hear so many stories in the media about adoptions coming from all over the world and there isn't a lot of attention on those that are closer to home. :)
Hope this helps. If this has brought up any additional questions, leave a comment or ask them in the Formspring box to the right.