Adoption Fees

Our staff is excited to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Call 541-687-2202 or email info@holtinternational.org. We are open and transparent about our fees and try to overestimate all potential costs, including third-party costs and travel.

China

Holt fees: $18,100 - $18,500

Orphanage Donation: $5,700

Third party costs: $1,480 - $4,450

Travel costs: $8,000 – $10,000

Estimated total: $33,280 - $38,650


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the China program. If we notice a potential challenge on the application, we will let you know immediately and develop a coordinated plan with you, your homestudy preparer and our staff in China to ensure your process runs smoothly. This fee covers all Holt China program support services as you complete your homestudy. Our clinical support team can help you determine your suitability to adopt a child with special placement considerations, such as an older child or a child adopted out of birth order.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a home study assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the home study for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage (if required)
Due: prior to home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the child's birth country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

Document Processing Service (recommended) — $750
Due: After application to Holt

This is an optional service available to families adopting from China and required for those matched pre-homestudy. A China dossier specialist will be assigned to your case and will help you keep track of the document shelf-life and ensure you meet submission deadlines. They assist in obtaining records needed for your dossier and get the documents notarized and certified as required by county, state, federal and foreign governments. They coordinate couriers and expedited processing (when needed) as well as shipping. They also make necessary photocopies and mount photographs required for your dossier. Families are responsible for the fees charged by government offices to certify the documents and the cost to mail documents via Federal Express. The service offers a significant time savings for all families and actually reduces document processing costs for many.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and China. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier and must be paid in full before we can process your dossier.

Adoption Program Fee — $15,000
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins

The adoption program fee covers all costs relating to a child's adoption process in China. Holt SNAF grants are available on a case-by-case basis for families who qualify. Contact China program for details. This fee includes, but is not limited to:

  • Costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education in China
  • Legal adoption services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, translation services (including fees related to these services)
  • Child's Chinese passport and U.S. visa fees
  • Costs associated with obtaining child updates
  • Mandatory $5,700+ orphanage donation required by the central authority, China Center for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). Holt disburses this fee so families don't need to travel with large sums of cash on the adoption trip.

Placement Processing Fee — $900
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins

This fee covers costs for personnel, administrative overhead and translation services incurred by Holt to review and submit post-placement reports over the course of five years, which equates to $150 per report.

Post-Placement Reports — $1,600 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

Families in Holt branch states are charged $400 per report for the first two years of post-placement reports, which must be completed by a social worker. The final three reports required by China are self-reports completed by each family and submitted to Holt’s headquarters in Oregon for processing. For families living in a non-branch state, fees range from $1200-$2500 for post placement services.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process.

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Dossier Preparation $500-$1200
Due: Prior to dossier submission (first 6 months of process)

The home study and dossier process requires families to obtain official documents to verify income, financial status, employment, health, marriage, etc. These documents require notarization, certification and authentication before being submitted to China. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on your individual situation, where you live and where your documents originate.

Adoption Re-Finalization — $25 - $1,500
Due: Post adoption; Varies

Holt strongly recommends that families re-finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Airfare, hotel, transportation: $8,000–$10,000
Due: Most will be paid just prior to traveling

Travel expenses vary greatly depending on the number of people in your travel party, where you go in China and the time of year that you travel. These expenses include international and domestic airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation, as well as the cost of obtaining visas to travel to China.

Korea

Holt fees: $32,500 - $32,900

Third party costs: $1,805-$6,250

Travel costs: $2,450-$6,500

Estimated total: $36,755 - $45,650


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the Korea program. This fee covers all Holt Korea program support services as you complete your homestudy.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a home study assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the homestudy for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage
Due: Before the home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or the child's country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and Korea. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier once you are matched with a child.

Adoption Program Fee — $22,500
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

The adoption program fee helps cover the cost to facilitate the adoption in your child's birth country. This includes, but is not limited to, costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, legal fees, and passport and U.S. visa fees in the child's country. This fee also covers costs related to the care of your child prior to adoption, including — but not limited to — costs for food, clothing, medical care, foster care and any other services provided directly to your child.

Fees for adopting older children or children with moderate to major special needs may be reduced.

Siblings: Occasionally, twins will become available for adoption from Korea. If you accept a referral of twins, you will be charged the adoption program fee for each child. Non-twin sibling groups are not available for adoption from Korea.  

Korea Travel Fee — $800
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

Holt Korea charges a travel fee for coordinating the transition of a child to their adoptive family. This covers the cost of transportation to and from the airport for both trips, staff time during travel, transportation to and from adoption-related activities such as the court hearing and visa interview, facilitation of meetings with the foster family and child, and the cost of a child’s final medical check-up prior to placement.

Post Placement Reports — $2,400 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

After a child is placed with your family, a social worker will meet with you and your child to discuss your adjustment as a family, provide support, and identify potential supportive resources. The social worker will write a report documenting your child’s growth, development and adjustment. This report meets state, U.S. and international requirements. Korea requires six post-placement visits in the twelve months following the placement of the child.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application — $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes — $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Psychological Evaluation $250-$2,000
Due: During homestudy process

The Korean court requires that families undergo psychological testing as part of the homestudy process. We have found that expenses for this service can vary widely depending on where a family lives and the psychologist used.

Dossier Preparation $100-$1000
Due: After you accept the assignment of a child

The homestudy and dossier process requires families to obtain official copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. Some of these and other documents are required to go through a process of notarization and/or certification before being submitted. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on the state from which the document originates.

Adoption Re-Finalization – $500-$1,500
Due: Post Adoption; Varies

Holt strongly recommends that families re-finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Adoption Travel — $2,450 - $6,500 (estimated for two adults)
Due:  Travel is required for two trips to Korea. Expenses are payable directly to the service provider.

Travel expenses vary greatly depending on the number of people in your travel party and the time of year that you travel. These expenses include airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation, as well as the cost of the child’s plane ticket when you travel to bring him or her home.

Vietnam

Holt fees: $21,360-$21,760

Third party costs: $1,555-$4,250

Travel costs: $5,000-$10,000

Estimated total: $28,165-$38,010


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the Vietnam program. This fee covers all Vietnam program support services as you complete your homestudy.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a homestudy assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the homestudy for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage
Due: Before the home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or the child's birth country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and Vietnam. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier once you are matched with a child.

Adoption Program Fee — $13,360

Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

The adoption program fee covers all costs related to a child’s adoption process in Vietnam. This includes, but is not limited to, costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services and communications, transportation, mediation with government and agency authorities, legal fees, and passport and U.S. visa fees in the child's country. This fee also covers costs related to the care of your child prior to adoption, including — but not limited to — food, clothing, shelter, medical care, foster care, orphanage care and any other services provided directly to your child. This fee may also cover child welfare projects in your child's country of origin.

Fees for adopting older children or children with moderate to major special needs may be reduced.

Post Placement Reports — $1,200 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)

Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

After a child is placed with your family, a social worker will meet with you and your child to discuss your adjustment as a family, provide support and identify potential supportive resources. The social worker will write a report documenting your child’s growth, development and adjustment. This report meets state, U.S. and international requirements. Vietnam requires three post-placement visits in the first six months following the placement of the child.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application — $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes — $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Dossier Preparation — $100-$1000
Due: After you accept the assignment of a child

The homestudy and dossier process requires families to obtain official copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. Some of these and other documents are required to go through a process of notarization and/or certification before being submitted. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on the state from which the document originates.

Adoption Re-Finalization — $500-$1,500
Due: Post-Adoption; Varies

Holt requires families re-finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Adoption Travel — $5,000 - $10,000

Due: At travel approval

Travel expenses vary greatly depending on the length of your stay in Vietnam, the number of people in your travel party, and the time of year that you travel. These expenses include international and domestic airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation as needed.

Thailand

Holt fees: $20,360-$20,760

Third party costs: $1,805-$6,250

Travel costs: $5,000-$10,000

Estimated total: $27,165-$37,010


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the Thailand program. This fee covers all Thailand program support services as you complete your homestudy.

Home Study — $2,500 - $2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)

Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a home study assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the homestudy for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage
Due: Before the home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the child's country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and Thailand. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier once you are matched with a child.

Adoption Program Fee — $12,360
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

The adoption program fee covers all costs related to a child’s adoption process in Thailand. This includes, but is not limited to, costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services and communications, transportation, mediation with government and agency authorities, legal fees, and passport and U.S. visa fees in the child's country. This fee also covers costs related to the care of your child prior to adoption, including — but not limited to — food, clothing, shelter, medical care, foster care, orphanage care and any other services provided directly to your child. This fee may also cover child welfare projects in your child's country of origin.

Fees for adopting older children or children with moderate to major special needs may be reduced.

Post Placement Reports — $1,200 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

After a child is placed with your family, a social worker will meet with you and your child to discuss your adjustment as a family, provide support, and identify potential supportive resources. The social worker will write a report documenting your child’s growth, development and adjustment. This report meets state, U.S. and international requirements. Thailand requires three post-placement visits in the first six months following the placement of the child.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application — $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes — $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Psychological Evaluation — $250-$2,000
Due: During home study process

The Philippine government requires that families undergo psychological testing as part of the homestudy process. Expenses for this service can vary widely depending on where a family lives and the psychologist used.

Dossier Preparation — $100-$1000
Due: After you accept the assignment of a child

The homestudy and dossier process requires families to obtain official copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. Some of these and other documents are required to go through a process of notarization and/or certification before being submitted. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on the state from which the document originates.

Adoption Finalization — $500-$1,500
Due: Post Adoption; Varies

Holt requires families to finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Adoption Travel — $5,000 - $10,000
Due: At travel approval

Travel expenses vary greatly depending on the length of your stay in Thailand (usually about two weeks), the number of people in your travel party, and the time of year that you travel. These expenses include international and domestic airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation, other than traveling to official adoption appointments.

Philippines

Holt fees: $21,360-$21,760

Third party costs: $1,805-$6,250

Travel costs: $5,000-$10,000

Estimated total: $28,165-$38,010


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the Philippines program. This fee covers all Philippines program support services as you complete your homestudy.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a homestudy assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the homestudy for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage
Due: Before the home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the child's birth country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and the Philippines. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier once you are matched with a child.

Adoption Program Fee — $13,360
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

The adoption program fee covers all costs related to a child’s adoption process in the Philippines. This includes, but is not limited to, costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education, legal services and communications, transportation, working with government and agency authorities, legal fees, and passport and U.S. visa fees in the child's country. This fee also covers costs related to the care of your child prior to adoption, including — but not limited to — food, clothing, shelter, medical care, foster care, orphanage care and any other services provided directly to your child. It also includes any mandatory donations required by child welfare authorities. This fee may also cover child welfare projects in your child's country of origin.

Fees for adopting older children or children with moderate to major special needs may be reduced.

Post Placement Reports — $1,200 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch familie, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

After a child is placed with your family, a social worker will meet with you and your child to discuss your adjustment as a family, provide support and identify potential supportive resources. The social worker will write a report documenting your child’s growth, development and adjustment. This report meets state, U.S. and international requirements. The Philippines requires three post-placement visits in the first six months following the placement of the child.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application — $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes — $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Psychological Evaluation — $250-$2,000
Due: During home study process

The Philippine government requires that families undergo psychological testing as part of the home study process. Expenses for this service can vary widely depending on where a family lives and the psychologist used.

Dossier Preparation — $100-$1000
Due: After you accept the assignment of a child

The homestudy and dossier process requires families to obtain official copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. Some of these and other documents are required to go through a process of notarization and/or certification before being submitted. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on the state from which the document originates.

Adoption Finalization — $500-$1,500
Due: Post Adoption; Varies

Holt requires families to finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Adoption Travel — $5,000 - $10,000
Due: At travel approval

Travel expenses vary greatly depending on the length of your stay in the Philippines (a minimum of 5 business days is required), the number of people in your travel party, and the time of year that you travel. These expenses include international and domestic airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation other than traveling to official adoption appointments.

India

Holt fees: $23,960-$24,460

Third party costs: $6,755-$10,450

Travel costs: $5,000-$10,000

Estimated total: $35,715-$49,910


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the India program. This fee covers all India program support services as you complete your homestudy.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a homestudy assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the homestudy for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage
Due: Before the home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the child's birth country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and India. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier once you are matched with a child.

Adoption Program Fee – $14,360
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

This fee covers the cost of background investigations of the child, social services, accepting legal responsibility for the child, liaison with government and agency authorities, legal fees, required donations and your child’s passport.

Post Placement Reports — $2,800 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

After a child is placed with your family, a social worker will meet with you and your child to discuss your adjustment as a family, provide support and identify potential supportive resources. The social worker will write a report documenting your child’s growth, development and adjustment. This report meets state, U.S. and international requirements. India requires seven post-placement visits in the two years following the placement of the child.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes — $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process.

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Dossier Preparation — $100-$2,000
Due: After you accept the assignment of a child

The homestudy and dossier process requires families to obtain official copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. Haiti requires homestudy and dossier documents to go through a process of notarization, certification, authentication and translation into French before being submitted to Holt for further processing. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on the state where you reside.

Indian Court Requirements — $5,200
Due: At time of travel

Some Indian courts may have two specific conditions written into the court order.

  • A deposit of approximately $1,200 U.S. dollars, depending on the current exchange rate, payable at either the time of travel for the court hearing or at the time of travel to receive custody of your child. This will depend on the individual judge presiding over the case in India.
  • An investment fund established in your child’s name within 2-3 months of your child’s arrival to the U.S. of approximately $4,000 U.S. dollars, depending on the current exchange rate.

Adoption Re-Finalization — $500-$1,500
Due: Post Adoption; Varies

Holt requires families re-finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Adoption Travel — $5,000 - $15,000
Due: At travel approval

Travel costs depend on length of stay in country, flight costs for parent(s) and adopted child, lodging, hotel, transportation and travel visas. Travel to India is typically one trip of about 10 days. On rare occasions, a judge may want to meet applicants before issuing an adoption order, which could require a second trip.

Haiti

Holt fees: $33,000-$33,400

Third party costs: $4,705-$8,250

Travel costs: $5,500-$13,000

Estimated total: $43,205-$54,650


HOLT FEES:

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the Haiti program. This fee covers all Haiti program support services as you complete your homestudy.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a homestudy assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the homestudy for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a homestudy through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage
Due: Before the home visit

You may need to update your adoption homestudy before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the child's birth country. This fee covers the cost of completing a homestudy update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your homestudy

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and Haiti. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier once you are matched with a child.

Adoption Program Fee — $25,000
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child

The adoption program fee helps cover the costs related to a child’s adoption process from Haiti. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education both in the U.S. and Haiti.
  • Legal adoption services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, central authority fees (including fees related to these services).
  • Costs related to the care of your child prior to adoption, including — but not limited to — food, clothing, shelter, medical care, foster care, orphanage care and any other services provided directly to your child.
  • Child’s Haitian passport and U.S. visa fees.

Post Placement Reports — $1,200 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

After a child is placed with your family, a social worker will meet with you and your child to discuss your adjustment as a family, provide support and identify potential supportive resources. The social worker will write a report documenting your child’s growth, development and adjustment. This report meets state, U.S. and international requirements. Haiti requires three post-placement visits in the first six months following the placement of the child.


THIRD PARTY COSTS:

USCIS application — $805-$1,250
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes — $150-$500
Due: During homestudy process.

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Psychological Evaluation — $250-$2,000
Due: during homestudy process.

DESCRIPTION: The Haitian government requires that families undergo psychological testing as part of the home study process. We have found that expenses for this service can vary widely depending on where a family lives and the psychologist used.

Dossier Preparation — $3,000
Due: after you accept the assignment of a child

The homestudy and dossier process requires families to obtain official copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and divorce decrees. Haiti requires homestudy and dossier documents to go through a process of notarization, certification, authentication and translation into French before being submitted to Holt for further processing. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on the state where you reside.

Adoption Re-Finalization — $500-$1,500
Due: Post Adoption; Varies

Holt requires that families re-finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS:

Adoption Travel — $5,500-$13,000
Due: At travel approval

Due to the proximity of Haiti to the U.S., travel expenses will vary greatly depending on what state you live in, how many days you stay during each trip, the number of people in your travel party, and the time of year that you travel. The location of your child’s orphanage will have an impact on the costs of transportation and lodging while in country. Families should plan to cover all travel expenses, include airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation while in country.

Ethiopia

Holt fees: $25,200 - $27,700

Third party costs: $1,955 - $4,450

Travel costs: $8,000 – $10,000

Estimated total: $34,955-$42,150


HOLT FEES

Application — $300
Due: At time of applying to Holt

The non-refundable application fee is due with your Holt application form. This fee covers the cost of a thorough review of your application to confirm your eligibility for the Ethiopia program. If we notice a potential challenge on the application, we will let you know immediately and develop a coordinated plan with you, your homestudy preparer and our staff in Ethiopia to ensure your process runs smoothly. This fee covers all Holt Ethiopia program support services as you complete your homestudy. Our clinical support team can help you determine your suitability to adopt a child with special placement considerations, such as an older child or a child adopted out of birth order.

Home Study — $2,500-$2,900 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: Before the first home visit

If you live in one of Holt’s branch states, Holt will conduct required background checks on all household members, obtain references from the individuals you list on your application, and guide you through the process of collecting all necessary supporting documentation to complete a home study assessment for your family, including verification of parent training. A social worker will conduct a home visit and interview all household members to gather information for the assessment. Once all the necessary information has been gathered, the social worker will write an extensive report about your family to meet state, U.S. and international requirements. This report will be reviewed and approved by the country program and you will receive several original, notarized copies of the home study for use in completing your adoption process. If you do not live in a Holt branch state, the cost of a home study through one of Holt's supervised providers will likely range from $1,500-$4,500.

Home Study Update Fee — $500 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: prior to home visit

You may need to update your adoption home study before your adoption is complete because of requirements set by your state of residence, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, or the child's birth country. This fee covers the cost of completing a home study update and is due prior to the home visit. If you live in a non-branch state, the cost of an update can range from $250-$1,000.

U.S. Processing Fee — $3,500
Due: After Holt approves your home study

This non-refundable fee covers Holt's cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials in both the United States and Ethiopia. Processing expenses for Holt include — but are not limited to — personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, communications and publications costs. This fee also covers all registration and translation costs related to submitting your dossier and must be paid in full before we can process your dossier.

Adoption Program Fee — $18,900 
Due: When you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins

The adoption program fee covers all costs relating to a child's adoption process in Ethiopia. Holt SNAF grants are available on a case-by-case basis for families who qualify. Contact Ethiopia program for details. This fee includes, but is not limited to:

  • Costs for personnel, administrative overhead, training, education in Ethiopia
  • Legal adoption services and communications, working with government and agency authorities, translation services (including fees related to these services)
  • Child's Ethiopian passport and U.S. visa fees
  • Costs associated with obtaining child updates
  • Orphanage costs for care of the child during legal processing of the case

Post-Placement Reports — $1,600 plus mileage (if provided by Holt)
Due: For Holt branch families, when you accept the assignment of a child and before travel scheduling begins. For non-branch families, it varies by agency.

  • Families in Holt branch states are charged $400 per report for the first two years of post-placement reports, which must be completed by a social worker. As required by Ethiopia, the final yearly reports until the child is 18 years of age are self-reports completed by each family and submitted to Holt’s headquarters in Oregon for processing. For families living in a non-branch state, fees range from $1200-$2500 for post placement services.

THIRD PARTY COSTS

USCIS application $805-$1,250 
Due: After homestudy is approved

All U.S. families must receive approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before bringing a child to the U.S. for adoption. USCIS requires families pay an application fee, fingerprinting fee and, in some cases, a renewal or change fee.

Adoption Education Classes $150-$500 
Due: During homestudy process.

You will be required to complete a number of general adoption trainings using approved online courses. The cost of these courses may vary, depending on your interest in taking additional courses beyond the required minimum.

Dossier Preparation $500-$1200
Due: Prior to dossier submission (first 6 months of process)

The home study and dossier process requires families to obtain official documents to verify income, financial status, employment, health, marriage, etc. These documents require notarization, state certification, and authenticationby the Department of State and Ethiopian Embassy before being submitted to Ethiopia. The cost of collecting and certifying these documents will vary depending on your individual situation, where you live and where your documents originate.

Adoption Re-Finalization — $500-$1,500
Due: Post adoption; Varies

Holt strongly recommends that families re-finalize their child's adoption in their state of residence. Depending on your state's requirements, you may need to obtain help from an attorney to complete the court finalization process.


TRAVEL COSTS

Airfare, hotel, transportation: $8,000–$10,000

Due: Most will be paid just prior to traveling

Travel expenses vary greatly depending on the number of people in your travel party, where you go in Ethiopia and the time of year that you travel. These expenses include international airfare, lodging, meals and ground transportation, as well as the cost of obtaining visas to travel to Ethiopia.

Financial Assistance

Holt believes finances should not stop a child from having a loving family. Although many resources exist to help adoptive families offset the cost of adoption, it's not always clear where to start looking or what opportunities are best suited for your family. To help you consider all your options, Holt provides an outline of financial assistance, as well as a list of resources categorized by type. Please note: The information provided on this page is for your information and consideration only and is not an endorsement of these organizations or companies.

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Fee Refunds:

If for some unforeseen reason you need to withdraw from the adoption process before your child arrives home, Holt will refund a percentage of your fees (within 60 days of the completion of services). The amount refunded depends on the following circumstances:

Family cancels; withdraws after accepting child assignment:
Fee % of Refund
U.S. Processing 0%
Adoption Program 50%
Post-placement fees 100%
Overseas agency cancels assignment after family accepts child:
Fee % of Refund
U.S. Processing 0%
Adoption Program 100%
Post-placement fees 100%