"If I were to ask God why He lets poverty and injustice exist, why there are so many orphans and why He does nothing about it, I am SURE He would ask me the same ..."

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About Us

My name is Jessica and my dear sweet hubby is Kelly. We have three beautiful girls, big sis and little sis plus our newest little baby sis :) Welcome to our site where we will blog about our journey to grow our family through adoption in Africa.

Our Adoption Costs










Application; Paperchase: (typically takes most families 4-6 months)
  •  Application fee                 $250
  •  Initial program fee        $1500
  • Home Study Agency Application           $100    
  • Home Study                       $1700   pd $2357 
  • Post Adoption Report pre-payment (refundable)      $1050  
  • Adoptive parent online training course     $175
  • USCIS I600A and fingerprinting fee   $830
  • Miscellaneous paperwork fees (estimate $100 - $1,000) pd $96




Total costs during paperchase: Roughly $5,705 - $6,605





Dossier Submission; Waiting: (All of these fees are due before we can submit our Dossier to Ethiopia.  For most families, this happens within a 4-6 month timeframe from application)
  •  Courier service          ($150)
  •  2nd installment of program fee        ($2,000)
  • Dossier Service &; Translation            ($800)
  • ½ of the International Program fee    ($3,750)




Total costs to submit dossier to Ethiopia: $6,700








Referral/Travel:

  • International Specialist Consultation               $100 - $400
  • 3rd Installment of Program Fee               $1500
  • 1/2 International Program Fee                $3750
  • Trip 1 - Airfare (2 adults)                    $2400 - $4000
  • Trip 1 - In-country Travel Package (2 adults)     $1400 - $2500
  • Trip 1 - Visas (2 adults)                   $40
  • Trip 2 - Airfare (2 adults)                    $2400 - $4000
  • Trip 2 - Airfare (1 child)                 $250 - $1000
  • Trip 2 - In-country Travel Package (2 adults)     $1000 - $2000
  • Trip 2 - Visas (2 adults)                   $40
  • Visa/Embassy Fee (1 child)            $400


Total costs to travel to Ethiopia for both court and to bring our child home: 
$13,280 - $19, 630






Post Adoption Cost:

  • Post-adoption visits         $300- $1500
  • Post-adoption Administrative Fee       $385
  • Re-Adoption               $300-$1000  (it seems like our social worker said that re-adoption was free in SC, so we may not have this cost!)
  • Post -adoption Report Refund         (+$1000)  ***if our reports are in time, we will get this amount back!
  • Other costs (Dr. visit, SS Card, etc.)   $100-$1000


Total Post-Adoption Costs :  $85 - $2885

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