I've had a few people ask, so I thought I would share "averages" for what adoption costs.
Adopting through the state AKA "foster to adopt"- FREE, birthparents typically have one year to prove themselves before parental rights are terminated
Adopting through an agency AKA "domestic infant adoption or DIA"-based on income in most cases. typically 15-20% of gross income. typically the base you will pay is $4K on up to $22K, although some agencies have set fees which can go upwards of $30K. This placement fee does not include costs of home study, travel costs, etc. associated with the adoption
Adopting internationally-typically $20-$40K
So far we have raised $9K. M.E.'s adoption was about $18K total. Hope that helps!