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Cost of Adoption at All-Time High: Help for NY Families

August 3, 2010

NEW YORK - With rules that vary from state to state and country to country, adopting a child can now cost $40,000 or more. And with no federal standards for adoption, families are often at the mercy of adoption agencies and attorneys to navigate the confusing process.

HelpUsAdopt.Org, now a national non-profit, was founded in New York by Becky Fawcett and her husband in 2007, for very personal reasons. Fawcett says New Yorkers can apply for one of their grants if they are in need of money to complete the adoption process and have a valid home study showing they are suitable parents.

"New York's tough; New York does not have the most adoption-friendly laws; it's tough to navigate and it's an expensive place to live; so there are a lot of people in New York who do need financial help."

There is no charge to apply for the next round of grants; the deadline is late October. Fawcett says their process is open to married couples, gay and lesbian couples and single parents, too. Since 2007, HelpUsAdopt.org has awarded grants to families of 35 adopted children, including a single mom who is a teacher in Manhattan.

This year, international adoptions have become more costly, with countries like Russia and Haiti requiring adoptive parents to make multiple trips before they can bring their child home. When Becky Fawcett adopted her son, she says, she was stunned by the cost, and that's why her group was founded.

"There's a big difference between not having the money to raise a child and not having the $30,000, 40,000, 50,000 sitting in a savings account to adopt a child."

Earlier this year, the federal government extended the adoption tax credit until December of 2011. Adoption advocates would like to see that tax credit made a permanent part of the tax code.

For information on grants, see the group's website, at helpusadopt.org

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NY