Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pre Adoption Workshop

I received a flyer from a adoption agency that I don't remember signing up for. It was to inform me of an upcoming meeting pertaining to international adoption programs and requirements and so forth. What I didn't understand is why this meeting requires a fee of $90. Needless to say I did not respond. I don't think you should have to pay for an informational meeting. Maybe I am wrong. For those who have adopted or are in the process, Is this normal?


  1. KMR,

    The international agencies usually provide free seminars to introduce newcomers to their program. I don't understant what they need 90.00 for. You'll discover it's one big fee after the other once you begin.

  2. I see. I am not going. I think it should be free also. I am only going for information not as a client starting the process. I have looked at other agencies but they are not accepting singles at this time. There info sessions are free though.

  3. Wow! It is great that you are moving forward with looking into the adoption process. We did not have to pay for an information session when we began our journey for Ethiopia. The one that I attended locally only required that we respond to let them know if we were coming because they had prepared refreshments etc. However, we are now moving forward with a Domestic adoption (a baby within the United States.
    With our domestic adoption the fees were pretty decent and not over the top. Once we moved forward with the program we also found out that we qualified for a significant subsidy for our adoption through our agency since we are AA and requesting an AA or AA biracial baby. This was made available due to the need of more AA parents or couples wanting to adopt AA babies or biracial babies. It was about 10k taken off the fee. That was not the reason we decided to move forward with the process. We truly felt with everything that was happening and going on that we were being led there even though our heart was truly in Ethiopia. However, I had to learn to not do things my way and listen to God even when we were not totally comfortable. He works things out for you.
    I wish you much luck with your adoption process. It is great that you are educating yourself on the process and finding out everything that you need to know. There is a lot to know about both International and Domestic. The more you are in informed, the better.
    I agree with Angela, there are a lot of fees involved, especially with IA. But hey, you have to do what you have to do!