One of the main reasons people shy away from adoptions is cost. Adopting children in certain states or from overseas may prove expensive. Costs can climb into the thousands, especially when some attempts fall through. However, in Texas, parents may end up paying just a few hundred dollars to expand their families.
ABC KVUE reports that Texas adoptions cost just $300 or $400. These costs cover not just the license to adopt but also state fees. The perks do not stop there either.
Financial incentives for adoptive parents
To make state adoptions more attractive to parents, Texas provides several incentives worth looking into. These include the following:
- Free college tuition for children if they attend school in Texas
- Monthly reimbursement that ranges from roughly $400 to $500
- Medicaid health insurance
Private adoption figures
When families have a specific child in mind or want to adopt from a specific demographic, they may consider private adoptions, instead. These adoptions cost more than state adoptions, but the cost is worth every penny for some families. Estimates range from $25,000 to $40,000.
Adoption numbers in Texas
The incentives for state adoptions do work. U.S. News reports that 6,000 adopted children joined families in 2019. This set a new record in the state. In fact, more children left Texas foster care than those who joined it, which is a first for the state. However, more than 31,000 children remain in foster care. Parents who are considering adopting may wish to consider state adoptions when the cost is a factor.
Adopting is a deeply personal decision. How parents choose to proceed with these adoptions also depends entirely on them. While state adoptions provide an attractive option, they may not work for everyone.