Fees and expenses

Fees and expenses for adoption can vary.

Depending on which program you choose, adoption may cost nothing to $60,000 or more.

Adoption programActivitiesEstimated costs
Adopt BC Kids adoption
  • Homestudy
  • Adoption education program
  • Criminal record check
  • Travel expenses if matched with a child or youth from another community
  • No cost (except travel expenses)
  • Post Adoption Assistance may be available
Local infant agency adoption
  • Homestudy
  • Adoption education program
  • Birth family counselling
  • Post placement visits
  • Legal fees
  • Court filing fees
  • Starting at $20,000
International adoption
  • Agency fees
  • International partner agency fees
  • Orphanage donation
  • In-country consultant
  • Legal fees
  • $30,000 to $60,000
Foster parent adoption
  • Homestudy
  • Adoption education program
  •  No cost
  • Post adoption assistance may be available
Direct placement adoption
  • Pre-placement assessment
  • Birth parent counselling
  • Starting at $10,000
Local relative / step-parent adoption
  • Lawyers fees
  • Fees vary depending on complexity of application
Adult adoption
  • Lawyers fees
  • Fees vary depending on complexity of application
Aboriginal custom adoption
  • Lawyers fees
  • Fees vary depending on complexity of application
Embryo adoption / donation
  • Clinic fees
  • Medication
  • Treatment fees
  • Varies

Birth parents

Fees for birth parents

There are no fees for birth parents placing through any program. BC agencies offer unbiased adoption counselling free of charge for expectant mothers and fathers, and on-going supports for expectant parents who decide to make an adoption plan.

Under BC law, birth parents cannot be financially compensated.

Fees for genetic parents of embryo adoption/donation

While embryo storage fees may apply, there is no fee for genetic parents to donate their embryos through a clinic or embryo adoption program. Under Canadian law, persons cannot be reimbursed for the donation of embryos.

How do I apply to adopt?

The application process for MCFD and agency adoptions can vary.

The matching process

Finding the right families for kids who wait.