Not everybody has a chance to raise a biological child. Fortunately, child adoption gives would-be parents the opportunity to raise a child by working through the independent, international or agency adoption process in Colorado and anywhere else in the United States. But, just like any family law process, an adoption comes with costs and expenses.

Raising a child comes with different expenses, ranging from child care to school expenses to healthcare. These expenses may be greater if an individual is planning to adopt a child. According to Child Welfare Information Gateway, an average U.S. adoption may cost $8,000 to $40,000. The costs associated with adoption may be higher if adopting a child overseas, which may be $15,000 to $30,000. The least expensive way to adopt a child is through the foster care system, where costs range from $0 to $2,500.

The cost of adoption may also vary depending on what type of adoption chosen. Expenses may include travel expenses, basic necessities and miscellaneous costs. For example, if parents are adopting a child outside of their home state, they need to travel to the state where the birth mother is residing to check if the adoptive child and the birth mother are doing well, costing the adoptive parents money for hotel accommodations, food and gas. When it comes to miscellaneous costs, adoptive parents need to pay counseling for the birth mother and FBI background checks for any criminal or abuse record. If parents prefer to adopt through an agency, they will make payments for parenting classes and the costs of placing or matching a child to their care.

Cost is one of the many factors Colorado parents must consider when growing their family through adoption. Despite the financial costs, the memories, experiences and joy of adopting a child are priceless.

Source: U.S. News Money, "The Cost of Adoption," Accessed Oct. 2, 2014