Now that we have had a few weeks to process our emotions, the fire for adoption is still burning strong and we are beginning the footwork for the next one. Since the last adoption connection wasn’t through an agency or consulting company, we were able to handle the cost requirement mostly on our own. We did receive several donations that went towards travel and a portion of the attorney costs for the recent failed adoption. We still lost money but ultimately realized it could have been a lot worse. Even though we have a decent nest egg set aside, agency/consultant costs are pretty jarring. Normal adoption costs from beginning to end range from $38,000 – $50,000. Most people aren’t aware that couples are facing such an astronomical expense when they choose to expand their family in this way.