Adoption Fees & Parent Eligibility

Holt-Sunny Ridge is a private, nonprofit, licensed and accredited child welfare and family service organization. Our adoption work is entirely financed through adoption fees and donations. It is not government subsidized. We believe that children are the highest priority, and we want as many children as possible to have families. To that end, we strive to keep our fees within a reasonable range. All fees are subject to change, and are charged at the rate that is current at time of billing. Families will be notified in writing of any fee increase.

We are excited to hear from you and answer any questions you have. Call 630-754-4500 or email illinois@holtsunnyridge.org.

Parent Eligibility

Holt-Sunny Ridge primarily works with adoptive parents who are Illinois residents, above the age of 21, demonstrate income adequate to support a family, have a secure and stable family life and who meet all DCFS standards for adoption. Because adoptive families are chosen personally by the birth parents, each adoptive family will be chosen for differing reasons.

It is our goal to present a diverse group of adoptive parents to our birth mothers so that they will have options when selecting a family for their child. For this reason, we are actively recruiting families who are African American.

Domestic Adoption Fees

We are open and transparent about our fees and want you to be aware of all potential costs involved in an adoption.

Stage 1

Application, Initial Homestudy or Subsequent Homestudy

Services

• Orientation

• Interest Form Interview

• Review of Application

• Homestudy*

• Ensure State Requirements Are Met

Fees Due In Stage 1

Application fee (non-refundable) - $300

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge with application. Applicable to both first and subsequent adoptions.

Initial homestudy fee - $2,900

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

Subsequent homestudy fee - $2,900

If first adoption is within 3 years of the subsequent adoption, a 30% discount will be applied.

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

* An updated homestudy is required if significant events occur prior to the placement of a child, such

    as a move and/or a change in household composition.

Homestudy update fee - $500

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

Fees Not Included In This Stage

• Adoption preparation training required for all adoptive parents - $400+

Various training options available and payment made to training vendors.

Stage 2

Profile and Match

Services

                Profile Services:

  • Execution of comprehensive outreach plan
  • Quarterly newsletter reporting outreach efforts and resources
  • Profile assistance and feedback
  • Profile on agency website and shown to birth parent(s)

Match Services

  • Assessment of birth parent(s) needs
  • Provide individual and/or group counseling to birth parent(s) and immediate family
  • Coordination and payment of birth parent living expenses
  • Coordination and attendance by birth parent caseworker at match meetings between birth parent(s) and prospective adoptive parent(s)
  • Development of openness plan between the birth parent(s) and prospective adoptive parent(s) for before and after placement.

Fees Due in Stage 2

Profile Fee - $6,000

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge when family’s profile is activated.

Fees Not Included In This Stage

• Birth parent(s) living expenses -Varies

To be determined after the assessment of birth parent(s) needs.

Stage 3

Placement

Services

• Coordination of birth/hospital plan

• Support to adoptive and birth parent(s) before, during and after birth, which includes on-call services by the agency

• Preparation of adoption court documents

• Coordination of child’s placement in adoptive family’s home or interim care home

Fees Due in Stage 3

Placement Fee - Based on sliding scale outlined below

Due when child is placed with adoptive family. One-half placement fee due for each additional child placed at the same time.

INCOME

Based on family’s adjusted gross income on most recent IRS Form 1040 at the time of initial homestudy or subsequent homestudy.

Placement Fee

$64,999 and below

$13,000

$65,000 - $79,999

$15,000

$80,000 - $99,999

$17,000

$100,000 and above

$19,000

Fees Not Included In Placement Stage

• Medical Expenses For Child -Varies

Stage 4

Post Placement

Services

• Provide support to adoptive parents and/or child

• Identify resources for adoptive family and birth parent(s)

Fees Due in Stage 4

Five Post-Placement Visits ($400 per visit) -  $2,000

Due when child is placed with adoptive family. One-half post placement fee due for each additional child placed at the same time. If additional visits are required, the adoptive parent(s) will be billed at $400 per visit.

Fees Not Included In This Stage

Adoption attorney fees - Varies

FEES NOT INCLUDED IN ANY STAGE OF THE TRADITIONAL DOMESTIC PROGRAM

• Travel surcharge for each home visit - 50¢ per mile

• Fingerprinting fees (each adult, age 18 & over in the home) - $56 each

• Express Mailing Fees - Varies

• File retrieval - Current rate applies

See service agreement for refund conditions.

Download printable version for signing here (PDF).

International Adoption

For country-specific parent eligibility requirements and fees for international adoption, please see Holt International’s parent eligibility and fees.

While your initial contact will be with Holt International, you will soon be working with a local Holt-Sunny Ridge social worker to complete your adoption.

Identified Adoption Fees

We are open and transparent about our fees and want you to be aware of all potential costs involved in an adoption.

Holt-Sunny Ridge provides services to both adoptive parent(s) and birth parent(s) who have established a match without the assistance of Holt-Sunny Ridge. Counseling services are provided to birth parent(s) to ensure all of their options have been explored.

Stage 1

Application, Initial Homestudy, or Subsequent Homestudy

Services

• Interest Form interview

• Review of application

• Homestudy*

• Ensure state requirements are met

Fees Due in Stage 1

Application fee (non-refundable) - $300

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge with application. Applicable to both first and subsequent adoptions.

Initial homestudy fee - $2,900

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy

Subsequent homestudy fee - $2,900

If first adoption is within 3 years of the subsequent adoption, a 30% discount will be applied.

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

* An updated homestudy is required if significant events occur prior to the placement of a child, such as a move and/or a change in household composition.

Homestudy update fee - $500

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

Stage 2

Birth Parent Services

Services

• Assessment of birth parent(s) needs

• Provide individual and/or group counseling to birth parent(s) and immediate family

• Identification of resources for birth parent(s)

• Coordination and payment of birth parent expenses

• Development of openness plan between the birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) for before and after placement

• Coordination of birth/hospital plan

• Support to birth parent(s) before, during, and after birth, including on-call services by agency

• Review of adoption paperwork and process

Fees Due in Stage 2

Birthparent(s) Service Fee - $5,000

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge at first meeting between birth parent(s) and birth parent(s)’ caseworker.

Fees Not Included In This Stage

Birth parent(s) expenses - Varies

To be determined after the assessment of birth parent(s) needs.

Stage 3

Placement/Post Placement

Services

• Support to adoptive parent(s) before, during, and after birth, including on-call services by agency

• Coordination of child’s placement in adoptive family’s home or interim care home

• Five post-placement visits and reports

• Preparation of adoption court documents

• Identification of post-placement resources for adoptive parent(s)

Fees Due in Stage 3

Placement Fee - $7,000

Due when child is placed with adoptive family. One-half placement fee due for each additional child placed at the same time.

Post Placement Fee (Five visits at $400 per visit) - $2,000

Due when child is placed with adoptive family. One-half post placement fee due for each additional child placed at the same time. If additional visits are required, the adoptive parent(s) will be billed at $400 per visit.

Fees Not Included In Placement/Post Placement Stage

Medical Expenses For Child - Varies

Court Report - $250

FEES NOT INCLUDED IN ANY STAGE OF THE IDENTIFIED DOMESTIC ADOPTION PROGRAM

• Travel surcharge for each home visit - 50¢ per mile

• Fingerprinting fees (each adult, age 18 and over, in the home) - $56 each

• Express mailing fees - Varies

• File retrieval - current rate applies

• Attorney fees - Varies

• Adoption preparation training required for all adoptive parents - $400+

Various training options are available. Payment is made to training vendors.

See service agreement for refund conditions.

Download printable version for signing here (PDF).

Interstate Adoption Fees

Holt-Sunny Ridge provides services to adoptive parents who desire to adopt a child out-of-state through the Interstate Compact program (ICPC).

We are open and transparent about our fees and want you to be aware of all potential costs involved in an adoption.

Stage 1

Application, Initial Homestudy, or Subsequent Homestudy

Services

• Orientation

• Interest form interview

• Review of application

• Homestudy*

• Ensure state requirements are met

• Explore option of adoption consultant** and provide referrals, if requested by adoptive parent/s

• Support and coordination through the ICPC process, including on-call services by the agency

Fees due in stage 1

Application fee (non-refundable) - $300

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge with application. Applicable to both first and subsequent adoptions.

Initial homestudy fee - $2,900

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of study.

Interstate support and coordination fee - $1,500

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge when homestudy is finalized. Applicable to both first and subsequent adoptions.

Subsequent homestudy fee - $2,900

If first adoption is within 3 years of the subsequent adoption, a 30% discount will be applied.

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

* An updated homestudy is required if significant events occur prior to the placement of a child, such as a move and/or a change in household composition.

Homestudy update fee - $500

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

Fees Not Included In This Stage

Adoption preparation training required for all adoptive parents - $400+

Various training options available and payment made to training vendors.

Stage 2

Post-placement

Services

• Up to four post-placement visits

• Post-placement reports completed and sent to the placing agency/ICPC in the state where child was born

• Court report and legal paperwork

• Identify resources for adoptive family

Fees due prior to first post-placement visit:

Four Post-Placement Visits - $1,600

If additional visits are required, the adoptive parent/s will be billed at $400 per visit.

Fees not included in this stage:

Adoption attorney fees - varies

Court report and coordination of finalization (if applicable) - $250

FEES NOT INCLUDED IN ANY STAGE OF THE TRADITIONAL DOMESTIC PROGRAM

• Travel surcharge for each home visit - 50¢ per mile

• Fingerprinting fees (each adult, age 18 & over in the home) - $56.25 each

• Express mailing fees - varies

• File retrieval - current rate applies

See service agreement for refund conditions.

**Adoption consultant connects the adoptive parent/s with different out-of-state agencies, who provide services to birth parent/s planning to place their child for adoption. The adoption consultant does not provide services to birth parent/s in Illinois and does not advertise in Illinois.

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Embryo Adoption Fees

We are open and transparent about our fees and want you to be aware of all potential costs involved in an adoption.

SERVICES

• Orientation

• Interest form interview

• Review of Application

• Homestudy*

• Provide resources for embryo adoption training

• Support and coordination through the embryo adoption process

Fees

Application fee (non-refundable) - $300

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge with application. Applicable to both first and subsequent adoptions.

Initial homestudy fee -$2,900

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

Subsequent homestudy fee - $2,900

If first adoption is within 3 years of the subsequent adoption, a 30% discount will be applied.

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

* An updated homestudy is required if significant events occur prior to the placement of a child, such as a move and/or a change in household composition.

Homestudy update fee - $500

Payment due to Holt-Sunny Ridge prior to first session of homestudy.

FEES NOT INCLUDED

• Travel surcharge for each home visit - 50¢ per mile

• Fingerprinting fees (each adult, age 18 & over in the home) - $56 each

• Express mailing fees - Varies

• File retrieval - current rate applies

• Attorney fees - Varies

Download printable version for signing here (PDF).

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