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    http://www.fox5ny.com/news/132120854-story

    There's no excuse for that. None.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Get The Show On The Road View Post
    http://www.fox5ny.com/news/132120854-story

    There's no excuse for that. None.
    Agree - total bullshit.

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    That was a depressing read.


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    When life gives you lemons...

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    Is this sort of cost typical? You'd think we'd want this sort of thing to be as cheap and easy possible.

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    Gotta make sure the prospective parents will love the child cause love=$.
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    My my friends had to go through so much to adopt the one kid. Friend of a niece too who got preggers and didn't want to abort. So they offered to take the kid and wow was it a hassle. Plus they had to sink like 5000 in home improvements because their code wasn't up to safety standards the agency required. Then legal fees. Then the guy who knocked up the girl was threatening her if she gave the kid up. Like in month 8. There were a ton of legal fees. This girl from maybe month 3 was perfectly fine with them adopting too.

    I understand an agency doesn't want to treat kids like puppies during Christmas. In a few months nobody wants them and they get sent to the shelter. I get that and there should be something in place to make it where people are not making a rash decision. Like maybe a year worth of community service? Shows commitment right? Maybe spend a year in Big Brother or Sister? I don't know but something to where a person has to earn the respect but not be broke.

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    If you look around, those in the know say adoption can cost up to $40,000, and $18,000 in just legal fees isn't unheard of.

    Figures I saw said $2,500-$12,000 in legal fees and $500-$2,000 in court document preparation and $1,000-$3,000 for a certified or licensed social worker to do a home study if it isn't included in the costs of an adoption agency.

    Add up the high end just in that list and you get $17,000, so yeah.

    Also, is there anything more heartbreaking than a kid running a lemonade stand to help pay for his adoption? I wanted to read more thorough articles. The WaPo one had me weeping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    If you look around, those in the know say adoption can cost up to $40,000, and $18,000 in just legal fees isn't unheard of.

    Figures I saw said $2,500-$12,000 in legal fees and $500-$2,000 in court document preparation and $1,000-$3,000 for a certified or licensed social worker to do a home study if it isn't included in the costs of an adoption agency.

    Add up the high end just in that list and you get $17,000, so yeah.

    Also, is there anything more heartbreaking than a kid running a lemonade stand to help pay for his adoption? I wanted to read more thorough articles. The WaPo one had me weeping.
    I understand not wanting to just give a kid to anyone. Hell, there's a lot of kids who are with their birth parents that would probably be better off in a different family.

    But the fact that this kid is running a lemonade stand and having to go to "crowdfunding" or whatever is bullshit.

    Most families cannot afford that kind of money. It should not cost 1,000 to 3,000 for a social worker to do a home study - I could go into someone's home and it would take me less than a day to determine whether they were fit to have children or not.

    And let's not kid ourselves - most people that are going to voluntarily seek to adopt a child are not going to harm the kid. Is there a small chance of that? Sure. There's a small chance of almost anything. But that small chance doesn't justify this type of cost.

    It's more government bullshit.
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    And for some families, money is not the object, it's the pain in the ass factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    And for some families, money is not the object, it's the pain in the ass factor.
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