This is a difficult question to answer, yet understandably a crucial one. Adopting parents will typically pay for their own attorney fees, birth parent legal fees, counseling fees, and some pregnancy-related medical and living expenses.  Birth parents generally are unable to pay these costs.  In addition, the adoptive parents must pay for a homestudy and may incur expenses in their search for birthparents. These expenses will of course vary from case to case.  It's important to work with an adoption attorney who knows what expenses are legally permissible. We assist you in arriving at a budget and making sure that all expenses are properly paid with accurate records.