During my major procrastination efforts the other day, I got caught up on filing away some of our recent adoption paperwork. I also worked on paying bills, and a thought came to mind. I hadn’t recently tallied up our adoption expenses, and I was curious to see where we stood. We use software to track our money/accounts, and I had been tagging each expense along the way, so it was easy for me to just press a button and have the total come up.
After letting out a bit of a gasp (from seeing the grand total – it was higher than I had expected), I was a bit surprised to realize that we’re actually halfway through our adoption expenses. I double-checked the amounts we’ll owe at referral, and, if we exclude travel costs (airfare will be huge), we really are halfway there. I guess that’s a good thing, although it’s sort of crazy to look at all of the money we’ve spent. Adoption is simply an expensive endeavor. There’s no way to get around that!
I’m not going to talk dollar amounts here, because I really don’t want to focus on money here on the blog, but if anyone is interested in having a conversation about the cost of adoption and wants to know more about our expenses, I would be happy to talk with you individually. The bottom line is that adoption involves a tremendous amount of services – home studies, education, inspections, government processing, court costs, care for the child (food, clothing, shelter, medical care), and so on. It just adds up.
I guess this is one time where it’s good that we have a long wait ahead of us, because our bank account will have some time to recover before the other half is due. Unlike this first half, which was paid out in bits and pieces over the past 8 months or so, the last part will be due all at once, when we accept our referral.
We’re not complaining, although it does get a little overwhelming at times, wondering where that money is going to come from. But we already know, of course, that every single penny will be so worth it in the end.