Adoptive Parent Requirements

EVOLVE does not have any specific requirements for families in this program but some agencies that we collaborate with have restrictions around age, marital status, income, and criminal background.

Program Requirements

Families in this program are required to be open to semi or full openness with birth parents and are required to be open to children of either sex. Families in this program may state their preference for the race of the child, but if they are open to parenting a multiracial child, they must be prepared to parent the child’s full identity. Having a preference may result in a longer wait.

Children Available

  • Newborn female and male children
  • Children of all races/ ethnicities
  • Children exposed to substance use prenatally
  • Children with a family history of mental health diagnoses

Program Fees

DescriptionFee
Application
This fee covers reviewing and processing of the application and telephone intake interview. 
*This non-refundable fee is due with the application.
$500
Adoption Study (MN Residents/ WI Residents)
This fee may include costs associated with the following services: adoption training and education, assistance with state mandated paperwork, background checks, file checks, home visit, meetings with Social Worker,  adoption study report preparation and review, state, federal and international licensing, administrative services and overhead, counseling and support, and communications and publications. 
Reduced fees for the following situations:
·       $2,000 Minnesota families who have previously adopted through Crossroads/HOPE/EVOLVE.
·       $2,600 Wisconsin families who have previously adopted through Crossroads/HOPE/EVOLVE.
*This fee is due upon application approval.
*Due prior to beginning adoption study process. 50% of this fee is refundable if family discontinues process prior to third adoption study meeting with social worker. Once the third meeting has occurred this fee is non-refundable.
$3,000 (MN residents) / $3,600 (WI residents)
Program $35,000 – 56,000
National Infant Program
Clients adopting a child located in the United States.  This fee includes assistance with family profile book, ongoing support and guidance by our staff throughout child finding, counseling at time of match, connecting with child source agency or attorney on your behalf, and ICPC (Interstate Compact on Placement of Children) services.
*This non-refundable fee is due when your adoption study is complete.
$5,000
National Agency Services*
This estimated fee varies greatly and is dependent on the agency providing birth parent services.  This fee will be paid directly to the agency that is providing the placement – not to EVOLVE.  This range includes agency fee, legal fees, and birthparent living and medical expenses, in accordance with state statutes.
*This fee is due as determined by the National Agency that is matching you to a child and that agency will determine if any portion of this fee is or is not refundable.
$30,000 – $51,000
Post Placement
This fee includes up to three home visits with a Social Worker after placement, establishing a permanent child file, filing the report to court, assistance with filing or finalizing the adoption, as well as assistance with adjustment and attachment after the placement.  It also covers tracking and processing of the required reports for each state/agency.
Additional fees that may apply:
·      $  200 PER ADDITIONAL CHILD – In the case of more than one child being placed in the adoptive home at the same time, this one-time fee for each additional child will be assessed.  
·      $  350 PER ADDITIONAL REPORT – This fee will be assessed for each additional visit and/or report beyond the three covered in the post placement/post adoption fee.  Wisconsin requires monthly post placement visits until the adoption is finalized.
*These fees are due at time of placement.
$1,800
Total Fees
Current fees will be charged at the time of service.
Fees are estimates only and are subject to change.
$40,300 – 61,900

*These fees are paid to the other agency and typically cover agency services, birth parent expenses, and legal fees. They vary depending on which agency provides placement and most commonly fall in the $35,000-$40,000 range. Fees are subject to change.

*Fees dependent on state of residence.

MISCELLANEOUS FEES

The following is a list of miscellaneous fees that may or may not apply to your process.

Out of Metro Fee  This fee is only applicable to clients living more than 75 miles (one way) from the EVOLVE office closest to your home.  Clients who live more than 150 round trip miles will incur a flat fee for each home visit,  as follows: Area 1: 151 to 200 round trip miles = $125.00 Area 2:  201 to 300 round trip miles = $180.00 Area 3:  301+ round trip miles = $250.00 The out of metro fee is required for each home visit during the adoption process.  This may include the initial adoption study visit, home visit to update the adoption study, if required, and post-placement home visit(s).  The mileage will be calculated based on Mapquest or similar routing calculator.      *This non-refundable fee is due prior to each home visit and is non-refundable after visit occurs.$           
Expedited Services  Special circumstances which require expedited adoption study service. Must be matched or have an identified child, with qualifying circumstances such as imminent birth/placement, health status of child, age of child that may impact adoptability, etc. Must be discussed with and approved by the Program Manager.  *This non-refundable fee is due with the application.$750
Adoption Study Update  – with visit  Adoption studies are valid for 12 months. A home visit is required annually as part of the adoption study update.  An adoption study must be updated annually until a child is placed in the client’s home and/or finalization has occurred in local court. This fee is also assessed when an in-person visit is required for a change of circumstance adoption study update (i.e. change of residence, program, addition of household members, new legal infractions such as arrest, child abuse, substance use or domestic violence, etc.). *This fee is due at the time of adoption study update and is non-refundable.$850
Adoption Study Update – without visitThis fee is assessed for clients in process who have experienced a change of circumstances that warrants an adoption study update (i.e. change of child characteristics and approval language, job change, for USCIS, etc.) for which an in-person visit is not required. *This fee is due at the time of adoption study update and is non-refundable.$550
Reactivation Fee – Adoption Study CompleteClients who discontinue their adoption process after completing an adoption study but before placement may choose to reactivate their adoption process within 12 month of file closing. This fee includes an adoption study update and administrative fees associated with reopening the file.  EVOLVE Program fees previously paid will be honored if reactivating within 12 months of file closing.  You will need to sign a new contract and understanding of current fees at time of reactivation. *This non-refundable fee is due at time of case reactivation.$850               
Reactivation Fee – Adoption Study NOT CompleteClients who discontinue their adoption prior to completing an adoption study must pay the adoption study fee that is in effect at the time of reactivation. You will need to sign a new contract and understanding of current fees at time of reactivation, however, the application fee will be waived if reapplying within 12 months of file closing. *This non-refundable fee is due at time of case reactivation.Refer to current adoption study fee
Bridge Care ServicesApplicable to domestic adoptions, if needed, Bridge Care is used prior to adoptive placement.  Includes administrative costs and care of the child.  Fee assessed per calendar day that a child is in Bridge Care.  *This non-refundable fee is due at time of adoptive placement when the birth parent has received services through our agency.$50 per day
Third Party ExpensesMay include, but are not limited, to the following: Birth/marriage/divorce/death certificates and records ($10-$200) Adam Walsh Background Clearances/Fingerprints ($120) per person Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, social service, police or other background checks ($5-$100) Retrieval of medical and psychological records ($25-$50) Physical exams (Additional evaluations may be needed if you have a history of medical/mental health issues) Local court filing fee to obtain US adoption decree and amended birth certificate ($400-$600) Wisconsin state adoption study/child referral review $75, and/or foreign adoption bond $100See list

Timelines

  • Approved Adoption Study Report – 3-6 months
  • Profile sent to Placement –  Average 9 months
  • Travel – Around time of birth
  • Stay In State – Average. 6 days

Traveling to State of Child’s Birth

Adoptive parents will travel to the state of the child’s birth. The stay will be 3 – 14 days (average is 6 days). Families usually stay in a hotel until they have received approval from EVOLVE to travel home with their child. Families usually have physical custody of their child during their entire stay.

Finalizing

Families need to finalize within a certain time frame (varies by state). Finalization may occur in the state where the adoptive parents reside, or families may be required to return to the child’s state of birth to finalize.

Progress Reporting

Each agency/state has its own set of required progress reports. Typically 2 to 6 visits and reports are required after returning home with your child.

Dual Infant Program

Families in this program will be entered jointly into the EVOLVE Infant Program and the National Infant Program for a fee of $7,500. Participants already enrolled in one program may later enroll in the second program if space is available. The fee to enter the second program is $3,000.

How To Apply

Families will be required to complete an information session prior to applying to our adoption programs. The information session is the first step of the adoption process at EVOLVE Family Services. Within an information session you will learn more about and have an opportunity to ask questions about EVOLVE as a whole, EVOLVE’s adoption specific programs, an overview of the adoption process, what you can expect during and throughout the process, expectations of adoptive parents, trends in adoption, etc. An application will be provided to a family once an information session has been completed.