Adoption agency fees can be as little as $5,000 or as high as $40,000, depending upon the services offered. For instance, it may cost less to find your own birth mother and have the agency handle just the legal work,â€ says Kimberly King, adoptive family coordinator for Lifetime Adoption Center (www.lifetimeadoption.com), a national adoption facilitator. This option was chosen by YamilÃ©e Emmanuel-Kelly and Errol Kelly. The couple, who have been married for 18 years, desired a family. After several years of trying for a baby, they decided to adopt directly from a birth mother, with the help of a lawyer and social worker. YamilÃ©e, who had been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, was determined to have the family they always dreamed of.
“We wanted two kids, a boy and a girl. And I was going to find a way to make it happen,â€ says YamilÃ©e, 42, a high school social studies teacher.
The Kellys sought guidance from Parents Adoption Lifeline, a Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based adoption support group. Errol, a 44-year-old IT professional for a local university, had a co-worker who told him about a support group for people who had adopted, those interested in adoption, and those going through the process. In February 2001, a few days after joining the group, the couple received a call from a social worker, saying a young mother was interested in placing her child for adoption. Much to their dismay, the birth mother changed her mind a few weeks later, shortly after giving birth. Then, in April 2001, another opportunity arose. YamilÃ©e and Errol received a call from their lawyer and were matched with a birth mother who was due in August.
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