I am responding to misleading comments made about adoption in Nancy Garland’s Jan. 6 article on in-vitro fertilization. The article said that “in vitro fertilization is fairly economical compared with adoption.” It was also noted that “adoption … can range upward of $30,000, especially for children from foreign countries.”
In truth, the average cost to adopt an American Caucasian, healthy newborn is in the range of $10,000 to $15,000 with the typical wait being two years (international adoptions average $20,000). With adoption, most costs are not paid until your child has been placed with you; IVF, with only a 20 to 25 percent success rate, has no such guarantee. For each successful IVF patient, there are three others who remain childless and often have no savings left. It is ironic that the implication of the article is that infertile couples should pursue IVF rather than adoption as a way to save money. You will find that most parents by adoption say just the opposite.
There are many children in need of loving homes and adoption is a wonderful way to build a family. Adopting a child makes him or her just as much “your own” as any biological child could be, and the physical and financial costs are lower than risky infertility treatments. It is also far less expensive to raise one child by adoption than to raise triplets produced by IVF. Kris Anne S. Landry Brewer