What costs are involved in adoption?

Posted on: 23 April 2017

As part of the official checks, you will need to undertake and pay for a police background check through the Data and Barring Service (DBS). The DBS fee is £46.50 (in 2017) per person paid by you. And also provide and pay for a medical examination report.

If you have lived abroad for any length of time and require an equivalent DBS check for that country, you will have to pay for that yourselves.

If you decide to adopt from overseas you will need to go to a specialist adoption agency who will charge for assessment plus all the costs incurred in travelling to and from the country of choice.

The only other costs are the normal costs of bringing up a family.