For more than a century, St. Mary’s Services has helped to build loving families. As a nonprofit agency, we rely on charitable contributions and fundraising to make our adoptions more affordable. The costs of serving our families through education, counseling and maternity assistance are greater than the fees collected. Please review the following summary and feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Adoption Fees

Domestic Adoption Program

  • Adoption Application: $400
  • Home Study: $3000
  • Program Fee: $8,500
  • Placement (includes 4 post-placement visits): $19,500

Home Study Only Program

  • Adoption Application: $400
  • Home Study: $3,000
  • Interstate Compact and Agency Consultation / Paperwork Fee: $1,500
  • Post Placement Monthly Supervision Fee: $325 per visit*

*number of placements varies upon which state finalization occurs.

**All fees are revised as of March 15, 2017 and are subject to change. Learn more about St. Mary’s refund policy.


Adoptive parents might be eligible for a tax credit. Please consult your tax adviser and visit the Internal Revenue Service web site, for further information.

Go to St. Mary’s Services Adoption Information Links for information on financial assistance for adoptive families.

St. Mary’s Services is an Illinois, licensed, nonprofit adoption agency. We are committed to providing professional, knowledgeable services. DCFS License #040234

Due to the ERISA Act of 1974, the adoptive family or their medical insurance will be responsible for any and all of the child’s medical bills incurred from the birth of the child.

Other Fees Of Adoption

St. Mary’s Services provides clients with referrals to experienced adoption attorneys. Legal fees are paid directly to the attorney. Legal fees are in addition to any adoption fees incurred at St. Mary’s Services.

“We are forever grateful to St. Mary’s for being there for us every step of the way through our journey to our amazing family!”

– Lisa & Lou, St. Mary’s Adoptive Family

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