Costs rise on Chinese adoption

The Press – 27 January 2009

Infertile couples desperate to adopt a Chinese baby face three-year waits and almost double the administration fee, pushing total costs up to about $30,000 a child. Child, Youth and Family (CYF) director of adoption and international services Paula Attrill said that from this month the fee charged by the Chinese government adoption agency rose from $5000 to $9000. The agency cited rising costs in caring for the children before their adoption, she said.

CYF manages formal adoption programmes with seven countries, including China, Chile, Lithuania and Thailand. Each country set its own administration fee. The largest number of CYF-arranged adoptions are from China. More than 350 foreign children are adopted every year by New Zealanders.