The Child Welfare Information Gateway from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that the average cost of adopting a child in the United States is between $20,000 and $45,000. This range may cover legal fees, home studies, travel and lodging, court fees, and medical and living expenses for the birth parent.
For many, the costs associated with adopting a child (both in actual costs and time spent) are considerable. To support those in our community considering adoption, we would like to highlight one of our partners – Lucrece Bundy, Adoption Lawyer and Guide and Founder of Adoptions Simplified.
About Lucrece Bundy
Bundy is a West African native residing in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Science from Creighton University in 2007 and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 2013.
In 2016, Bundy launched her practice, Bundy Law, following a passion for helping vulnerable children. Since opening her practice, Bundy has helped over a hundred adoptive families finalize their adoptions – from stepparent adoptions to domestic newborn adoptions, international adoptions, foster care adoptions and kinship adoptions.
About Adoptions Simplified
Through Bundy's practice, she regularly received inquiries from families on the adoption process. Yet, their questions often centered on the process as a whole rather than purely legal queries – causing Bundy to turn some families away who needed support outside of navigating the legal system.
"It was very difficult to have to turn down so many families because they didn't really have anywhere else to go except googling the information. They trusted my extensive experience with adoptions and hoped I could guide them through the process," said Bundy.
Identifying a gap in the market, she launched Adoptions Simplified to offer a holistic and educational solution to navigating the adoption process and the steps required in a more manageable way. Her goal is to support adoptive families start their adoption process quicker while saving money.
Bundy is dedicated to educating adoptive families on what they need to know to start their adoption journey confidently and understand its complexity so they can be as prepared as possible.
Adoptions Simplified Services
One service Bundy offers is her Adoptions Success Accelerator. This program provides a complete 360 blueprint for what is best for each adoptive family and their particular situation. Through the accelerator program, participants learn:
How to identify the ideal adoption type
Pitfalls to avoid and how to vet adoption professionals
How to identify funding techniques
How to avoid costly scams
How to successfully match with birth moms
The post-adoption roadmap
To learn more about Bundy and Adoptions Simplified, we invite you to learn more about her platform here.