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Fund-raisers help couples cover high adoption fees

May. 14, 2006 12:00 AM

Stories by Lisa Nicita Photos by Pat Shannahan

Most couples awaiting the arrival of a child adjust their budgets for endless packages of diapers, the perfect car-seat-and-stroller combo, and irresistible outfits their kids will hate them for years later. Some start socking money away in a college or wedding fund.

But for Suzanne Hanson, all that stuff is an afterthought. Her worry is how to come up with the $20,000 it will cost her just to become a mom, something she and her husband have dreamed of for years....

Adoption's price tag

The cost of adoption varies drastically, though many international adoptions and domestic private adoptions can cost as much as $30,000....

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