- agency fee
- adoption fee
- travel fees
- passport fees
- Immigration fees
- home study
- a donation to the orphanage
- medical fees, etc.
- fuel for vehicles–it felt as though we drove hundreds of miles a day to collect info
- phone expenses
- requesting documents and papers from friends and family
- ordering birth certificates (for every person in the family–no copies allowed)
- ordering marriage certificates (we had to have several originals–no copies allowed)
- copying papers–sometimes we walked out of the copy center with well over 300 pages to sort
- shipping costs that felt never-ending
- Towards the end of the process, we were required to overnight any and all documents and papers and there were several different mailings and changes that were needed. Overnight shipping adds up fast.
- Last minute pictures. We needed passport pictures, not for our passports but for the orphanage liaison meeting us at the airport. And pictures of our house! For some reason, everyone needed pictures of our house!
- Taking little gifts for the staff and other children in the orphanage was appreciated and expected. We certainly didn’t want to show up empty-handed.
- While we were in India, we would also need funds to pay for travel within the country, meals, gratuities, etc.
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