The agency through which Jeff and Liza are adopting is America World Adoption Association (AWAA).  To see a detailed report of the costs associated with adopting internationally:

Go HERE to see the costs for Ethiopia – average cost for one child is between $28,424 – $38,274.

Go HERE to see the costs for Haiti – average cost for one child is between $25,539 – $38,989.

Why so much, everyone asks?  Consider the cost of your own biological children – what would pay to ensure they had the highest possible care, love, and attention while out of your arms?  To what lengths would you go to ensure their safety and well-being?  Here is a sample schedule (sample schedule taken from AWAA Ethiopia Costs, updated 4/26/12):

APPLICATION & DOSSIER BUILDING
Application Fee: $300
1st Installment of Program Fee: $2,500
Home Study (varies by state:) $1,200 – $2,500
Additional Home Study Documentation Prep. Fee (varies by process): $0 – $100
Home Study Visit Travel Fees (could include mileage, etc. based on current federal mileage rates): $0 – $200
Adoptive Parent Training (2 adults): $200
Documents/Background Checks/Miscellaneous (varies by state and number of states previously lived in): $100 – $1,000
USCIS Fee & Update Fee + Fingerprinting: $890
Notarization, Certification & Authentication (varies by state): $400

DOSSIER SUBMISSION & WAITING
Courier Service: $150
2nd Installment of Program Fee: $2,000
Post Adoption Report Deposit (fully refundable if all post-adoption reports are returned on time): $1,000
Dossier Service & Translation: $800
1/2 International Program Fee (1 child): $4,500

REFERRAL & TRAVEL
International Specialist Consultation (varies by specialist): $100 – $400
3rd Installment of Program Fee: $1,500
Post Adoption Administrative Fee: $750
1/2 International Program Fee (1 child): $4,500
Trip 1 – Airfare (2 adults; prices will vary by season and location): $2,400 – $4,000
Trip 1 – In-Country Travel Package (2 adults): $1,400 – $2,500
Trip 1 – Visas (2 adults): $40
Trip 2 – Airfare (2 adults; prices will vary by season and location): $2,400 – $4,000
Trip 2 – Airfare (1 child; prices will vary by season, location and ticket – ie: lap pass or child seat): $250 – $1,000
Trip 2 – In-Country Travel Package (2 adults): $1,000 – $2,000
Trip 2 – Visas (2 adults): $40
Visa/Embassy Fee (1 child): $404

POST ADOPTION
Post Adoption Visits (varies by state): $600 – $1,300
Post Adoption Visit Travel Fees (varies by state and location from social worker): $0 – $300
Post Adoption Report Refund (refunded in installments as, and only if, each report is returned on time): ($1,000)

TOTAL: $28,424 – $38,274

OPTIONAL EXPENSES
Re-Adoption (highly recommended; state dependent; required if only one parent travels): $50 – $1,500