To the editor:

While the decision to adopt a child is one of the most joyful and rewarding a family can make, it may also be one of the most expensive. For most domestic infant or intercountry adoptions the cost is typically between $10,000 and $40,000. Adoption from foster care is more affordable upfront, but children adopted from foster care often have significant special needs that often require added expenses--such as educational supports or mental health or behavioral health services--for years to come. The adoption tax credit, currently about $14,440, goes a long way to support parents who want to be a family to children who can’t remain with her birth parents.