It is illegal to sell a human being in the United States. However, adoption agencies can charge a number of fees. A surrogate mother can demand the adopting family pay her medical bills, and compensate her for her loss of physical mobility or for her genetic material.
An adoption may involve paying a number of fees, and the total cost of an adoption could range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The adoption may also be completely free, depending on the circumstance. The total cost of adoption fees depends upon the age of the child, the type of adoption pursued, and which agency facilitates the adoption. The total cost of adoption includes legal fees, a charge for using the adoption service and medical expenses. If a surrogate mother is used, she may need to be compensated for a loss of workdays, and likely requires a fee for hospital expenses in addition to the child's medical bills.
For those who wish to purchase genetic material and plan to carry the child, this can also be a costly endeavor. Although no adoption agency need be contacted, there are still legal fees and other expenses to be considered. Female eggs can be expensive, and although male genetic material is cheaper, sperm banks do charge service fees as well as a charge for the genetic material itself. Insemination costs an additional fee. The implantation of an embryo is costly, and so is hormone treatment for those using their own eggs.