Some adoption AGENCIES peg their fees to the prospective adoptive parent's income, for example, 10% of their gross income with a minimum fee and a maximum "ceiling" fee.
The purpose of this policy is to enable individuals who are not wealthy to adopt, while people who are more affluent offset the difference with their greater fee. Whether to charge a flat rate fee or a sliding scale fee is left up to the policy of each agency.
Sliding scale fees are lawful in every state but Pennsylvania, whose Supreme Court decided such fees were unlawful in a 1986 court case that equated sliding scale fees with a form of baby selling. The Pennsylvania state legislature subsequently banned sliding scale fees.
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