Here is some information from our agency's website, specific to the China program.
Please peruse this info.
"Holt International is a non-profit agency serving vulnerable children
around the world. Holt's board of directors mandates that we keep our
adoption fees in the mid to low-mid range, compared with other agencies
of our size and scope. We advise families to budget $30-$32,000 total
for an adoption from China, which includes the adoption trip and all
related adoption expenses between application and placement.
Additionally, all in-country adoption costs, including the $5700
orphanage donation, are included in the China program fee. Holt wires
these funds to China prior to the family's travel. Holt families are not
required to personally make large cash payments while in China. Our
fees are on par with, or less than, many of the leading agencies."
" We always need families for boys! Many children come into institutional
care in China because their birth families cannot pay the fines for
exceeding the family size limit set by the one-child policy. Other
families are unable to afford the cost of medical care needed to treat
their child's medical condition. In the latter case, the number of boys
entering care with special needs is close to the same as girls. And
since adoption from China is now primarily for children with special
needs, the ratio of boys and girls who need families is also close to
50/50. However, more families are requesting to adopt girls than boys,
which means boys often wait longer to have a permanent family. Adoptive
parents who are open to a boy may be matched more quickly than those
preferring a girl."
FEES breakdown: http://www.holtinternational.org/china/fee.php
(**EDIT** There is a new cost layout with an increase in the overall fees, see here http://www.holtinternational.org/adoption/fees.php )
Most adoptions are "special needs", here is a checklist. Do not let it scare you, there are plenty of mama's and dads who are willing to help you through this list: http://www.holtinternational.org/china/pdfs/Medical%20Conditions%20Checklist.pdf
FAQ's page: http://www.holtinternational.org/china/chinafaq.shtml
If you are interested in adopting, please comment and I am happy to help you find the information you need. I do NOT have all the answers, and I do NOT work for an agency. I DO have a huge heart for the orphans, and I love when families grow through adoption of any type.