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While costs vary widely from attorney to attorney and from area to area, I would suggest that this is a very high figure, especially when the attorney wants to charge separately for each child in a process that is no different whether it's one child or two. You might consider checking with a few other attorneys in the area. You may find attorneys willing to do it for much less.
Alternatively, you might consider handling the matter on your own. You can go to your local clerk of court and ask if they have template documents for a termination of parental rights and subsequent step-parent adoption. The clerk quite likely has all the forms you would need to complete the process on your own. While it would certainly be easier if you hired an attorney, you could save thousands of dollars in doing it on your own.
Either way, I would suggest that you have a greater likelihood of success if you do both the termination of parental rights and the adoption at the same time. When you move to terminate a parent's rights, the state wants an adoption to occur along with it. The reason is that the termination creates a situation where only one person is legally responsible for the child. The adoption cures this problem by putting a second person in place of the previous parent.
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