If you are looking to adopt a child, there is a great amount of support offered to assist with adoption. And adopting children can be an expensive process. The cheapest option is to adopt an older child through a county foster system. This usually costs around $2,000 or can also be provided at no cost. Domestic and international adoptions for newborn children generally costs $10,000 to $15,000 with total expenses that can be as high as $30,000 to $40,000.
But there is help available. This help comes from a mix of sources including your state governments, private foundations and faith-based ministries. Each of the organizations found here support prospective parents with the adoption process. Many offer grants that pay for the associated costs and legal expenses that place a child in your home.
This organization helps Christian Families adopt in two ways. It offers interest-free loans that will cover around a third of the cost of an adoption, usually between $6,000 and $7,000. It also provides a fundraising service to partner with potential parents to raise adoption funding through social networking and exposure through the ABBA website.
Adoption Assistance by State
Each state handles adoption support differently. To make sense of the process, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families provides this online Child Welfare Information Gateway. Select your state to find answers to 13 commonly asked questions about adoption or select the question to see how each varies from state to state. Most states offer some sort of financial support for adopting a special needs child. This amount is usually between $400 and $2,000 per child depending on what state you live in.
This foundation’s primary mission is to overcome infertility. Cade offers Family Building Grants of up to $10,000 to be used for either adoption expenses or payment for infertility treatments. Application opens in January and are due by June 1. Money not used by the end of the year is refunded to the foundation.
Christian Advocates for Adoption
While it does not offer grants, CAFA will work with you in marketing your own fund-raising effort. They provide marketing materials you can use to canvas your local community. Any additional funds raised over your goal will go to continue the work of the organization.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The foundation supports the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids program with grants that fund the efforts of non-profit organizations that place foster kids into adopting homes. Current grantees receive $25,000 to $100,000 in grant funding each. It also publishes and distributes an adoption guide for those interested in looking into adoption. You can download a free digital copy of several adoption resources on the foundation website.
This grant program is only available inside Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. It helps with international adoptions and those in the United States for minority infants only. Prospective parents must have their home study in place to apply. Download their grant application on the organization website.
Gift of Adoption Fund
This foundation was started in 1996 with a single goal of helping others adopt children. Families struggling with adoption expenses can apply for grants that pay generally pay around $3,500. The fund does not accept applications from people just starting an adoption or those that already have a finalized adoption in place.
God’s Grace Adoption Ministry
This California faith-based non-profit organization provides matching grants for adoption expenses. They offer assistance to two parent families and prefer placing children into Christian households. The grant offered is for $2,500, but participating families in the program must raise an additional $2,500 independently through community fundraising to receive the grant.
Heart for the Fatherless Ministry
This is a Christian ministry based out of Calvary Chapel in Kennewick, WA. It supports Christian families in its local area with small adoptive family financial assistance grants. Usually these are $500 to $1,500 in size, but are only available when the ministry has funding.
Help Us Adopt
This is a non-profit organization based in New York that provides grants to those adopting a child. Grants are available up to $15,000 and can be used for domestic, international, foster care and special needs adoptions. Applicants must live in the United States, have a licensed adoption agency or attorney and can not be involved in infertility treatments while attempting to adopt. Priority is given to prospective parents pursuing their first adoption and to those who have already had at least one failed adoption attempt.
Jewish Child Care Association
Jewish families living in New York and New Jersey looking to adopt a child from China can apply for adoption grants offered by the JCCA through the Amertz Adoption Program. This organization also provides reduced fees for home study and post placement adoption costs to Jewish and interfaith families for domestic and international adoptions.
Lifesong for Orphans
Lifesong is a Christian Ministry that supports programs for Orphans in Bolivia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Liberia, Ukraine, Zambia and the United States. It offers a matching grants program that will match any funding raised through the adopting family’s home church up to $1,000 – $4,000. It also offers interest-free loans to adopting couples through its Lifesong Legacy Fund. To apply you must first have your home study accomplished.