When it comes to the cost of adoption, most of us could use a little, or a lot, of financial help. Adoption grants proved to be a great assistance for us. Honestly, it probably made the difference in us being able to adopt.
Three organizations offer grants that helped us the most and are still the top grants I recommend to families pursuing adoption. Although we adopted domestically, these organizations also offer grants for International adoption as well.
I’ll go into more detail and link to my favorite grants below.
Before we dive in, please keep in mind that organizations that offer grants have limited funds. Not everyone who applies for a grant will receive one. Even if you do not receive the grant you apply for, don’t get discouraged. There are other grants as well as many other ways to fund an adoption. You can find more ideas on my site.
Also, if you are going to take the time to apply for a grant, take your time and do exactly as directed by the grant organization. Failing to complete the application in the way they ask or leaving out requested documents and information can disqualify you altogether.
But, don’t let this scare you! It’s just a matter of breathing through it and following directions.
Another important thing to note is that most organizations that offer grants require that you have a completed and approved home study or home study update before applying for financial assistance.
However, I started researching grants well before we were at that point and it helped tremendously once we were ready to apply.
If you do receive a grant, the funds are typically payable to the recipient’s licensed adoption agency or lawyer for outstanding or future expenses. Many times, the funds are sent directly to the agency.
Now, let’s dive into more details on my favorite adoption grants!
The Show Hope grant is near and dear to my heart! The founder of this grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, is the reason I became so interested in adoption. After attending one of his concerts where he highlighted adoption, I just knew it was how we would build our family.
With Show Hope, there are six application deadlines throughout the year:
Feb 28th, April 30th, June 30th, Aug 31st, Oct 31st, Dec 31st
According to their site, “Your application is complete after you successfully submit your application and all references and documents are submitted. Your application date is the day your complete application is submitted to Show Hope. If a portion of your application or references is not complete, you will be moved to the next deadline.”
You will receive notification of the outcome of your application by mail. Processing the application takes a minimum of 90 days after the application deadline.
Show Hope grants average $5,000
I still remember getting that letter in the mail saying we were selected for a grant from Show Hope. It was such an awesome moment and a great demonstration of God’s provision in our choice to follow His calling to adopt.
Check out more details and learn more about this grant here: https://showhope.org/our-work/adoption-aid/apply-for-a-grant/
Gift of Adoption is another great grant option that worked out well for us.
According to their site, “Gift of Adoption is the largest provider of adoption assistance grants awarded without regard to race, religion, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded monthly to qualified applicants to remove prohibitive financial barriers and make possible the adoptions of some of the most vulnerable children in the U.S. and around the world. There is no application deadline. Families are invited to apply anytime after completing their home study and before finalization.”
Adoption assistance grants from Gift of Adoption range from $1,000 to $10,000 while the average grant award is $3,500.
Learn more about this grant here: https://giftofadoption.org/apply-for-a-grant/
This organization award grants four times a year in February, May, August, and November. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by the date indicated to be considered for that cycle.
According to the site, they award a total of $100,000 per grant cycle. Each Grant award is between $500 – $15,000. “The amount awarded is determined based on the amount requested and demonstrated need. The amount requested will not affect the decision to award a grant.”
We received a smaller grant from this organization, but it was still a tremendous help! Any amount that you can receive through a grant is money that you do not have to pay back so it is well worth taking the time to apply if you are in a position of financial need.
Learn more here: https://www.helpusadopt.org/apply
Although these are my three favorite grant options, don’t limit yourself to only these. By doing a little online research you may find some incredible grants that we missed. But, if you are in a financial situation that makes the cost of adoption prohibitive, which most people that adopt are, apply for grants! Aside from a little time, you have absolutely nothing to lose and so much to gain.
Always feel free to email me and let me know if you’ve decided to pursue adoption. I would love to pray for you through your journey!
For more ideas on raising funds for your adoption, check out this post: 3 Ways to Make Adoption Affordable