Adoption Prepartion

  • Adopt Profiles (www.adoptprofiles.com) Interview yourself on video for birthparents to see.  It's the new "Dear Birthparent" letter. To view an example video, click here.

Adoption Foundations, Grants, and Other Programs

  • ABBA Fund (www.abbafund.org) This organization provides interest free loans and grants for qualifying adopting families.
  • A Child Waits (www.achildwaits.org) This organization provides loans up to $10,000 for one child. They are interested in assisting families who can financially support a child and repay the loan, but who do not have the current funds to adopt. 1136 Barker Rd., Pittsfield, MA 01201. (866)999-02445
  • Advanced Patient Financing (www.advancedpatient.com/adoptionloans.html) Originally financed medical bills and have subsequently branched out into adoption. Contact: JayGreenberg (800)672-8690
  • The Boatner Family Foundation A small foundation which provides grants from $1,000 to $10,000. Requirement include an agency approval, a financial statement, and a formal application. For more information, contact: The Boatner Foundation, P.O. Box 132272, The Woodlands, Texas 77393-2272
  • Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption (www.davethomasfoundation.org/Adoption-Resources/Adoption-Links) Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children waiting in North America's foster care systems. Created by Wendy's founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation works to fulfill its mission by implementing result-driven national signature programs, awareness initiatives and advocacy efforts. As the only foundation dedicated exclusively to foster care adoption, we are driven by Dave's simple value: "Do what's best for the child."
  • God’s Grace Adoption Ministry (www.ggam.org) A non-profit organization that helps Christian adoptive parents overcome the financial obstacles of adopting children. Assistance is available in the form of grants based on financial needs, and also interest free loans. God’s Grace Adoption Ministry, P.O. Box 4, Modesto, CA 95353 or email: info@ggam.org
  • His Kids, Too! (www.hiskidstoo.org) His Kids, Too! provides financial assistance to those adopting international through a select group of agencies. His Kids, Too! provides an adoption grant of up to $2,000 for one child, and up to $4,000 for 2 children. Grants are paid directly to the agency or facilitation service. (For independent adoptions, grants are approved on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Indiana Department of Child Services (www.in.gov/dcs/2730.htm)
  • International Care, Inc. (www.intlcare.org) Mission is to provide a way for international orphans to be adopted by loving families. Grants of up to $10,000 awarded to families adopting international orphans. Provides items for families to sell (cookbooks, audio CDs, t-shirts, polo shirts, etc.)
  • National Adoption Foundation (www.fundyouradoption.org) This organization awards grants four times a year and has no income requirements. The grants range in amount from $500 to $4,000. This foundation also has a loan program. Provides unsecured loans available for adoption- related costs. (888)627-8767
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children (www.nacac.org) NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children in foster care and those with special needs.
  • Show Hope (www.showhope.org) Show Hope is a non-profit organization that mobilizes individuals and communities to care for orphans and provide waiting children with families by giving grants to those adopting.
  • Tomorrow Is a Gift (www.angelfire.com/journal/adoptionhelp/1ADOPTIONAPPLICATIONS.html)

Tax Credits

Fundraising Ideas for Families

  • How one family raised $25,000 for their adoption: suggestions and what worked best
  • Send letters to family, friends, and business acquaintances asking for donations for your adoption expenses. Provide address of agency so gifts can be anonymous.
  • Tell everyone you know what you are doing. Start a money jug.
  • Have a big garage sale with donated items. Ask a local business or your church if you can hold it in their parking lot. Find a good location!
  • Host a dinner, have entertainment, and charge admission. Sell hotdogs and drinks at Home Depot or Lowes. Work at a sporting event concession—requires a non-profit status.
  • Mow lawns.
  • Have a carnival for kids. Some ideas: cupcake walk, bingo, popcorn or sodas, face painting booth, basketball throw, picture made with a clown, etc. Craft sale.
  • Bake sale. Get friends or family to donate baked goods.

Orphan Care and Adoption Publications

Adoption Information