Adoption Grants

Some organizations and adoption agencies offer grants and/or low-interest loans to families who inquire and qualify for their program. Typically, grant programs are for specific children, countries, or other criteria specific to the organization offering the grant. Keep in mind that many other people are applying for the grants as well, so while you may fit all the criteria, you may not receive the grant.

The alluring aspect of adoption grants are the fact that they do not require repayment. While grants rarely cover the total expense of adoption fees, they can make a small dent.

You must be serious about your intent to adopt before most grant organizations will consider you for one of their grants. Therefore, you will want to have a favorable home study completed before you pursue adoption grants. It is not uncommon for the granting organization to require a small application fee, which is often non-refundable.

Researching Grants

When researching grants, be sure to look at the requirements (some are very specific about the religious affiliation or the adoption situation) and especially pay attention to when the organization processes and reviews grant applications. Most, if not all, have deadlines, some only review the applications at certain times of the year. Keep in mind that many grant organizations receive far more applications than they can offer grants, but many families do receive grants so it is worth your time and energy to pursue this option for generating income to fund your adoption related expenses.

Agency Grants

Also, ask your adoption agency about their grant programs. Most larger agencies have some sort of financial aid available.

Granting Organizations

There are many organizations offering grants for international adoptions. The grant organizations listed below offer such services.

Adorable Adoption
Adorable Adoption offers grants for qualified families who are pursuing international adoption with the Yunona adoption agency. Grants are as follows: $2,000 per one child or $4,000 for two children. You must send a letter explaining why adoption is a hardship for you.
Direct inquiries to: Adorable Adoption
Attn: Grant Request
1131 Balboa Street
San Francisco, CA 94118
Phone: 415-305-6381
Fax: 775-258-4149
E-mail: info@adorableadoption.com
Website: http://www.adorableadoption.com/grants.htm

JSW Adoption Foundation
The JSW Adoption Foundation is a private foundation established to assist potential adoptive parents by providing cash grants to subsidize a portion of the adoption expenses. Grants awarded are valued at $2,000 and up. Preference is given to childless applicants and those who are experiencing extraordinary hardship and financial need.
For further information, contact:
JSW Adoption Foundation
127 East Main Street, Suite 5
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-268-1386
Website: http://www.jsw-adoption.org

Christian Adoption Resources
Prospective adoptive couples may apply for a grant after they have an approved home study from a licensed adoption agency. Their adoption agency must provide a letter of recommendation.
For more details, contact:
Christian Adoption Resources Inc
P.O. Box 253
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Phone: 717-492-1868
E-mail: CARIMinistries@aol.com
Website: http://www.christianadoptionresources.org/

Gift of Adoption Fund
Gift of Adoption Fund Applicants must have a completed and approved home study prepared by a qualified agency or professional licensed in the state in which they reside before they can apply for a grant. Applicants are evaluated based on their income, assets, liabilities, earning potential, and other financial resource opportunities. Preference is given to applicants who are experiencing extraordinary financial hardship. Examples of this include adopting a special needs child and/or situational hardship on the part of the parents. Grant amounts vary between $2,000 and $5,000. Grants are awarded monthly.
To learn more, contact:
Gift of Adoption Fund
101 East Pier Street, 1st Floor
Port Washington, WI 53074
Phone: 262-268-1386 or 877-905-2367
Fax: 262-268-1387
E-mail: info@giftofadoption.org
Website: http://www.jsw-adoption.org/

His Kids, Too!
His Kids, Too! Is a Christian nonprofit international humanitarian aide organization that provides aid to orphans and widows in several countries, although their primary focus is Ukraine, Russia, and Albania. For parents adopting international children, His Kids Too! provides an adoption grant of up to $2,000 for one child, and up to $4,000 for two children. Grants are paid directly to the agency or facilitation service.
For more information, contact:
His Kids, Too! PMB # 180, 3491
Thomasville Rd. Tallahassee, FL 32309
E-mail: Hiskidstoo2@aol.com
Website: http://www.hiskidstoo.org

Love Knows No Borders
Love Knows No Borders (LKNB), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in Connecticut by Matthew and Vanessa Donaher to assist U.S. families with the costs associated with international adoption. LKNB embodies the organization's belief that financial concerns need not serve as an obstacle to those individuals and couples willing to open their hearts to a child through adoption.
To obtain an application for financial assistance, please send two self addressed stamped envelopes to:
Love Knows No Borders
76 Grist Mill Rd.
Monroe, CT 06468
Email: VDonaher@loveknowsnoborders.org
Website: http://www.loveknowsnoborders.org

Siblings Adoption Agency
Siblings Adoption offers grants toward international adoption for qualified families. Grants are $2,000 for one child and $4,000 for two children. You must explain in your application why international adoption is a financial hardship for you.
To learn more, contact:
Siblings Adoption
Attn: Grant Request
508 High Point Drive
Golden CO 80403
Phone: 303-216-9009
E-mail: info@siblingsadoption.com
Website: http://www.siblingsadoption.com

The International Adoption Center
The International Adoption Center provides adoption grants to qualifying families. Up to a maximum of $1,000 per couple. A letter stating the nature of the financial need, along with supporting documents, is required for consideration.
Contact:
International Adoption Center
7401 Old York Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone: 215-782-1191
Fax: 215.782.1193
E-mail: info@adopthaw.org
Website: http://www.adoptlaw.org/tiac_htm/7specpro.htm

Source

Strickert, Mary. Guide to International Adoption Originally published by Adoption Media, LLC.