Both domestic and international adoption can be quite expensive. At the time we adopted back in the early 2000’s, resources—or at least information about finding resources—were scarce. Now, however, the good news is that there is a lot of information out there now at your fingertips and plenty of grants and loans available (and if you are having trouble with these, sites like GoFundMe can help with fundraising efforts).
With so many funding sources available now for so many diverse families and a variety of circumstances, the question “Do I qualify for adoption grants?” does not have an easy, one-size-fits-all answer.
But take heart!
What seems like daunting news is also the good news: With a little bit of research (well, okay, maybe a lot of research), chances are that you can find a grant that is well suited to your situation. You must apply to more than one to increase your chances of receiving money, and you need to remember that these grants will be extremely competitive, so spend as much time learning how to expertly craft a grant application as you do researching them.
It is important to note that qualifying for any funding source, including grants, can depend on the organization offering the assistance as much as the family applying. For example, there are Jewish and Christian foundations offering loans and grants, military funding for active-duty armed forces, families adopting special needs children, or children less likely to be adopted, such as older kids, and many more, each having its own set of criteria to qualify families for financing. Adoption.com provides several resources regarding adoption financial aid including loans, grants, and tax credits. You can find more info here.
Most of all, be persistent and consistent. Keep your eye on the prize, and don’t give up! For writers, a golden rule is to steer clear of clichés, but in the case of adoption, one cliché really does hold true (and my family is living proof of that): Where there’s a will, there is a way.
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