Funding Your Adoption

When I talk to most people, the number one roadblock they see to adoption is MONEY. In reality, how many people have $30,000+ sitting around without a purpose (such as an emergency fund)? Not many. Because I am so involved in the adoption community now, I see family after family after family begin their adoption journey without the necessary funds, and through grants, fundraisers, picking up extra jobs, being extremely careful with their personal spending, etc., they have every single penny they need to bring their children home. One woman wrote me and said...

"There was only one time we doubted [that we would have enough money] near the beginning. We had a payment due and didn't have enough. I started to really doubt. The very next day a check for the EXACT amount we lacked was in our mailbox with a note that said "God prompted me to give you this amount at this time." They had no way of knowing! Totally God. He funds what He favors!!!!!"

We can read story after story in the Bible about how God provided when His people were in need. Why do we believe that He would stand by without blessing us - without helping us - if we follow His command to care for the orphan? When we step out in faith, God provides! Experiencing that first hand has helped me believe it all the more.

When we began our adoption journey, we got out of our contract to buy 4 acres of land and build a house that we had designed ourselves. This gave us $25,000 at the start of our adoption. Ryan's work reimburses $5,000 of adoption expenses, so we asked people to sponsor puzzle pieces in order to raise $5,000. We would then take the reimbursed money from Ryan's work and pay it forward to another adoptive family. In 9 days, our friends, family, and coworkers donated $5,425! It still blows my mind. We can't wait for God to show us where to pay forward that money, as it is still sitting in our adoption savings account just waiting to be given. We also held a garage sale for 3 days with lots of our own items but also dozens and dozens of donations from other families. This sale resulted in just over $1,000. We knew that bringing Tucker home would cost more than $31,000, and just as I was beginning to wonder how we would find the rest of our funds, I got an email from my friend, Lisa, who said that her husband wanted to raise money for our family during his 100 mile race. I was blown away!! Lisa and Andy gave us $6,000 of the donations and then gave $1,000 to five different families who were adopted with the rest of the donations. God provided for our family through a combination of our of own financial decisions and the generosity of so many friends, family members, strangers, and coworkers. When God leads you to it, He will see you through it! To doubt that would make us just like the Israelites doubting God in the wilderness, Sarah and Abraham doubting that God would give them a son, and Gideon doubting that God would use him to defeat the Midianites.

I recently posted in several different adoption Facebook groups asking people to share how they funded their adoptions. I want to share these ideas with you to help you believe that money can't be the reason you don't move forward with adoption. Just click on the links below to learn more.


For families who completed their adoptions in 2013, they might be eligible for the Adoption Tax Credit of a maximum of $12,970. For more information, please view my previous post explaining how this credit works.


Adopt Together - This nonprofit organization allows your family and friends to make tax deductible donations to your family, and then they will match or exceed the amount donated.

Hand in Hand - Tax deductible donations are made to this organization by your family, friends, coworkers, and strangers. Matching grants are then provided to adoptive families.

Lifesong - Matching grants ($1,000-$4,000) are provided to families adopting, and donations made by family, friends, coworkers, and strangers are tax deductible.

JSC Foundation - The amount of money awarded varies and is at the discretion of the foundation. I know one family that was given $10,000 by this incredible organization. Applications are due January 15, March 15, May 15, August 15, and October 15 of each year. Families are notified by the end of the following month.

Show Hope - This organization was founded by Steven and Mary Beth Chapman in honor of their daughter, who they adopted from China, but passed away tragically. The six application due dates are Feb 28th, April 30th, Jun 30th, Aug 31st, Oct 31st, Dec 31st. These grants are $4,000 on average.

Families Outreach - Families must be adopting through a nonprofit agency, have a completed home study, and have endorsement from their pastor.

Global Orphan Foundation - Applications are due June 1st and December 1st. Grants awarded up to $11,000 to aid families with adoption.

NAMB - This organization provides grants to pastors/families in ministry.

Chosen for Life - Their mission is to educate and engage the people of our local churches and communities on ways they can live in obedience to God’s command to visit orphans in their affliction in our neighborhood and around the world. They provide grants to families in the adoption process.

Salvation International - Applications are due April 1st and October 1st. Grants awarded range from $500-$5,000.

Rollstone Foundation - Aids with the adoption of children with special needs (FYI: Tucker is considered special needs). One family reported a grant of $2,000 from this great organization.

ABBA Fund - Your family, friends, coworkers, and strangers can make a tax deductible donation to ABBA fund, and then the money is awarded to your family at the end of your fundraiser.

Affording Adoption Foundation - Many grants are around $1,000.

Brittany's Hope - Families are asked to raise half of the money granted to them.

A Child Waits - Grants up to $5,000 for people pursuing international adoption through a nonprofit agency.

Gift of Adoption Fund - Grants between $1,000-$7,500 for families who have completed their home study.

God's Grace Adoption Ministry - Provides matching grants to families who are Christian, are a two parent family, and make less than $60,000 per year. A typical matching grant is $2,500.

Help Us Adopt - Provides up to $15,000 grants to families adopting. Applications are due in April and October.

Katelyn's Fund - Provides grants for families making less than $100,000 per year.

National Adoption Foundation - Grants range from $500-$2,000.

Parenthood for Me - Grants range from $2,000-$5,000 for families who do NOT have any children.

Sea of Faces - Applications accepted in March, June, September, and December. Their goal is to provide three $1,000-$3,000 grants per quarter.




Pathways for Little Feet

Forever Family Ministries


Check to see if your employer provides a benefit (like Ryan's company) for adoptive families.

Money cannot be the reason that these children stay in orphanages.
Money cannot be the reason children with treatable medical conditions do not survive.
Money cannot be the reason that children do not get to experience the love of a family.
I really hope that this blog gives you hope that grants and loans are available to help families bring these precious children home. My next post will provide fundraising ideas for adoptions!


Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
I started reading your blog a few months before you brought sweet Tucker home. Thank you for writing so honestly about your adoption process. It gives me assurance that ours will have it's ups and downs but will be so worth it! We are also a Lifeline family currently in the home study process :). We will be using these fundraising ideas!
Blessings to you,

Lisa said...

Hi Amy! Thanks for posting all these great resources. We have a little more time now to finish funding our adoption so I'm going to explore some of the grants you listed. Hoping and praying we will travel in April now for a little girl who is very special to us.

Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for posting this.I have ppl saying we cant afford to adoptbut my Saviour says different.God bless you sincerely Dawn Patrick

Penny Rhame said...

This is an awesome blog!

Tara Strutton said...

A friend shared this withe me. She adopted from China. My husband and I are CURRENTLY trying to raise $7, 000 for our calling from God. Our little girl is special needs and she is in an orphanage in Armenia. We were not at all financially ready. BUT God said otherwise. Penelope is her name and she was born at just 29 weeks gestation and only 2 pounds. She has been fighting for her life since her birthday. She is now 18 months and functions like a 6 month old child. I have come to realize that God helped her fight for her tiny life so I could help her fight to get home to us!!!!!! God is good and I know HE will provide. So far we have raised $300 of that $7000. The $7000 will lock her into our family and they will start our official hold. I pray that we are just as blessed as you were by God's amazing grace:)))) For Him we do the work of the orphans:)))

Ashton McBride said...

I needed to read this today, so long after you wrote it. We are currently in the adoption process of a little boy with spina bifida. We are just about 8 weeks away from bringing him home but we still need about $5k. God has provided this entire time and I have faith he will continue to do so!

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