The information provided below is designed to help. Please click on each of the categories to learn more.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
Madeleine Krebs, LCSW-C, Clinical Director
3919 National Drive #200
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Counseling Associates of Aermiocoam
501 Goodlette Road North
Naples, FL 34102
Deborah A. Harrison, Ph.D.
Barbara Leah, Psy.D.
Tina (Kaestner)Jules, Psy.D.
Rosemary McCullough, Ph.D.
Mary Cown, Psy.D.
Parker Mott, Psy.D.
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
International Adoption Clinic
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital
Creating A Family
874 Lambs Creek Road
Brevard, NC 28712
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
4900 Tuttle Crossing Boulevard
Dublin, OH 43016
Evan B Donaldson Adoption Institute
120 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate
418 W. Platt Street, Suite B
Tampa, Florida 33606
Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
The Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) provides a credentialed presence in the law of family formation and is the largest professional organization of its type. AAAA and its attorneys are dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption and ART law, advocating for laws and policies to protect the best interests of children, the legal status of families formed through adoption and ART, and the rights of all interested parties including birth parents, adoptive parents, surrogates, donors, and intended parents.
AAAA includes 470 attorneys, law professors, and judges who are recognized as Fellows and have extensive experience in the practice of adoption law, ART law, or both. Located around the world – including the United States, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Israel, and the United Kingdom – Fellows of AAAA are considered legal thought leaders and are a highly-vetted, experienced group.
Your Adoption Finance Coach
Heart of Adoptions partners with the Adoption Finance Coaching Program to assist our families in finding the financial resources they need to complete their adoption. Experienced finance coaches assist families in grants, loans, fundraising, budgeting and more. Click here to access the Adoption Finance Coaching Portal
The Orphan Foundation
The Orphan Foundation provides financial support and information to adopting families, as well as services to institutionalized orphans around the world. They currently provide grants of $1,250 to families who have successfully completed their home study, and who can demonstrate to the foundation’s Board of Directors that a grant will make the pivotal difference in families ability to adopt a child. Visit www.theorphanfoundation.org for more information.
Affording Adoption Foundation
The Affording Adoption Foundation raises money and makes grants to Adoptive Parents in financial need at the completion phase of the adoption process. Visit http://www.affordingadoption.com for more information.
A Brother’s Love
A Brother’s Love is dedicated to helping Christian families overcome the financial barriers associated with international adoption. Visit A Brother’s Love Adoption Grant Fund or email [email protected] for more information.
Help Us Adopt
Helpusadopt.org is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals – regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability – with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses. Visit Helpusadopt.org for more information.
Grant for Adoption or Fertility Treatment
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (TQCF) is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility. Please visit the Cade Foundation’s (www.cadefoundation.org) grant page for more information about grants which provide up to $10,000 per family for adoption or fertility treatment. Grants are awarded twice per year and the number of applications funded as well as the amount of funding depends on the success of the Cade Foundation’s fundraising activities (i.e. the more we raise, the more we can give away). To date, 46 families have been funded. For more information please visit the website.
Jaya Laxmi Co.
Jaya Laxmi Co. is a fundraising organization that works to raise funds for people wanting to adopt. There are no up-front fees and they only accept prospective adoptive parents who have already passed a Home Study, and have affiliated with a legitimate Adoption Entity. Visit www.jayalaxmi.net for more information.
Gift of Adoption Fund
Gift of Adoption provides adoption assistance grants of up to $15,000 to complete the adoptions of vulnerable children from the U.S. and around the world. Gift of Adoption is the largest provider of adoption grants on a nondiscriminatory basis (without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or marital status). Grants are awarded to help complete domestic, international, foster care, and relative adoptions. Visit their website at www.giftofadoption.org for more information or call 877-905-2367 or E-mail: [email protected].
National Adoption Foundation (NAF)
NAF provides adoption assistance for prospective or adoptive parents by proving financial support, information and services and specializes in helping adoptive parents with the costs associated with adopting and raising a child. They provide grants and loans to help fund legal or adoption fees, educational expenses, or the day-to-day costs of raising a family. Visit their website at www.nafadopt.org or call 800-258-4207 for more information.
The National Adoption Foundation, in conjunction with a leading national banking institution, is now pleased to bring to the adoption community an innovative financial loan program tailored to the needs of our community. This program is set up to provide anyone looking to adopt with the necessary financial resources to complete their adoption. Go to our site www.fundyouradoption.org for more details. Brief highlights of this loan program are as follows:
- Provides unsecured loans
- In amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000
- At competitive interest rates
- With quick turnaround – most within 48 hours
Most importantly, the program is set up to lend to all credit worthy borrowers by finding a loan level appropriate to their income level and credit scores. The goal being not to turn away creditworthy borrowers.
So, for example, should someone apply for, but not qualify for their initial requested $50,000 loan, they will not be rejected outright. Instead, the bank’s loan program will attempt to find a lesser amount more appropriate for them. This loan program will be beneficial to the entire adoptive community. Without question, by providing borrowers with the needed financial resources a greater number of adoptions can be completed successfully.
Fifth Third Bank—Naples, Florida
There is a new financing program offered by Fifth Third Bank in Naples, Florida, which is meant to help families more easily afford adoption. The program offers families who are looking to adopt a home equity credit line or installment loan to help cover their expenses. Adoptive parents can be approved for a credit line that will allow them to borrow up to 100 percent of the value of their home, minus the amount of their mortgage. Payments need only be made on the money used, and there is an option of making interest- only payments. Checks are issued along with a Mastercard that enables the borrower to access their credit whenever needed, and one can take up to 20 years to pay back the principal amount. Please call them at 239-530-1460 for more information.
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option, is an all-around guide to the financial aspects of adoption. Visit their web site at: http://nefe.org/tabid/193/Default.aspx?search=adoption
A Child Waits Foundation
A Child Waits Foundation provides grants up to $7,000 for both domestic and international adoption. We also have an international adoption loan program, with loans up to $10,000 at a 3% fixed interest rate. We accept applications without regard to race, age, ethnicity, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We welcome applications from singles and heterosexual or same-sex couples adopting domestically or internationally. We can be reached during the week at 866-999-2445, by email at [email protected], or on the web at www.achildwaits.org. A Child Waits Foundation is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization.
If you are an active-duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you may be eligible for a $2,000 per child military subsidy. Check with your base commander for more information.
Employee Benefit Programs
Many private and governmental employers offer adoption assistance and benefits. These might include financial reimbursement, paid and unpaid leave and resource and referral services. Please inquire with your Human Resources or benefits department.
Family Medical Leave Act
After you adopt, what about job security while staying home with your new child? The Family Medical Leave Act may provide the benefits you need. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is a federal law that requires employers of more than 50 workers to give full-time employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child. One must have been employed for at least 12 months and worked at least 1250 hours during the previous 12 months. Your employer may have more generous benefits, but this offers minimum protection.
An Internet service that allows you to pay for adoption expenses and fees with your credit card. See www.paypal.com.
God’s Grace Adoption Ministry
God’s Grace Adoption Ministry is a non-profit organization helping adoptive parents overcome the financial burden of adopting children. It is not an adoption agency, but rather works in cooperation with the agency to assist the family with their financial needs. Depending on the individual family needs, financial assistance is available in the form of grants and interest free loans. Call 209- 572-4539 or visit their website at www.ggam.org.
Adoption Tax Credits
The IRS released Revenue Procedure 2019-44 (a link is here: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-19-44.pdf ) listing the Adoption Tax Credit adjusted numbers for 2020. The maximum amount allowed is set at $14,300 per child for 2020 (it was $14,080 in 2019). The tax credit starts to phase out for families with modified adjusted gross income in excess of $214,520, and is completely phased out for families with modified adjusted gross income of $254,520 or more.
Lifesong for Orphans helps Christian families remove the financial roadblock to adoption by offering matching grants, which encourage the adopting couple’s church family to financially and prayerfully support the adoption. They also offer interest-free loans. Visit their website at: www.lifesongfororphans.org for more information.
SowingRoots exists to love and care for orphans worldwide. SowingRoots’ goal is to minimize the financial burden that adoptive families face through merit based grants. SowingRoots also desires to physically and financially support orphans globally through faith based service, work and gifts. Visit their website at http://www.sowingroots.org/
FirstAgain.com provides loans to cover the cost of adoption at low interest rates for families with good credit. The application process is simple and fast. Visit their website at www.FirstAgain.com for more information.
Chase New Additions
Chase has partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to help adoptive families finance adoption. The Chase New Additions program is a home equity line of credit specifically designed to assist prospective adoptive families and offers low rates, generous credit lines, and payment flexibility. For more information visit www.chase.com/NewAdditions or call 1-866-345-7687.
Sacred Selections mission is to financially assist Christian couples whose hearts and homes are open to loving and raising a child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Sacred Selections is committed to providing the financial means of bringing together the need for and the longing to give love, through the process of adoption. For more information call (916) 770- 0336 or visit www.sacredselections.org.
Americas Christian CU
ACCU provides financial solutions to individuals and ministries that empower them to reach their financial goals while expanding God’s Kingdom. Every dollar entrusted to us gets reinvested to build churches, fund ministry, and serve members. Find out how banking with ACCU supports the ministry.
AdoptTogether “Fundraising Grant”
Check out the AdoptTogether Fundraising grant. Families can create a profile on AdoptTogether’s website (all profiles are reviewed for eligibility), and family and friends can donate to your adoption through this tax-deductible organization. Money donated is awarded to adoptive families as a grant.. Learn more at https://www.adopttogether.org/
The Buscher Foundation
The Buescher Foundation was established in 2014 by adoptive parents James and Krishtian Buescher who experienced adoption first hand. The Buescher Foundation is committed to providing the support and resources to families going through the adoption process domestically. Grants are assessed on a quarterly basis each year. http://www.TheBuescherFoundation.org/
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc. is a 501c3 private operating foundation formed in 2007to help children become part of “forever” families. After seeing the high cost of adoption and the many perspective adoptive couples discouraged from adopting because of those costs we felt compelled to do something. We knew that we didn’t have the resources to help people in the way they needed so we chose to enlist the help of both supporters of HANDinHAND and the family and friends of adoptive couples. We understand that not everyone is called by God to adopt but we are all called to care for the orphan. We believe we are to fulfill that calling by using our God given resources to financially help those who have been called to adopt. Our individual resources are limited, but together, each one doing our part, we can make a huge impact in helping children become part of “forever” families. http://www.handinhandadopt.org/
Family Formation Charitable Trust
The mission of the American Academy of Adoption Attorney Family Formation Charitable Trust is to provide financial assistance to those individuals and nonprofit organizations seeking to build families through adoption and assisted reproductive technology. The Trust is supported through a variety of fund raising efforts, including personal contributions of Fellows of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys, personal contributions of personal donors, corporate giving, grants, educational programs, and through charitable events. http://www.adoptionattorneys.org/aaaa/charitable-trust
The Tim Tebow Foundation
From the website: This foundation and all of our outreach initiatives were primarily created to show God’s love to children around the world.
The Next Family
Creating a family is expensive, and for same-sex couples even more so, which is why Men Having Babies was formed. They saw that gay male couples or individuals who wanted to have children struggle significantly in terms of raising the finances to have a child. Men Having Babies found that gay men spent over $110K on their parenting journey, so in response, they decided to create an organization to support gay men financially toward becoming parents.
JSC Foundation began as a private foundation in the fall of 2000 when one couple realized the financial chasm that must be crossed when families so desperately want to bring an orphan home through adoption. The financial hurdles are often the only obstacle preventing a couple from making that decision to adopt and seeing their dream become a reality.
At JSC Foundation, our hope is to assist Christian couples for which the cost of adoption is a hardship. We are pleased to be able to partner with some of these families as they step out in faith by following the call, allowing one more orphan to come home to their forever family!
Cards For A Cause Fundraiser:
Offers boxed sets of 30 beautifully embellished handcrafted cards with matching envelopes to help organizations and individual families reach their fundraising goal. Each box is $30 and the family/organization would receive over 40% in sales to benefit their cause. Literacy for a Lifetime 50% Matching Grant: Offers a 50% return on donated or raised funds for free books for families/organizations. www.AisForAlligator.com
Adopt a Love Story
We empower families to overcome the financial obstacles to adoption by providing them with the tools and platform they need to raise funds for their adoption.
Bills Tax Services Adoption Tax Credit Specialist
Enrolled agents and tax credit specialists. Tax accounting firm that has been in business since 1977 and has been blessed by adoption. Our burden is to help as many adoptive families and agencies understand how the Adoption Tax Credit can help.
Angels in Disguise
Angels in Disguise is committed to creating a world where individuals with Down Syndrome are embraced and empowered. Find out more about their grants: https://www.angelsindisguise.net/
Fund Your Adoption
A comparison guide of types of adoption to help you decide what is best for you. https://www.bankrate.com/personal-finance/smart-money/how-much-does-it-cost-to-adopt-a-baby/
There are a number of loans that are available specifically for adoption. Below are links to many of these. We encourage adoptive families to educate themselves on all of the available financing options and to decide what best meets your family’s needs.
Interest Free Interest Free
3-year repayment schedule
“Covenant Agreement” (90% collection)
Perpetual Loan Cycle
A Child Waits
5% Perpetual Loan Cycle
LifeSong for Orphans
Perpetual Loan Cycle (97% collection)
Pathways for Little Feet
Perpetual Loan Cycle
Seecass Hope for Adoption Foundation Grant
The Seecaas Hope for Adoption Foundation’s financial grant program strives to help families/individuals with the cost of their adoption by awarding grants in varying amounts. All applicants are welcome to apply, but due to limited funding, we cannot award grants to every qualified applicant.