The cost of adoption, which can run between $10,000 and $45,000, according to the Show Hope Foundation, can be a deterrent for many Christian families who would love to open their hearts and homes to a child. While this price tag can certainly be overwhelming, there are many adoption grant programs available to Christian adoptive families.
Lifesong for Orphans
Lifesong for Orphans (lifesongfororphans.org) provides matching grants ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 and interest-free loans of up to $12,000 for Christian adoptive families. Through the matching grant program, adoptive families have the opportunity to double their adoption funding up to the awarded amount. To apply, families must fill out an application detailing their anticipated adoption costs, monthly income and expenses and a personal statement of faith. Families must also provide a copy of their tax returns, home study and a letter of reference from their pastor.
Show Hope (showhope.org) awards grants and provides educational support for Christian adoptive families pre and post adoption. To apply for a grant, families must have a completed home study and be working with a licensed placing agency. In addition to an online application with a detailed breakdown of finances and statement of faith, applicants must provide a copy of their home study, a letter of recommendation from their pastor, a copy of their tax returns and a letter from their placement agency detailing anticipated adoption expenses.
Christian families who earn less than $120,000 per year and have completed and paid for their home-study costs are eligible to apply for a grant from the JSC Foundation (jscfoundation.org). All applicants are required to undergo an interview with their pastor who will submit their answers along with his recommendation to the board for consideration. In addition to the application, families must submit two letters of reference, a letter of request from their agency, and an essay detailing their faith in Jesus Christ along with how God led them to adopt and why they are in need of financial assistance.
Katelyn's Fund (katelynsfund.org) awards grants of up to $3,000 to Christian families demonstrating need of financial assistance. In addition to the application, families must submit a statement of faith, letters of reference, tax documents from the previous two years, a picture of their family and the child they are adopting, and a list of five names and addresses to receive the Katelyn's Fund newsletter. The board of Katelyn's Fund also conducts phone interviews in an effort to learn more about adoptive families.
Families Outreach (familiesoutreach.org) awards grants of $2,000 to Christian families adopting through a licensed agency. Grants are awarded based on the financial need of the family and the needs of the child they are adopting. Families must include a letter of reference from their pastor, salvation and adoption testimonies, tax returns, a family photograph and a copy of their home study in addition to their application.