Texas Grants for Adoption

By Kristie Brown

For Texans hoping to grow their families through adoption, the process can be an exciting but financially stressful one. Obtaining an adoption grant helps defray some of the adoption costs, which can range from $2,500 to more than $30,000. Essentially, grants are monetary assistance that don't require re-payment. Applying for a grant requires a time investment, but the work can be worth the effort. Multiple organizations provide qualifying Texans with grants for legal adoptions from accredited agencies.

Boatner Family Foundation

The Boatner Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization that offers grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The foundation requires an application, a financial statement and adoption agency approval.

The Boatner Family Foundation P.O. Box 132272 The Woodlands, TX 77393-2272

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers reimbursements of up to $1,500 for one-time fees related to the processing or completion of a legal adoption. These fees can include adoption costs, attorney fees, court costs and child-placement agency fees.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 701 W. 51st Street Austin, TX 78751 512-919-7965 dfps.state.tx.us

Gift of Adoption Fund

The Gift of Adoption Fund awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500. Applicants should be U.S. citizens with an up-to-date and approved home study from an accredited adoption agency. Awards are granted based primarily on financial need and immediacy of adoption. As of 2010, the application fee is $40.

Gift of Adoption Fund P.O. Box 567 2001 Waukegan Road, 5th Floor Techny, IL 60082 877-905-2367 giftofadoption.org

A Child Waits

The grant program for A Child Waits Foundation is designed to offer assistance to a person or family interested in adopting older or special-needs children placed in an international orphanage. Awards vary but will not exceed $5,000.

A Child Waits Foundation 1136 Barker Rd Pittsfield, MA 01201 866 999-2445 achildwaits.org

Show Hope

Show Hope considers grant applications for those interested in adopting children in international orphanages or in the U.S. foster system. Grant disbursements vary, and the application can be completed online. Grants are awarded based on the needs of the adopting parent as well as the child's.

Show Hope P.O. Box 647 Franklin, TN 37065 615-550-5600 showhope.org

National Adoption Foundation

Providing needs-based assistance, the National Adoption Foundation grants up to $2,500 for both domestic and international adoption costs. An application with donation is required, and the National Adoption Foundation boards meets quarterly to award grants.

National Adoption Foundation 36 Mill Plain Road Danbury, CT 06811 nafadopt.org

Help Us Adopt

The Help Us Adopt group provides grants ranging from $500 to $15,000 for qualifying individuals or families adopting through legal channels. Grants are awarded in June and December to adopting parents who can prove they can provide a strong home environment and who have a financial need.

Help Us Adopt.org P.O. Box 20435 New York, NY 10021 917-684-5484 Helpusadopt.org

About the Author

Kristie Brown is a publisher, writer and editor. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.