These days, adopting a child (especially an infant) can be financially prohibitive. Doctors compare the costs of adopting to the costs of medical treatment during pregnancy, but there are no insurance plans for adoption, so the fees must come out of pocket. If you are considering adoption in your parenting plan, you might want to apply for adoption grants to help offset the costs of making your dream come true.
Most adoption grants are dispersed by organizations benefiting a certain cause, country, child or program. The qualifications are usually stringent, but because there are a good number available, the chances that you might qualify are high. For example, one adoption grant given by Depelchian here in Houston is for parents who are adopting their second child inside the United States.
When applying for adoption grants, the goal is to diversify. You want to increase your chances by applying to as many as you can, as long as you meet the qualifications for entry. Some parents find as many as twenty grants for which they meet the criteria, which can greatly increase the chances of obtaining at least one.
You’ll need to fill out an application for each adoption grant, and many will require that you submit proof that you’ve been cleared by an adoption agency or social worker. This means that you’ve already passed the home study portion of your evaluation, and are waiting for the perfect child to come your way. You might also need to submit proof of identification, financial records and anything else that can improve your chances.
Unfortunately, the waiting period for adoption grants can be quite long, but since most adoptions take more than six months to complete, you should be in the clear. However, you’ll want to start submitting applications as soon as you’ve decided on adoption to make sure you have enough time for the review process. Some grants require that applications be submitted during a certain time of year, so you’ll need to check the guidelines carefully.
The most attractive aspect of adoption grants is that they don’t have to be repaid. You can take out a loan to help supplement the costs association with adoption, but those loans must be paid in full, plus interest. A grant, on the other hand, is money “donated” to the family for a specific purpose, and generally comes with no strings attached.
Keep in mind that you will find adoption grants in some very unlikely places. Religious organizations, for example, often offer these grants as part of their outreach programs. You’ll also find them affiliated with schools, professional organizations, employers, environmental associations and, of course, adoption agencies. Make sure you extend your research net to cover all your bases.
For more information on adoption grants, you can visit Adoption.com or AffordingAdoption.com.