About Us

Our Mission

Welcome to Gift of Adoption. Our mission is to provide adoption assistance grants to complete the adoptions of children in vulnerable circumstances—giving them permanent families and a chance to thrive.

Our Story

Because they were blessed with the resources to afford the financial burden of three adoptions, Lucy and Gene decided to pay it forward. So in 1996, with the sole purpose of helping children get adopted, the Wyka’s establish a private family giving foundation: The Gift of Adoption Fund.

“We couldn’t help but notice how so many other hopeful parents were not as fortunate as us financially,” noted Lucy and Gene.

“Yet it quickly became obvious that under the existing private fund structure, we would only be able to scratch the surface in terms of providing financial assistance to those longing to adopt,” added Lucy.

To strengthen their vision, Lucy and Gene changed the legal status of the fund from a private to a public charity. This allowed affiliate organizations – chapters – to then be formed. Functioning as fundraising partners, these chapters share the Gift of Adoption Fund’s non-profit 501(c) 3 status while rallying local efforts across the country.

Find out more about The Gift of Adoption Fund and how you can get involved on a national or local level. Or if you have any questions or comments, please contact the national office. We’d love to hear from you.

Toll Free Phone#: (877) 905-2367

Fax#: (847) 205-2925

E-mail: info@giftofadoption.org

Gift of Adoption Fund
1200 Shermer Road, Suite 111
Northbrook, IL 60062

Frequently Asked Questions
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Corporate Sponsors

Horizon Therapeutics
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Networked Insights, a division of American Family Insurance
Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors
Alvarez & Marsal Capital
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
Madison Dearborn Partners
ITW – Illinois Tool Works
Capital Point Financial Group
BMO Wealth Management
Jones Day
Plante Moran
William Blair
Ernst & Young
ValueAct Capital
Sayre & Jones Auctioneers LTD.
Four Seasons
John & Carol Walter Family Foundation
Northern Trust
U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management
Melissa and Tim Wichman
Aldine Capital Partners
CapX Partners
First Business Financial Services, Inc
Marquette Associates
MB Financial
Mesirow Financial
Wirtz Corporation