Gift of Adoption is the largest provider of adoption assistance grants awarded without regard to race, religion, age, marital status, or sexual orientation. Grants of up to $15,000 are awarded monthly to qualified applicants to remove prohibitive financial barriers and make possible the adoptions of some of the most vulnerable children in the U.S. and around the world. There is no application deadline. Families are invited to apply anytime after completing their home study and before finalization.
Gift of Adoption provides grants to complete both domestic and international adoptions. Any U.S. citizen who has an approved adoption home study from a Hague accredited agency (if international adoption) or licensed social worker (if domestic adoption) is eligible to apply.
Financial need, perseverance, and imminence of the adoption must be demonstrated.
Gift of Adoption considers the totality of circumstances when reviewing grant applications. While not limited to these categories, Gift of Adoption’s greatest funding priorities encompass:
For domestic adoptions, the priority is to award grants that:
- Help keep children who are in or at risk of entering the foster care system from entering the foster care system (this includes relative and kinship adoptions).
- Unite biological siblings or prevent them from being separated.
For international adoptions, the priority is to award grants that:
- Unite or preserve biological siblings.
- Prevent a child from ‘aging-out’ of the orphanage system.
- Prevent special needs children from becoming institutionalized.
- Facilitate the placement of a child with a life-threatening medical condition who will not receive proper care until adopted.
How it Works
Adoption Assistance Grant Application Process
Step One: Fill out the form to download our adoption assistance grant application and then complete and sign it.
Step Two: Submit each of the following items to the Gift of Adoption Fund:
- Completed and signed adoption assistance grant application packet
- Copy of your most recent income tax return
- Copy of recent (two months) check stubs for all reported income earners. Please note if you are self employed you must provide the last two months of your business/personal bank account statements to show proof of income.
- Copy of your approved and current home study [Note: If your state laws prevent your home study from being released to you or a third party (e.g. Colorado), you must provide a statement signed by your agency confirming that you have a successful home study on file and that you have been approved to adopt the child with whom you are matched.]
- Two (2) letters of reference – most applicants will make copies of the letters of reference that were used to obtain their home study.
- Check or Money Order payable to Gift of Adoption Fund in the amount of $50
The non-refundable processing fee of $50 is a one-time application fee required to process your adoption assistance grant application; it entitles you to submit your case for review up to three times (qualification requirements apply for all three submissions).
Step Three: Grant applications must be mailed to:
Gift of Adoption Fund
Attn Application Processing
P.O. Box 567
Techny, IL 60082
Please note: Adoption assistance grant applications are not accepted electronically. The grant application process can take up to 60 days.
Resources: Just getting started in the adoption process and not sure where to start? We recommend these four informative sites: