Apply for a Grant

While not solely 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 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:

Additional Questions?

Ready to Begin?

Fill out the form below to download the adoption assistance grant application: