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Odds of getting an Adoption Grant?

Hello all,

We are looking at and We used GoFundMe for some fundraising, but that only helped fund our homestudy (that was at least something!)

What are the odds of getting a grant from It seems that organizations with rolling deadlines would have more aid to give. What about HelpUsAdopt?

We don’t own our home and have student loan debt so can’t take out any additional loans. We have some savings, etc. but that will only fund half of the placement fees.

Our companies do not have adoption benefits either.



So grants differ and the amount and likelihood of funding depends on different things. This may include how pressing the financial need is, and how much effort you are putting in to raising money in other ways (extra work, fund raisers, help from family or friends, cutting family expenses) etc. Note: there was a fantastic list of like 50 (?) ways to raise money in one AFC post several years ago that I’d suggest you search for.

Grant funding may also depend on how closely the child you are hoping to adopt meets the needs of the grant, or how compelling their story is. Generally grants are not helpful for the home study or earlier funding. Thankfully, It sounds like you have a good start there though.

Most grants have information that you can access about the number of applicants and how many people receive funding, as well as other info on the previous grant recipients. You might find some info that way.

I don’t think anyone can tell you what the likelihood of your getting a grant is.All the info above does is give you an idea. I’d say go for it. Apply for all the grants that you and the child you hope to adopt qualify for, while doing all you can to raise and save the money in other ways at the same time. Good luck to you.

Posted by Happy Camper on Dec 17, 2018 at 3:10pm

Are you looking at funding domestic infant adoption?
If so, you should realize that many, if not most, placements are because the parents think they cannot financially provide for a child. And expectant parents decide who they want to be matched with as potential adoptive parents of their child.
Not saying you wouldn’t be great parents, but if you don’t own your own home and are so crippled by student loan debt that you don’t qualify for a loan, from an expectant parent’s point of view, how can they be sure you can provide for the child? What if the child turns out to have expensive medical needs? Educational needs? What if one of you becomes sick yourself? Or loses a job? If you live in a rental home and don’t have any savings left, what would happen to the child if your landlord doubles the rent or for some other reason you have to move?
These are things that expectant parents think about when they are considering surrendering so that their child can have a “better life.” It’s not pretty, but it is something you need to consider if you are thinking about a DIA in the United States.

Posted by NoraT on Dec 24, 2018 at 2:11am

Have you considered adopting thru the foster program?
It is definitely the least costly. Presumably you are a younger couple so time is not an issue for you while money more likely is. Both of these would not be an issue with foster/adopt programs. In some states and some agencies, you can easily transfer a Hague home study to use in the foster adopt program. You’d have to contact DCF in your state to find out what the process would be for you.

Posted by Happy Camper on Jan 02, 2019 at 4:37am

Please don’t go into fostering thinking that’s a way to get yourself a child—or especially the child that isn’t what you had in mind but have to settle for if you want to be a parent—because foster kids are cheaper.
Just please don’t.

Posted by NoraT on Jan 03, 2019 at 1:40am

Sadly people do exist who are forced to adopt out their children due to poverty alone. One hopes that professionals, or really anyone involved help direct them to support or social services so they can keep their children.

In my experience this is not common. Children are put up for adoption for many reasons, include people being unable to parent due to living with abuse, neglect, violence, drug or alcohol addiction, or mental illness. Having no support network or family. Not wanting children, or having the children they want already, or not choosing or being able to parent at the time.

Owning a home has nothing to do with qualifying to adopt. Neither does being wealthy. What does is being capable of managing expenses, including those a child will add, within your income - (even if those include loans) and of course most important is wanting a child and being able to be a good parent.

Posted by Happy Camper on Feb 04, 2019 at 3:48pm

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