Adoption Grants may be a resource worth looking into for financial assistance in helping defer expensive adoption costs. They can help when you have tried every possible infertility treatment with no positive results and now you have decided to adopt but your monetary resources are depleted. In general, adoptive families do not have to pay back any funds that are received from a grant program.
Prospective parents applying to a particular grant program must usually meet certain criteria established by that association. Although each organization has its own grant requirements, there are some common stipulations that many programs might consider when reviewing a grant request. Often when an application is submitted, grant programs may check to make sure that you really need financial aid. They may determine whether or not you have first exhausted your own assets.
Next they might try to ascertain if you are earnest in your desire to go ahead and complete the adoption process. Some require that the home study has been approved at the outset before they will consider issuing the grant. Every organization handles awarding of adoption grants in their own way. Some have a set amount per child.
Others consider the special needs of the adoption, such as a medical problem, age of the child or if a sibling is also being adopted. Some hold special dollar matching campaigns. This is where you may be asked to send out a special mailing soliciting your family, friends, fellow employees, or church members to contribute to your adoption fund and the organization will then match these contributions dollar for dollar up to a specific amount. Still others allot grant money to individual children in need of adoption to raise interest in adopting these particular children. You may feel awkward at having to make a request for financial assistance.
However, understand that there is no reason to feel any embarrassment at having to ask for aid from groups willing to help alleviate the burden of adoption costs. Even though you are doing this to relieve some of the costs for yourself, you are ultimately attempting to do something wonderful for a child in need. This is the most important thing to realize! Consult your church to see if they may have an adoption grant or know of a trustworthy organization that does. Also, you can locate many good grant programs by doing a simple search on the Internet. However, realize that there are many adoption scams out there, so make sure you do thorough research on any organization you may choose to apply to for a grant.
When looking for adoption grants remember to leave no stone unturned. It can mean all the difference between empty arms or holding a child more precious than gold.
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