10 Adoption Grants To Apply For

Adoption is very expensive, but there are ways to help relieve the financial burden. Adoption grants are definitely worth considering. It takes some time to research and find different options. So I created a list of 10 grants you can apply for!

gift of adoption fund

Gift of Adoption provides grants for both domestic and international adoptions. The grants are awarded monthly, and can be up to $10,000. There are no application deadlines. You can fill out a form online anytime.


  • Application packet completed
  • Tax return
  • Income check stubs
  • Current home study
  • 2 letters of reference
  • $50 fee, this is non-refundable, but can be used to apply up to three times

Visit https://giftofadoption.org/apply-for-a-grant/ for more information.

national adoption foundation

The National Adoption Foundation provides grants for private, agency and international adoptions. Their board meets the last week of each quarter to award grants, so four times a year. The number of grants and the amounts vary.


  • Current home study
  • Working with a licensed adoption agency, the grant money is given directly to your agency to be used as needed
  • Apply on website, you can keep re-applying
  • $15 fee to apply

Visit https://www.fundyouradoption.org/adoption-grants/ for more information.

a child waits foundation

Grants are available for both intentional and domestic adoption. This foundation awards grants to over half of their applicants, and they are awarded on a weekly basis. There is no deadlines to apply, but you can only apply one time. The amounts vary from $1,000-7,000. The grant can be sent directly to the adoptive family, or to the agency they are working with.


  • Current home study
  • Application on website
  • U.S. or Canadian citizen

Visit https://www.achildwaits.org/ for more information.

help us adopt

Help Us Adopt awards grants quarterly, four times a year. Their deadlines are:

  • December 1st
  • March 1st
  • September 1st
  • June 1st

The grants can be used for domestic, international or foster care adoptions. The money can’t be used for travel expenses.


  • Current home study
  • Submit online application
  • U.S. citizen
  • Working with a licensed agency
  • Can’t be pregnant or pursuing infertility treatments

Visit https://www.helpusadopt.org/apply for more information.

Lifesong for orphans

This is a Christian organization. You can only apply one time. They will also help with fundraising, using a crowdfunding page.


  • Current home study
  • Submit online application
  • Letter from church you attend

Visit https://lifesong.org/adoption/apply/ for more information.

Show hope

This is also a Christian organization. They have 6 application deadlines throughout the year. They are:

  • February 28th
  • April 30th
  • June 30th
  • August 31st
  • October 31st
  • December 31st


  • Current home study
  • Working with a licensed agency
  • Submit online application
  • Church information
  • Tax information
  • Net worth/assets
  • Budget information-income & expenses

Visit https://showhope.org/our-work/adoption-aid/apply-for-a-grant/ for more information.

jSC Foundation

This is also a Christian based foundation. There are no deadlines to apply. If you have previously adopted, 2 years must have passed before you can apply for a grant.


  • Current home study
  • Working with a licensed agency
  • Online application
  • Gross income < $120,000
  • Can’t have more than 10 children
  • Married
  • Tax return, last 2 years
  • Complete a family essay/pictures
  • Interview with pastor
  • References

Visit https://www.jscfoundation.org/requirements/ for more information.

Buescher Foundation

The Buescher Foundation has 4 deadlines throughout the year.

  • February 1st
  • May 1st
  • August 1st
  • November 1st

The grant amounts vary, depending on needs/circumstances.


  • Current home study
  • Working with a licensed agency
  • Online application

Visit http://www.thebuescherfoundation.org/application for more information.

Kateyln’s fund

This organization is Christian based. There are no deadlines to apply and they award grants up to $3,000. They do conduct interviews, which are done over Skype if you live far away. Your application must be submitted at least 90 days before adoption travel and your interview completed sometime before as well.


  • Working with licensed agency
  • Online application
  • Christian beliefs
  • Married
  • Tax returns
  • Reference letters
  • Family pictures

Visit https://katelynsfund.org/adoption-grants/ for more information.

mighty families by adoption

This organization provides grants for infant domestic adoptions. They give out two $20,000 grants per year. One in the spring and one in the fall. They only accept 75 applicants each time, so you need to be aware of their deadlines.


  • Current home study
  • Waiting to be or currently matched
  • U.S. citizen
  • < $80,000 gross income
  • Married for at least 1 year
  • Complete online application

Visit http://www.mightyfamiliesbyadoption.com/apply.html for more information.

I hope you found this list helpful! I am also a big advocate of adoption fundraisers. Click the link below for tips on how to plan an adoption fundraiser!

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