Adoption Resources

Adoption Links

Signs for Hope is acutely aware of the sensitivity of posting photos and certain information about these precious children. In accordance with that concern we have chosen to direct you to those sites that already have permission for posting this information, instead of running the risk of posting a child’s information improperly.

Rainbowkids.com – This is the largest database listing of deaf/HOH children from multiple adoption agencies.

American World Adoption

Bringing Hope to Children

Adoption.com – Anyone can search on this website for Deaf/HOH children available internationally for adoption. Only fill in the top box Child Type with “All Children” and Keyword “deaf” or “hearing loss”.  Leave the other boxes blank.

Wonderful Waiting Kids – Lifeline Children’s Services’ blog listing for international children “waiting” for their families.  Once you register you can search for “deaf”, “hearing loss” or “microtia.”  There are always multiple deaf/HOH children listed here.

WACAP

Holt International

ADOPTUSKIDS.COM – Signs for Hope has been granted permission to access the “waiting” Deaf/HOH children on the AdoptUSKids website using the criteria “deaf” and “hearing loss” on your behalf. Unless you are already approved to adopt through the US foster care system you cannot register to search with the above criteria. Please contact me for the legally allowed information about these children in the US Foster Care System “waiting” to be adopted. Most of these children have additional “special needs” or are a brother or sister within a hearing sibling group that must be adopted together.


Adoption Funding

Signs for Hope provides this list for your convenience, and not necessarily for endorsement. Adoption Agencies often offer grants/funding for adoptions, as well; especially for a “special needs” adoption.

Grants – monies granted to adopting families, no payback is required. Before paying for a grant application fee, contact the organization and make sure they currently have funds available.

Adoption Loans (some are interest free) – monies are loaned with expected payback.  The Federal Income Tax Credit can be used to pay these loans back.
Fundraising – organizations skilled in fundraising for your adoption costs.

A Charity Project

Simple, easy-to-use website that will allow you to create a fundraiser with a unique website url, share it with friends and track your progress. This is a great way to get your friends, families and inspired strangers involved in your cause.

A Child Waits Foundation
1136 Barker Road
Pittsfield, MA  01201
Email: cnelson@achildwaits.org

A Child Waits Foundation provides low interest loans and grants for families who have exhausted other financial options and could not proceed with their help.

A Child’s Desire
1735 ½  Washington Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Email: grants@achildsdesire.org

A Child’s Desire offers grants to parents adopting hard to place children, special needs children, and children over the age of eight.  Offers adoption grants to nonprofit agencies as well as an adoption fundraising program to adopting families.

The Abba Fund
P.O. Box 78800
Charlotte, NC  28271
Email: Kevin@abbafund.org

The Abba Fund provides financial assistance (interest free loans) for parents who believe that God is calling them to grow their families through adoption and need help with the “cash-flow crunch” posed by adoption expenses.   Also, The Abba Fund helps churches establish adoption funds for those adopting.

Affording Adoption Foundation
PO Box 834
Nixa, MO 65714
Email: info@affordingadoption.com

Millions of orphans. People yearning to bring a child into their home. Financial obstacles. Through fundraising efforts and donor support we help close the gap between families considering bringing a child into their home and the moment a child hears “Welcome Home!”

America’s Christian Credit Union
2100E. Route 66
P.O. Box 5100
Glendora, CA  91740-0808
Email: info@americanssu.com

America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU) offers adoption loans for families who are pursuing international (intercountry) of domestic adoption.  Applicants are required to become members of the credit union and must sign ACCU’s Statement of Faith.  Adoption loans are available up to $50,000 for terms up to 60 months at competitive interest rates.

The Boatner Family Foundation
P.O. Box 132272
The Woodlands, TX  77393-2272

The Boatner Family foundation provides grants from $1,000 up to $10,000. They require an agency approval, a financial statement, and a formal application.

Brittany’s Hope Foundation
1160 North Market Street
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Email: info@brittanyshope.org

Brittany’s Hope Foundation raises funds through adoption grants and works with adoption agencies to lower the cost of adopting special needs children.

Caroline’s Promise
1950 Beeson Road
Kernersville, NC 27284
Email: info@carolinespromise4u.org

Caroline’s Promise provides guidance and assistance to North Carolina and South Carolina Christian couples through the adoption process by providing education, resources, financial assistance (grants)  and prayer support.

Christian Advocates for Adoption, Inc. (CAFA)
P.O. Box 364
Hudsonville, MI 49426-0364
Email: info@cafadopt.org

Funding your adoption through CAFA is not by means of a grant, loan or gift from this ministry, but by inviting others to participate with you financially in this blessed event. Scriptures make it clear that it is more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35) and that when we give and sow we will in turn reap and be blessed (Luke 6:38; Gal. 6:7). By asking for support (fundraising) for your adoption you are opening a door of opportunity to others to participate in the cause of the fatherless.  Working together we want to help you in raising up to one half of the cost of your adoption. Any funds raised beyond the goal will be used to further the ministry of CAFA and to assist other orphans find their place in loving Christian families.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
525 Metro Place North, Suite 220
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Email: info@davethomasfoundation.org

The grant making of Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is limited to programs and projects (including grants) that have significant potential to promote the adoption of foster care children and to streamline the process of foster care adoption in North America.

The Gift of Adoption Fund
P.O. Box 567
Techny, Illinois  60082
Email: grants@giftofadoption.org

Are you struggling to complete the adoption process? Do you need the last bit of funding to bring your child home? Gift of Adoption is here to help you.   Gift of Adoption puts adoption within reach by providing the last necessary funds to qualified families who need financial assistance through adoption grants.

God’s Grace Adoption Ministries
P.O. Box 4
Modesto, CA 95353
Email: info@ggam.org

God’s Grace Adoption Ministry (GGAM) provides assistance to parents to help them overcome the financial burden of adopting children.  GGAM works in cooperation with your adoption agency to assist the family with their financial needs through grants and/or interest free loans.

Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance Inc.

4304 South El Camino St.Z
Taylorsville, Utah 84119
Phone: 801-967-0102
e-mail: goldendawnaa.info@gmail.com

Golden Dawn Adoption Assistance can make grants of no more than $2,000.00. Grants are for agency fees only and will be paid directly to your adoption agency.

Hand in Hand Christian Adoption, Inc.
18318 Mimosa Court
Gardner, KS  66030
Email: handinhandadoption@gmail.com
Phone:  913-248-5015

HANDinHAND Christian Adoption, Inc. is dedicated to helping children become part of “forever” families by partnering with Christian couples to help carry the burden of the cost of adoption through matching grants and the raising of support. We believe we can accomplish this goal by working together with private donors, churches and the family and friends of adoptive couples. We are not an adoption agency and we do not place children with families. We do work with families that have already begun the process of adoption to help make that process more affordable.

His Kids Too!

219 B. Delta Court
Tallahassee, FL  32303
Email: director@hiskidstoo.org

This is a wonderful program designed so that your friends and family can assist you financially with adoption costs. This grant program is set up that donors make tax-deductible donations to His Kids Too! (only donations greater then $25.00 will receive a tax benefit) and then you may apply for a grant for the funds generated by donors. The benefit of this program is that you are in control of your fund raising efforts and donors will have complete confidence that donations will go for their intended purpose, adoption expenses.  This program is for American citizens adopting outside the US.

Help Us Adopt
P.O. Box 20435
New York, NY  10021
Email: info@helpusadopt.org

Helpusadopt.org is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals -regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability- with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses.

Home for Good Foundation
697 E. Intervale Road
Grants Pass, OR  97527-9022
Email: adopt@hfgf.org

Home for Good is involved in the ongoing work of planting adoptions ministries in churches around the world.  These ministries are created to support families raise funds who would like to adopt but are burdened by the cost.

IBSEN Adoption Network
2730 French Road NW
Olympia, WA  98502
Email: ibsenadoptionnetwork@comcast.net

IBSEN is a Christian organization that provides grants up to $1,000 to families adopting waiting children, special needs children or hard to place children.  Currently, this program is open only to residents of Washington State although they hope to offer grants nationally in the future.

JSC Foundation
6037 Owens Street
Arvada, CO 80004
Email: info@JSCFoundation.org

JSC Foundation is an adoption foundation with a heart to see children placed in loving Christian homes. Our desire is to assist families (grant) for whom the cost of adoption is a hardship, preventing them from adopting. We also feel that adoption requires sacrifice on the part of the adoptive family to give them ownership in the process.

Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry
1327 3rd Avenue, SE
Sioux Center, IA  51250
Email: support.siouxfalls@katelysfund.org

The simple definition of Katelyn’s Fund (adoption grant) would be to bring orphan awareness to others, provide emotional and prayer support to families, and assist Christian families with the high costs of adoptions…although the ministry of Katelyn’s Fund is so much more. As we seek to capture the heart of adoption, we are devoted to actively and boldly speak of God’s loving call for us as His adoptive children.

Lifesong for Orphans
202 N. Ford Street
Gridley, IL  61744
Email: info@lifesongfororphans.org

Lifesong for Orphans offers a “matching grants” program and interest free loans.

The LYDIA Fund
P.O. Box 156
Circle Pines, MN  55014-0156
Email: lydiafund@usfamily.net

The LYDIA Fund is a fund set up to help married Christian couples defray the costs associated with international adoption through grants.

National Adoption Foundation
36 Mill Plain Road
Danbury, CT 06811
Email: nafadopt@aol.com

Adoption is the gift of a lifetime, but financial obstacles often put this option out of reach for wonderful families that desire to love a child and build a family. That’s why OneCause and the National Adoption Foundation have teamed up to help you fund your adoption! OneCause is a nontraditional fundraising program that helps you earn money for your adoption through a variety of everyday opportunities. You can pay agency and homestudy fees, travel expenses legal costs and more just by enrolling with OneCause and participating in our unique, NO COST, NO HASSLE programs. Your friends and relatives can even get involved to help you finance your adoption faster!

Orphan Impact
27472 Portola Parkway Suite 205-315
Foothill Ranch . CA . 92610
Phone:  949.600.5252
Email: craig@orpahnimpact.com; mary@orphanimpact.com

Orphan Impact exists to offer financial support for families who are overburdened with the financial cost of adopting overseas. We strive to help orphans by offering medical assistance, training opportunities and providing, as needed, for the care of orphans. As a Christian, faith based organization; we believe that adoption and orphan care are important opportunities to serve God, community and future generations. We strive to offer families the ability to further their families through financial grants. These grants are provided through the generous donations of families, friends, churches, corporations and individuals.

Sea of Faces
6920-B Bradick Shopping Center #200
Annandale, VA  22003
Email: director@seaoffaces.org

Sea of Faces is honored to assist Christian families on their journey of intercountry adoption grants.  The family must already have their referral for the child(ren).  However, applications can still be filed up to 6 months after bringing your child(ren) home.


Show Hope
P.O. Box 647
Franklin, TN  37065

Show Hope (formerly Shaohannah’s Hope) awards need-based financial grants to qualified families already in the process of adopting.

The Shepherds Crook
Website:  http://theshepherdscrook.org

The Shepherds Crook provides adoption grants for families adopting children with special needs.

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Federal Adoption Tax Credit

Form 8839

The Adoption Tax Credit for 2012 is currently labeled “non-refundable” which means only the amount of tax you owe for the year 2012 could be recovered.  For example, if you owe $5,235 in taxes for 2012 you would get that amount back from the IRS, not the full $12,650.  However, sometimes law makers make changes later on that could affect your adoption in 2012.  Go ahead and claim the full amount on your income tax return.  Keep all receipts and label what each one is for.

For more information, contact your personal tax counselor/advisor.

North American Counsel on Adoptable Children

Adoption Credit

IRS -Adoption Credit

IRS Form 8839

State Tax Credits

Many states also offer adoption tax credits. Visit your state government’s web site and specifically search for “adoption tax credit” or contact your tax advisor to find out if a state tax credit is available in your state.

Employer Reimbursement

For a listing of current employers and the reimbursement they provide their employees for adoption: http://benefits.adoption.com/

To help establish an adoption-friendly employer where you work: http://www.davethomasfoundation.org/Free-Adoption-Resources/Adoption-Benefits

Adoption Subsidies

http://www.nacac.org/adoptionsubsidy/adoptionsubsidy.html


Adoption Reading

While the list of resources below is not an extensive one, it is a place to begin.  Learning about adoption, the adoption process, and more specifically — about adopting a child who is deaf or hard of hearing — can be daunting and time consuming.  Keep in mind that the deaf or hard of hearing child tends to be older which means resources for adopting older children will also be beneficial.  Hopefully the resources provided below will give you at least a start in your learning process.

Articles

Books

ADOPTION PROCESS

“The Complete Adoption Book:  Everything You Need to Know to Adopt a Child”
Author(s):  Laura Beauvais-Godwin and Raymond Godwin

“The Complete Book on International Adoption:  A Step by Step Guide to Finding Your Child”
Author(s):  Dawn Davenport

PARENTING

“Adopted for Life:  The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches”
Author(s):  Dr. Russell Moore

“Adoption Parenting:  Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections”
Author(s):  Jean Macleod

“The Family of Adoption Revised and Updated”
Author(s):  Joyce Maquire Pavao

UNDERSTANDING “DEAF”

“Deaf Like Me”
Author(s):  Thomas S. Spradley and James P. Spradley

“Hands of My Father:  A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and The Language of Love”
Author(s):  Myron Uhlberg

“When the Mind Hears:  A History of the Deaf”
Author(s):  Harlan Lane

OTHER

“There is No Me Without You:  One Woman’s Odyssey to Rescue Her Country’s Children”
Author(s):   Melissa Fay Greene

Internet

http://adoptiveparents.org

http://www.olderchildadoption.com

http://www.rainbowkids.com

ONLINE DISCUSSION GROUPS

BLOGS
VIDEOS

Magazines

Adoptive Families

The Endeavor

World Around You