HOW TO FUND YOUR ADOPTION
It’s important to remember that you are not alone—we have seen God provide financially for families countless times! We’ve compiled a list of the grants that AGCI families have had the most success with. The lists below are just a starting point
AGCI ADOPTION GRANT FUND
Established in 1997, the AGCI Adoption Grant Fund provides financial assistance to AGCI home study approved families adopting waiting children with special needs, older children, or sibling groups. Begin the process.
SPECIAL TREASURES FUND
This adoption grant is available to home study approved AGCI families adopting a waiting child from one of our partner homes in China. The Special Treasures fund helps facilitate the adoption of children with special needs, sibling groups, or older children by providing adoption grants to qualifying families. Begin the process.
BRITTANY’S HOPE GRANT
Brittany’s Hope Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to aiding the adoption of children with special needs, sibling groups, or older waiting children by providing adoption grants to qualifying, home study approved families. To date, 84 AGCI families have received grants from $3,000 to $20,000 for a total of $530,000 since 2007. Families must have a referral in order to receive this grant. Begin the process.
ADDITIONAL GRANT RESOURCES
It’s important to remember that you are not alone—we have seen God provide financially for families countless times! We’ve compiled a list of the grants that AGCI families have had the most success with. The list below is just a starting point—please reach out to us to learn more!
Childless Mothers Adopt
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
God’s Grace Adoption Ministry
International Adoption Resources
Caroline’s Promise *Exclusively for North Carolina Families
A Love Beyond Borders
LifeSong Legacy Fund
The Micah Fund
Parenthood for Me, Inc.
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation
“When we began our adoption journey, we were told the average process took 12-18 months. As operators of a small family farm, we were counting on having two crop years to help finance our adoption. Well, the Lord’s perfect timing is bringing our daughter to us much sooner! Our process will be right around 12 months total. As we were traveling to visit family for Thanksgiving, we were discussing how we will generate the remaining funds, which are a large sum at the end of the adoption journey. During our discussion and worry, I checked our email on my phone, and we had been awarded the Xiamen Special Treasures Grant!”
— Andrew and Kylie Prasuhn, AGCI Adoptive Parents
Did you know tax credits can cut the cost of adoption by up to $15,000? While these credits are only available after your adoption process is completed, they can make a substantial difference in the affordability of international adoption!
To learn more, check out Publication 968 – Tax Benefits for Adoption or contact your state’s Division of Family Services and State Tax Office to ask about your state’s tax credits for adoption, or to find out if you qualify for any special state subsidy programs.
Additionally, adoptive parents may take the same dependency exemption on their income taxes for their adopted children as they would for their biological children. This exemption reduces a family’s taxable income. It’s important to remember that families must provide more than half of their children’s support to list them as exemptions.
A reimbursement for non-recurring adoption expenses (agency fees, legal costs, and transportation) is available through many states for families who adopt children with special needs. In some cases, these subsidies apply to internationally adopted children. Half of the expenses are paid through state funds, and the other half through federal funds, up to $2,000.
OUR FINANCIAL EXPERT
We never want finances to prevent a child from uniting with their forever family! Remember, you’re not alone—95% of families use a combination of strategies to finance their adoption journey. AGCI’s Financial Expert is here to help navigate the often stressful aspects of financing your adoption.
Our Financial Expert can help:
- Walk through the financial piece of your adoption journey.
- Offer ideas and resources for adoption funding.
- Provide counseling regarding common ways to finance adoptions.
- Discuss financial arrangements and payment scheduling.
If you own your own home, you may be eligible for a home equity loan, or you may be able to refinance your mortgage. Often the interest is tax deductible. Also, many banks offer home equity lines of credit. Rates on these loans are often low and the interest is also tax deductible. Your bank may have a special loan program for adoptive parents.
Some financial institutions offer low-interest loans with special terms strictly for adoption expenses. The National Adoption Foundation (NAF), American Christian Credit Union, Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Funds4Families, MBNA, and First Union Bank of Maryland, offer loans for adoptive parents. Lastly, many life insurance companies have a provision in their whole life insurance policies that will permit you to borrow a percentage of the cash value at a low interest rate.
The Abba Fund
America’s Christian Credit Union
A Child Waits Foundation
Child Welfare League of America
Jewish Free Loan Association
Many U.S. corporations, including Wendy’s, Home Depot, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, and Hewlett-Packard, offer adoption assistance to their employees. Benefits range from extended paid leave or unpaid leave, to cash payments or adoption reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000. Currently, there are more than 500 corporations that assist families with adoption costs.
If your company does not currently offer this benefit, consider asking them to! Adoption benefits are considered good personnel practice, and qualified adoption plans receive favorable treatment from the IRS on a company’s tax return. Download The National Adoption Center informative packet. Learn more about employee benefits.
Download our financial resources packet to find other ways to fund your adoption.