How to Fund Your Adoption
FUNDING YOUR ADOPTION
It’s important to remember that you are not alone—we have seen God provide financially for families countless times! To date, AGCI has awarded over $1.1 million in adoption grants to families.
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, adopting older children, or adopting sibling groups. Begin the process.
“It’s such an encouragement when you’re praying that God will move people’s hearts to give even without being asked, which is how we were praying, and that really did get answered so many times in so many ways… God gives us what we need and a little bit more… That has been our story. One of asking for big things from God and then watching him show up, and being reminded that God wants to do big things all the time and sometimes we just miss out because we don’t ask.”
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, +100 AGCI families have received adoption grants from $3,000 to $20,000 for a total of $923,000 since 2021. Families must have a referral in order to receive this grant. Begin the process.
ADDITIONAL GRANT RESOURCES
We’ve compiled a list of the adoption grants that AGCI families have had the most success with and added them to our financial resources packet. Please reach out to us to learn more!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We know you have many questions about funding your adoption through grants. Below are answers to a few of the questions we hear most frequently:
In most cases, not until you have an approved home study.
Most organizations will send the awarded amount once you have a referral or travel approval.
There is a wide range depending on factors such as family income, the needs of the child, and the country program.
Many are needs-based and begin to phase out when a family's income is over $100,000.
“The financial burdens in adoption are very heavy, but even greater is the responsibility and commitment to raise and love the child that is found and put in a family. It is such a joy and relief when that financial burden is lifted, so that the focus of our family can be put on the child’s needs.”
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 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. Half of the expenses are paid through state funds, and the other half through federal funds, up to $2,000.
OUR FINANCIAL EXPERTWe 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 schedules.
Talk with your Adoption Advisor to schedule a call with our Financial Consultant.
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.
Many U.S. corporations, including Wendy’s, Capital One, 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 to learn more about employee benefits.
Download our financial resources packet to find other ways to fund your adoption.
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for this added security as we navigate through an ongoing path of medical appointments, therapies, and other procedures for our sweet girl. Ayla truly is thriving being home with us and experiencing the love of a mom and dad, and caring brothers, too.”
— Ben and Bethany Cirota, AGCI Adoptive Parents