Take time for grants

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As we all know….adoption is expensive! I have seen a lot of negative comments and questions regarding this topic. I totally get it, however there is so much more that goes into adoption than most people realize. It is not a huge $40,000 fee that goes to the agency or orphanage. The grand total amount comes from fees from many different places.

*doctor visits *applications *passports *papers from the courthouse *travel *physiologist visit *in country documents *birth mother expenses *trainings/education *background checks *and I could go on and on and on and on

So just like your trips to the grocery store…the more you keep piling in your basket….the bigger your total cost is. Yes, I would agree that there may be a few hoops to jump through, however I am a huge advocate of making sure people are ready to adopt. Some of the things on the adoption checklist like doctor visits and background checks  are ways to  help ensure you are ready to take care of children who have been through trauma.

Please don’t let money be the reason you say no to adoption. God really takes care of that part. I could write for days about that! One thing that I encourage anyone who is adopting to do is take a few days to write grants….yes I said a few days! There are so many out there and it is a big process. But if you organize it right and do it all at the same time…it is totally worth a try. These are out there to help you! We were so blessed and beyond excited to receive TWO grants! I know that sometimes you are overwhelmed with all of the paperwork with the adoption, but with some of the grants you can use paperwork you already have.

TIP #1: I did notice that many of the grants are geared toward the end of your process. Many of them wanted to know if you had the referral or see pictures. So, my recommendation would be to start later in your process. We did not have our referral when we received the grants but we were almost done with our dossier.

TIP#2: Also, almost all grants want you to be done with your home study. I think this shows how serious you are. I can imagine some people start this process and then find out it is not for them.

This is a big process because adopting is a big deal! It is also a big blessing!

Some of my friends know that adopting is not right for their family, however they know the need to help the orphans in the world, so they just bless their friends with money, prayers, clothes, toys, and the most important……encouragement! I am so thankful for the specific things God lays on our hearts. I love that we all have different dreams and we can unite to help each other reach them.

 

You should totally check out Show Hope ! We found many events, resources, ideas, and encouragement from their website!

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4 thoughts on “Take time for grants

  1. My wife and I are also going through the adoption process. Our hearts were directed toward older children who no longer have parents because the courts have terminated the parents’ rights. Many children are not adopted from their foster homes and age out of the system with no place to call home or to rely on when things get tough or even to have a family during the holidays. Adopting from the state foster care system poses some challenges, but to provide a child a forever home and future together is worth it. The cost to adopt this way is minimal compared to private adoptions, and the state reimburses for traveling expenses. My wife and I even took classes offered by the state to become potential foster-adopt parents and prepare us for how to parent a child dealing with trauma. http://www.adoptuskids.org is a great resource for adopting children from the foster care system. It also has many tips on parenting children who have experienced trauma and would be beneficial even in a private adoption.

    • You are right! Adopting from the foster care system is a wonderful thing! We have met a wonderful family through that experience and it has changed our lives. We are very close with them still to this day! Great point!

    • That is exciting! I know it can be overwhelming at first. Just really concentrate on each step separately instead of looking at the expenses as a whole. It is amazing how you will easily get what you need at just the right time!

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