The price tag of adopting -- typically between $10,000 and $30,000 -- can be daunting. For this reason, many grant foundations exist to help defray the cost of adoption. Adoptive families residing in Texas may be eligible to receive aid from the state. Texas residents are also eligible to apply for many nationwide adoption grants.
1. State Assistance
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers an adoption assistance program to help defray some of the costs associated with adopting a child with special needs. The program provides Medicaid health care coverage for the adopted child, which includes medical and dental care, eye care, medical equipment and psychiatric health care. Certain one-time expenses are eligible for reimbursement, up to $1,200 per adoption. Monthly payments are also provided to assist families with the child's needs. Payments are determined based upon the adoptive family's financial circumstances and the child's special needs.
2. Boatner Family Foundation
The Boatner Family Foundation is a small group located in The Woodlands, Texas. The group provides grants ranging from $1,000 up to nearly $13,000 and requires that adoptive families have received approval from their agency. To apply, families must turn in a completed application and financial statement. Families must write to the foundation in order to request a formal grant application.
3. Gift of Adoption
The Gift of Adoption awards grants for U.S. citizens adopting domestically and internationally. Grants are awarded regardless of religion, race, age, marital status or sexual orientation. Applicants must have a completed home study from a licensed agency and submit a completed application, a copy of their most recent tax return and check stubs for all reported income earners, two letters of reference and a $50 application fee. Awarded grants range from $1,000 to $7,500.
Helpusadopt.org awards grants in June and December, ranging from $500 to $15,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens demonstrating that they can provide a stable home environment but are facing significant financial difficulties and need help with adoption expenses. Applications are accepted from couples and individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, marital status or sexual orientation. Those applying must turn in a completed home study and cannot be pursuing infertility treatments. Priority is given to those who do not yet have children.
5. Show Hope
Show Hope has provided adoption grants to families adopting from the United States and more than 50 countries. Prospective families must have completed a home study and be working with a licensed adoption agency. A typical grant from Show Hope averages $4,000, taking into account the financial need of the family involved. Families must submit a completed application along with a cover letter, completed questionnaire, statement of faith, net worth worksheet, cash flow worksheet, adoption agency letter, home study, tax forms and letter of recommendation from their pastor.
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services: DFPS Adoption Assistance
- NightLight.org: Grant Programs
- Gift of Adoption: Who Should Apply
- Gift of Adoption: How to Apply
- HelpUsAdopt.org: Frequently Asked Questions
- Show Hope: FAQs
- Show Hope: Adoption Aid Grant Application
- Independent Adoption Center: Ask Our Experts
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