My husband and I are contemplating another adoption. We didn’t get much help at all the last time and we really need to raise money if we do this again. We didn’t have any luck with grants with our first adoption, but I do know there are a lot of those out there. What other fund raising ideas have people tried that worked? Are there pitfalls to avoid? Tax issues?
Lisa H. wrote:
One of the things that has helped us the most with funding our adoptions has been the fact that we’ve adopted waiting children. All of them had fee reductions and sometimes we also benefited from waiting child funds at each agency. WACAP esp. has a great waiting child program with MANY children whose adoption fees are completely waived, and a loan fund for up to $3000 interest free (I think). And these are truly children who NEED and are WAITING for homes…
We’ve also received grants from Shaohannah’s Hope and from Ibsen Adoption Network (WA families only). And folks at our church have given us over $10,000 and donated mileage to pay for travel.
I truly believe that if you have a heart for a child, then God has the money! He has been MUCH more than faithful to us. I don’t say this tritely…Sometimes it’s come down to us putting $4000 on a charge card, but someone came to us then and told us that God had told them to give us $4000 the day before and they’d wanted to pray about it one more time before they gave. He said it again, so they came with the check and the $4000 wasn’t on our card more than 48 hours!
It’s always been an adventure, but truly, one that has strengthened our faith in God’s provision…
i follow your blog and love reading it. I have two friends who have recently adopted; one from Kazakhstan and one from Ethiopia. One of these couples held a garage sale and also a dessert social at our church, to raise money. The other couple raised money through a spaghetti dinner and also, through the wife’s mom, who designs and makes jewelry. You can find her etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?
Bethany from Positively Orphaned wrote:
We bought boxes of M&M’s from Sam’s Club. They had 36 bags each of plain and peanut and were in a dispensable box/display pack. The bags sold for $1 a piece. The cost was $30 a box with a profit of $42. We had friends, family and businesses display them. We put a picture of our son on the box with type saying “Please help us raise funds to bring our little boy home from Ethiopia.” Grandma took it to the bowling alley, meetings and luncheons with her friends. She had people putting money in it without even taking M&M’s. (You can see the photo at the top of this post)
The Kellers wrote:
Have people tried WACAP? Some of the adoptions are free and some are $5,000. That is who we will be using for Ethiopia. www.wacap.org
Thought I would add my story of how we funded our 2nd adoption. The first one we were a little prideful and didn’t want to ask for any help so we just took out a loan for the entire adoption. The second time around I felt that God was calling us to adopt an older child and that He wanted to provide, we just needed to ask for the help. 🙂 We first refinanced our house and were able to skip two house payments, maybe not the smartest thing in some aspects, but it worked for us. That allowed us to get the homestudy started, our agency application fee and the UCIS government fees paid for. We then had a big garage sale. We got the word out through flyers both advertising the sale and asking for donations. Through generous friends and family we were able to raise $3000 with the sale and selling things through the paper and craigslist.
We also applied for at least 5 or 6 grants. We ended up being blessed with two of them. One was from Shaohannah’s Hope for
$2000 and the other was for $3000 from LifeSong. Of course the LifeSong one was a matching grant so we approached our church about presenting this and were denied (long story) so we sent out letters to friends and family. We ended up only raising $2000 so we received $2000 from LifeSong.
When our adoption was almost complete we ended up hearing from my husband’s work that they were now going to start offering adoption benefits. That was totally God because 6 mo. earlier they only had them for management not union employees. If you know anything about Union’s, if it’s not in the contract, it isn’t going to happen! My husband approached the main boss at his work and lo and behold God moved in that man’s heart and the benefit’s now exist for everyone. We ended up getting a reimbursement for $5000. That is for each child so if you adopt more than one, it works out great. So for us we only had to pay $2000 out of pocket if that. God can and will move, we just have to be obedient and follow His leading.
Katie R. said…
about paying for adoptions… I just found this article on the same topic & thought you’d like to see it, too. 🙂
3/10/2009 11:54 AM
Definitely take a minute to read the
blog post recommended by Katie. The author’s basic ideas are to “think big”, “think broadly”, and “think boldly”. All good advice when you need to raise
A LOT of money for a very good cause.
For families adopting HIV+ children, From HIV to Home has Family Fundraising Kits to support you in your efforts to raise funds. I blogged about my friend, Signe’s very successful Walk-a-thon, HERE. With the help of From HIV to Home, it was very simple to do, fun for all, and they raised a lot of money to bring their son home.
Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to share your great ideas! I’ll share mine in a future post.
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