What starts as a gesture of love soon becomes an onslaught of paperwork. The forms, the home study, the waiting, and certainly the financial hurdles can be discouraging to a loving family wanting to open their arms to an orphaned child. The Orphan Foundation hopes to help you overcome some of those barriers by providing financial assistance and information for adopting families. Please browse the materials we’ve compiled to support you in your adoption journey.
Be sure to tell your friends about The Orphan Foundation, these resources, and our vision of finding permanent families and homes for all of the world’s 143 million orphans. And if you're in need of inspiration, try these adoption quotes: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/adoption-quotes/.
A Simple Guide to AdoptionDownload
This 30-page guide to adoption is a resource for those beginning the adoption process. It will help you make the choice between international, domestic, and foster care adoptions, show you the timelines of each method, costs and budgets, and how to raise the funding needed to adopt. The guide also includes the stories of three of The Orphan Foundation’s grant recipients, who are a true inspiration to anyone hoping to adopt. Another excellent source for international adoptions - by country - can be found at this link: http://adoption.state.gov/country_information.php. Another informative site is this one from the US Immigration office which talks about international adoptions and immigrations: http://www.us-immigration.com/international-adoption-immigration/. In the middle of the page you will see an input box where you can select the country from which you wish to adopt. You will see answers to most of your questions, including ranges of costs.
Another great resource for getting started with adoption is from the Dave Thomas Foundation. It's called "Finding Forever Families - A Step-by-Step Guide to Adoption." You can get a free digital copy here: Download
This is a wonderful source for state funding to help families who are adopting:State Adoption Subsidy Profiles
The 2007 National Foster Care and Adoption Directory lists foster care and adoption resources by state.
When beginning the adoption or foster care process, it may be difficult to understand some of the terminology that is used frequently. This glossary includes definitions for many common words and phrases related to the adoption and foster care processes.
Grants and LoansDownload
We are currently experiencing a very high demand for grants from adopting families. The requests have greatly exceeded our donation levels, so we are encouraging families to explore other financial sources to help with their adoptions. This list provides information on several other organizations that also provide Grants and Loans.
Meet the Cancilla Family! This interview took place on the second TV show we aired. The Cancilla's are one of the new breed of adopting families that have taken on the responsibility of loving and caring for a "special needs" child. Listen to their story and learn about adopting and caring for a child with "special needs." And most importantly, meet Harrison.
Meet the Corrodi Family! This interview takes you through both international and foster care adoptions with Jack & Kay Corrodi. They have adopted 16 children - 3 from Mexico, 2 from Bolivia, and 2 from El Salvador. Then they adopted 9 children from East Los Angeles! Wonderful people. Wonderful children, and an inspiration to all adopting families. Click the play button and enjoy.
Meet the Rennemo Family! This interview took place on the third TV show we aired. The Rennemo's are one of the new breed of adopting families that are truly international. Donna is Italian and grew up here in the States, married Rolf in Oslo, Norway, and their two gorgeous daughters are from China. Learn the in's and out's of adopting from China by listening to this program.
Below are links to other organizations that may be of help to you:
Resources4Adoption (45 Grants and Loans)
The Dave Thomas Foundation
National Council For Adoption
The US Department of Health and Human Services
Coalition of Adoption Programs
Approximately 10 grants of $500/child will be awarded yearly. Our procedure is to review all incoming grants on a quarterly basis to determine eligibility. The base eligibility requirements are that you have successfully completed your home study and that the child you plan to adopt is still in an orphanage or in a foster care institution, as one of our primary missions is to help rescue the children that fall into this category. Note: we do not provide grants for birthmother adoptions or the adoption of step children. If you meet these requirements, then your grant request will be accepted for consideration with all of the other grant requests currently in the queue. We award the grants quarterly, and those awards are based upon our ability to fund. If you are not approved, your grant request will be removed from our queue, but you can resubmit for the next quarterly review. We also encourage you to look over the other sources of grants and loans that we provide on this page. And most importantly, thank you for helping us make a difference in the life of a child.