Financial Resources

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International Family Services
Fundraising, Donations, Grants, Loans, Resources, Tax Credits
Many organizations exist to financially assist adoptive families. Below you will find a list of such organizations that you can follow up with directly. IFS does not represent any of these organizations and does not speak for their procedures, the accuracy of this information or their claims and/or business practices. This is not an exhaustive list. 

Pure Charity Adoption fundraising is not easy, so Pure Charity created tools that have helped hundreds of families raise money for their adoption costs using a convenient online adoption fundraising platform that helps you create your own family adoption fundraiser.

Fund Your Adoption – The vision and mission of Fund Your Adoption is to help families overcome all the financial barriers of adoption and provide the most informative, up-to-date financial resources that empower families to adopt debt-free.

Adopt Without Debt – The cost of adopting a child can be expensive, but there are creative and innovative ways for prospective parents to raise funds that will help them cover the costs without creating an unnecessary financial burden. Adoptive parent and author, Julie Gumm’s book, You Can Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption, offers advice and practical insight on how to pay for adoption.

Show Hope – Show Hope is dedicated to engaging the church to care for orphans and reducing the financial barriers to adoption. Show Hope is actively involved in three areas: Adoption assistance through adoption grants, participating in orphan care projects and involvement in mobilizing individuals and communities to care for orphans.

Pathways for Little Feet – Pathways for Little Feet provides interest-free loans to qualified adoptive families who need financial assistance to finalize their adoptions. PLF works with families who adopt from all over the globe and is committed to creating a world in which every child belongs in a loving home.

AdoptTogether – AdoptTogether is a non-profit, crowdfunding platform that bridges the gap between families who want to adopt and the children who need loving homes. When registering as an adopting family, you complete a brief online profile and upload your adoption homestudy to AdoptTogether. Once confirmed as a prospective adopting family, your profile is made available to generous supporters for encouragement and designated gifts.

Abba Fund – Adopting couples may request financial assistance (grants and loans) through Abba Fund.

Lifesong for Orphans – Help your church start an adoption fund. Lifesong also offers matching grants (range from $1,000-$4,000), which encourage the adopting couple’s church family to financially and prayerfully support the adoption.

Resources4Adoption – Resources4Adoption is helps to provide HOPE, a VISION, a PLAN, and GUIDANCE through the adoption process. Their Toolkit includes the Five-Phase Plan to Fund Adoption, a chart outlining a clear, step-by-step plan to follow, and the Searchable Database of Grants and Loans.

JSC Foundation – JSC Foundation is a private foundation that understands that the financial hurdles are often the only obstacle preventing a couple from making that decision to adopt and seeing their dream become a reality. JSC Foundation assists Christian couples for which the cost of adoption is a hardship. JSC Foundation is pleased to be able to partner with families as they step out in faith by following the call, allowing one more orphan to come home to their forever family.

Pure Gift of GodThe goal of Pure Gift of God is to connect adoptive families with other couples and families in every stage of the adoption process as a resource and a guide for the adoptive community. Whether you’re a parent, sibling, grandparent, or even someone just interested in beginning the process, know this: you are not alone.

Gift of Adoption Fund – Gift of Adoption puts adoption within reach by providing the last necessary funds to qualified families who need financial assistance.

OneLess Ministries – ONEless believes that one less orphan in the world means one less child who is vulnerable to human trafficking. When a child is adopted, they have the opportunity to grow and thrive in a loving environment. Oneless helps to cover some adoption expense by providing a onetime grant to approved families who are adopting.

Affording Adoption Foundation – Through fundraising efforts and donor support, AAF’s grant program helps close the gap between families considering bringing a child into their home and the moment a child hears “Welcome Home!”

Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry – Through the donations from various families, churches, and communities, Katelyn’s Fund has been given the opportunity to provide grants to several Christian families.

Hebrew Free Loan Association – HFLA provides loans of up to $10,000 for Jewish families who wish to adopt.

Ordinary Hero – Ordinary Hero will help establish a fund for adoptive families so people can donate to their adoption. You can now set up your own fundraising web page, giving donors the opportunity to give online to your adoption on the spot. You will have the opportunity to customize the page with your personal story, pictures, and even video.

Oxford Adoption Foundation – Provides low-interest loans for families who have exhausted other financial options.

A Child Waits – Loans are available for up to $10,000 for one child. They assist families who can financially support a child and repay the loan, but who do not have the current funds to adopt.

Military Adoption Reimbursement Program – The military non-recurring program is a one-time subsidy program for full-time military personnel. Adopting couples can receive up to $2,000 reimbursement on adoption expenses for one child or $5,000 for siblings. Eligible personnel should complete DD Form 2673 (Reimbursement For Adoption Expense). See Defense Finances and Accounting Service Instruction 1341.

Tax Credit

For more information about amounts and other tax planning information, see NOTE: IFS does not provide any tax-planning advice. Prospective adoptive families should consult with their tax or financial planning professionals for additional advice on the adoption tax credit.

Employers That Offer Adoption Benefits

Contact your human resources department and see if your employer offers adoption benefits.

 Your Church or Synagogue

Ask your pastor/rabbi if your church or synagogue can accept donations that can be used to help pay for your adoption. Your church/synagogue may be willing to issue receipts and use the funds for your adoption.

Donations to IFS for Your Adoption

 We Welcome Donations – International Family Services has been granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS. As such, IFS is able to accept donations and issue tax receipts. We welcome donations that will aid us in our mission to ease the suffering of the world’s orphans. One of the greatest humanitarian gestures a person can make is to help a family pay for an adoption. Unfortunately, the IRS does not allow taxpayers to deduct donations designated for payment of services rendered to a specific person (like paying for a child’s education).

IFS cannot accept donations which are designated for specific adoptions

We believe this is necessary in order to preserve our 501(c)(3) status. Payments can be made on behalf of a family, but IFS will not issue donation receipts for such payments. Contact IFS for more information.

Preferential Treatment

It is the policy of International Family Services that IFS shall not give preferential treatment to its board members, contributors, volunteers, employees, agents, consultants, or independent contractors with respect to the placement of children for adoption. – Ref: 22CFR96.39(c)

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