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We award grants four times a year. Applications must be submitted online by end of day on the date indicated in order to be considered for that cycle. 

We award grants four times a year. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by the date indicated in order to be considered for that cycle.




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grant Awards and deadlines (2023)

We award grants four times a year. Applications must be submitted online by end of day on the date indicated in order to be considered for that cycle. 






February 28th






May 31st




August 31st






November 30th



Application Process


  • Complete and submit the application ONLINE

    • Upload all required documents​

      • Expense sheet

      • Personal Statement

      • Homestudy​ (and renewal if applicable)

        • If your agency requires that they release the home study directly to our organization, please note this on your application. It must be received by the application deadline.

        • If your state (i.e. Colorado) does not allow the release of the home study, please include a letter from the agency stating that you have a completed home study.

      • Taxes (previous 2 years)

  • If you have any updates to your application after submission, please email

  • You will be notified of the decision (yes or no) via email during the award month listed above. For example, if you submit an application on March 30th, you will be considered for the August award and will be notified via email sometime in August.



When during the adoption process should you apply for a grant?


Domestic Adoption


We recommend that for a domestic adoption, you apply as soon as your home study is complete and your file is ready to be shown to birth parents.


International Adoption


We recommend that applicants submit an application after their child has been identified.


If the country you are adopting from has an unusually short time period between when you receive the referral, and when you travel, you may apply any time after your home study is completed. In that case, please note this in your application, and state when you expect to receive your referral and when you expect to bring your child(ren) home.


Adoption Through Foster Care


We recommend you apply at any time after your home study is complete. Adoptions through foster care are an exception to our placement eligibility requirement. 

Eligibility & Terms accepts applications from couples and individuals regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, marital status or sexual orientation. Please note the following criteria:

  • At least one applicant must be a US citizen

  • Must have a completed, approved, and current home study

  • Must not be pregnant, trying to conceive, or pursuing infertility treatments simultaneously with your adoption

  • Must demonstrate significant financial obstacles and the need for financial assistanceThere is a distinction between "not wanting" to write the check(s) and "not being able to".

  • If the adoption has been finalized, or the child has been placed in your home, you are no longer eligible (exceptions made for adoptions through foster care).

  • Applicants must exhibit a commitment to adoption, and will continue with the adoption regardless of whether or not they obtain a grant from

  • Applicants must be associated with a licensed adoption agency or attorney. If you are working with a consultant, final payments must be made to a lawyer or agency.

  • Priority will be given to applicants without children and those with failed or disrupted adoption placements.

  • Should a grant be awarded:

    • Adoption funds may not be used to cover travel cost.

    • Money is only payable in USD to a licensed US adoption agency or lawyer.

    • We do not cover agency start-up fees, funds should be applied towards the finalization of your adoption.

    • If any portion of the grant is unused upon completion of the adoption process, or upon the expiration of the award (approximately 24 months from the official grant award date), the remaining funds will revert back to reserves the right to contact applicants and service providers by phone or email to clarify any information provided in the application or to conduct a telephone interview.

We know you might have questions regarding your application and the process. Please read our FAQ before contacting us. If we have not answered your questions on our FAQ page, please feel free to email us at

If you are concerned about not being able to afford a private adoption even with a grant from, we encourage you to explore adopting through foster care, which is often low or no cost. Please visit for more information about foster care in your state.

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