The grant application is only available online. Therefore, we do not mail hard copies of our application. All of the information concerning the adoption assistance (grant) program is found on our website here
No, before applying you must be working with a licensed, child-placing agency (in most cases, this is different than your home study provider), and you must have a completed, approved and/or updated home study.
Prospective adoptive families must have satisfactorily completed a home study or home study update prior to submitting an application for financial assistance. Applications must be submitted PRIOR to adoptive placement. You may apply:
-If you have a completed and approved home study.
-If you are working with a 501c3 licensed, child-placing adoption agency.
-If you have not applied previously with Show Hope for this current adoption.
We consider both domestic and international adoptions. Show Hope has provided grants to families adopting from the United States and more than 50 countries. See question 3 to find out the prerequisites for applying.
There are six periods in our application cycle, and depending on when the online application and supporting documents are received by Show Hope determines which period your application falls into for consideration. The deadline dates of each period are: Feb 28th, April 30th, Jun 30th, Aug 31st, Oct 31st, and Dec 31st.
Your application is considered complete and eligible for review when Show Hope has received both the online application in addition to the two references. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail within 2 weeks after submitting your online application and your references. After you have submitted your application, while your references are pending, you may login to confirm if the references are in. You may need to follow-up directly with your references to make sure they are have been submitted within the deadline date you’d like to meet. The deadline dates of each period are: Feb 28th, April 30th, Jun 30th, Aug 31st, Oct 31st, and Dec 31st.
No, all information must be submitted online.
A minimum of 90 days past the deadline for each period is required for the review of Adoption Assistance Grant Applications.
Each applicant will receive a letter via postal mail regarding the outcome of the review process. You may also login to check on the status of your application, but it will be in the review process (once fully submitted) for a minimum of 90 days.
Your agency will receive a copy of your award letter and instructions on when and how to request disbursement of the funds. The grant check will be mailed directly to your agency on your behalf, after the request has been made by the agency. The agency may request the funds when you are approximately 3-4 months from travel for the final trip (to obtain placement) for an international adoption. For a domestic adoption, your agency may request the funds at the time of placement of the child. It takes a minimum of 10 business days to process the checks after the agency representative has emailed Show Hope to request the funds.