Adoption

A letter from Mary Beth Chapman:
Chapman Family 2012It is wonderful to be a part of God’s work with orphans, and to further your efforts we at Show Hope are thrilled to present HowToAdopt.org! When Steven Curtis and I began the process of adopting Shaohannah a number of years ago, we were overwhelmed and truly didn’t know “how to adopt.”

Needless to say, it was foreign to us, and with the anxieties and difficulties that abound in the process, it is not surprising that so many are discouraged in their adoption journey. The NAIC found that while one third of Americans have considered adoption, only 2% will ever adopt. Furthermore, as many as 48% of those who consider adoption turn to their “house of worship” for information and support, according to DTFA. Unfortunately, most churches are not equipped to help. As a result, the vast majority of potential adoptive families go no further.

Trying to navigate the adoption process can be as overwhelming as traveling across the United States without a map. In order to empower, enable and equip you, Show Hope has created HowToAdopt.org so that you will have the necessary information and resources, whether you are on the journey yourself or whether your church wants the tools to help those who are.

Thank you for taking a step of faith to experience the miracle of adoption. “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20).

With blessings for your journey!

Your partner in adoption,

Mary Beth Chapman

Apply For a Grant

Welcome to the online grant application center! We are honored that you would allow us to become a part of your adoption journey. All applications are welcome, but due to limited funding, we are unable to award grants to all qualified applicants. Funding priority will be given, but not limited, to families with the greatest financial need who complete the application process with integrity, establishing that they are equipped to provide a child with a loving home consistent with the founding principles of Show Hope.

Deadlines & Guidelines:

  • There are six application deadlines throughout the year:
    Feb 28th, April 30th, Jun 30th, Aug 31st, Oct 31st, Dec 31st
  • Your application is complete after you successfully submit your application and all references and documents are submitted. Your application date is the day your complete application is submitted to Show Hope. If a portion of your application or references is not complete, you will be moved to the next deadline.

Notifications:

  • You will receive notification of the outcome of your application by mail
  • Processing the application takes a minimum of 90 days after the application deadline

Step 1: Before you apply

  • Your home study or home study update must be completed in order to apply
  • You must be in process using an agency that is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization licensed to place children for adoption. Please note that your placement agency may differ from your home study provider.
  • If you are working through an adoption consultant, you cannot apply for a grant until you have finalized your placement agency. In addition, consulting fees will not be considered as part of the total adoption costs.
  • Applications cannot be submitted for: 
    • Independent adoptions through lawyers, facilitators, or humanitarian organizations licensed to place children
    • Embryo adoptions
    • Adoptions from non-Hague Convention countries
    • Adoptions for which placement has occurred
    • Adoptions for which an application has already been submitted
  • Collect the following pieces of information:
    • Church address, phone number, pastor’s e-mail address, and website
    • IRS tax information (W2 and 1040 or 1099 forms) for the last two years
    • Net worth of property, investments, goods, and liquid assets
    • Annual budget information for both income and expenses
    • Address, phone, name, and email of your adoption agency and caseworker
    • Your home study
    • Family or referral photos (optional)

Step 2: The Application Process

  • The complete application process is online. You will be able to save your application and return to it as needed. You will also be able to view the status of your application at any time after submission. You will be required to upload documents, including your home study and tax documents.
  • References from your pastor and your adoption agency must be requested using the online reference tool. We recommend notifying your pastor and caseworker that they will receive an email request to fill out a reference form. You can view the status of the references in your grant application portal. It will be your responsibility to ensure the references are completed.
  • After the application is submitted and references are received, an initial review will be conducted to ensure the application is complete. If additional information is required, you will be notified by email. You will receive an email with further details and dates when your application is accepted.
  • All applicants will receive a letter from Show Hope regarding the outcome of their application. Due to funding limitation, we are unable to fund approximately half of the qualified applications received. If you are awarded a grant, you and your agency will receive a copy of your award letter and instructions for disbursement of funds. All funds must be disbursed directly to the agency.
  • For international adoptions, the agency may request disbursement of funds within three months of travel to complete the adoption. For domestic adoption, funds may be requested at time of placement. Funds are mailed approximately 20 business days from receipt of the disbursement request.

Apply Now:

Create your Show Hope Grant Portal login here >>

or Login to the Portal using your username and password >>

Questions? If you have questions, please visit our FAQ before contacting us.

Additional Assistance

FAQs

The grant application is only available online. We are not able to mail hard copies of our application. All details concerning the adoption assistance program are available here.

No. Before applying, you must be working with a licensed, child-placing agency that is a 501(c)(3) organization, and you must have a completed, approved, and/or updated home study. Please note that your placing agency may differ from your home study provider.

Prospective adoptive families must have a completed and approved home study or home study update prior to submitting an application for financial assistance. Applications must be submitted PRIOR to adoptive placement.
Show Hope considers both domestic and international adoptions. Show Hope has provided grants to families adopting from the United States and numerous countries. For international adoptions, you must be pursuing adoption from a country that is party to The Hague Adoption Convention. Please visit this link for additional information on the Convention and countries included.
There are six periods in our application cycle each year. The deadline dates of each period are:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • June 30
  • August 31
  • October 31
  • December 31

The full application and supporting documents, including references, must be submitted prior to the deadline to be considered in a period.

Your application is considered complete and eligible for review when Show Hope has received the online application, required supporting documents, and two references. You will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks after submission. You may login to your account to view the status of the reference forms and should contact references directly as needed.  The deadline dates of each period are:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • June 30
  • August 31
  • October 31
  • December 31
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 view the status of your application. Please keep in mind your application will be in the review process for a minimum of 90 days after submission.
Your placement agency will receive a copy of your award letter and instructions to request disbursement of the funds. The grant check will be mailed directly to your agency on your behalf approximately 20 business days after the request has been made by the agency. For international adoptions, the agency may request funds when you are 3-4 months from travel to obtain placement. For a domestic adoption, your agency may request the funds at the time of placement of the child.
If you travel to pick up your child(ren) during the period your grant is being considered, it will not affect your consideration for a grant. The agency must still request the grant funds from Show Hope (see question 10), and can apply the award to any outstanding funds or reimburse you for previous payments.
No. After a decision has been made, you may not re-apply or have an application reconsidered for the same adoption, even in light of new information or circumstances.
Yes. Applicants are welcomed to apply for adoption assistance grants for subsequent adoptions. A new application must be considered. *Please note: If you are adopting two or more children at the same time, one application will suffice.
Show Hope grants average $5,000. Because we are not able to award all qualified applicants, Show Hope encourages families to seek additional sources of adoption funding, including potential support from your church and well as other grant organizations. Please visit the Christian Alliance for Orphans website for information regarding additional funding opportunities.
There is no set limit on income, though financial need is a significant factor in our review process. Many other factors will also be considered.
We are not able to award grants to families unless at least one parent is a U.S. citizen. Please keep in mind that your agency must be a licensed U.S. adoption agency and have a 501(c)(3) certification.
No. Show Hope is not able to assist with adoptions that are not processed through a licensed, child-placing agency. A home study provider does not fulfill this requirement if you are using a different child-placing agency or provider.
Yes. Grants have been awarded to single parents. All prospective grant recipients must satisfy the same eligibility criteria.

While Show Hope does not endorse specific agencies, a list of Christian adoption agencies may be found on the Christian Alliance for Orphans website. We also recommend due diligence in selecting an adoption agency.

Show Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit and is not an adoption agency. Show Hope solely aids in providing financial assistance to help bridge the gap for families in the adoption process. If we have not answered your question, please contact us.

ETC Conferences

Developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis, renowned author of The Connected Child, and the TCU Institute of Child Development, the Empowered To Connect Conference is ideal for adoptive and foster parents, those considering adoption or foster care and those who are serving and supporting others, including social workers, agency professionals, church staff and ministry leaders, counselors, therapists and others all involved in adoption and foster care ministries or services.

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