Adoption

A letter from Mary Beth Chapman:
Chapman Family 2012

It 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

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Apply For a Grant

*Please read through these instructions carefully because as of May 27th, our process has changed.

Welcome to the online grant application center! We are honored that you would allow us to become a part of your adoption journey. All applicants are welcome, but due to limited funding, we cannot 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 a placement agency (this is not referring to your home study agency) that is a 501(c)3 agency licensed to place children (this cannot be an adoption consultant who is not acting as your placement agency)
  • Applications cannot be submitted for independent adoptions (through lawyers, facilitators, or humanitarian organizations not licensed to place children) or for embryo adoptions
  • Applications cannot be submitted post-placement
  • You cannot re-apply for an adoption for which an online application has already been submitted
  • If you are working through an adoption consulting agency you cannot apply for a grant until you have finalized your placement agency. In addition consulting fees may not contribute to estimated total adoption costs
  • Collect the following pieces of information to facilitate your application:
    – Church address, phone number, e-mail and website
    – IRS tax information for the last two years it is available (Copies of those year’s W2s and tax returns)
    – 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

Step 2: The Application Process

New online application coming soon!

  • The complete application process is online. You will be able to save your application and login later to continue working on it. You will also be able to view the status of your application at any time after you have submitted it. You will be required to upload documents, including your homestudy and tax documents. You may need to scan in your documents using a mobile app scanner or a scanner available at FedEx Office or your local library.
  • You will also need references from your pastor and your adoption agency which you will request using our online reference tool. It is a good idea to send an email from your personal account to the email address you will provide for both your pastor and adoption agency informing them that they will receive a request to fill out a reference. In addition, it will be your responsibility to ensure they complete their reference. You may need to email them reminders. You can view the status of their reference in your grant application portal.
  • Once you submit your application and your references are complete, you have completed the application process. We will conduct an initial check to make sure everything is in order. If there are any issues, you will be asked to fix those issues before your application can be accepted. Once all issues are resolved, your application will be accepted. You will receive an email with the date you will hear from us regarding the outcome of your application.
  • All applicants will receive a letter from Show Hope regarding the outcome of their application. We regret that because of funding limitation, we are unable to fund approximately half of the qualified applications we receive. If you receive a grant, you will also get instructions on how and when funds are disbursed. Your agency will also receive a copy of your award letter along with instructions on what they need to do to receive funds. All funds are disbursed directly to the agency.
  • For international adoptions, funds are disbursed within three months of the travel date to complete the adoption, and for domestic adoptions they are disbursed when the child is placed in your home.

Again, due to limited funding, we regret that we are not always able to provide assistance to every qualified family. Therefore, we encourage you to seek additional sources of assistance. May each step of your adoption journey be blessed!

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.

Preparing for the Journey:

What do you do when a child who was adopted has night terrors? How can you handle attachment issues that you did not expect to have? Why are my normal parenting methods not getting through to my child who was adopted?

Many parents go into the adoption process with high expectations that go unmet, and many others encounter problems that they wish they had learned about earlier.

Show Hope is committed to helping parents pre and post adoption to deal with issues they can encounter with children who were adopted. To learn more, visit our page on Pre/Post Adoption Support.

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Additional Assistance

FAQs

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.
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. 
For example, if you travel to pick up your child(ren) during the period your grant is being considered, that will not affect your consideration for a grant. The agency must still request the grant check from Show Hope (see question 10), and can apply to any outstanding funds or reimburse you for funds already paid.
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. If you are applying for a new adoption, you will need to submit an online application. *Please note: If you are adopting two or more children at the same time, one application will suffice.
Show Hope grant amounts average $5,000. We have many qualified families who apply, and we regret that we are not able to assist them all. Show Hope encourages you to seek additional sources of adoption funding including potential support from your church as well as other grant organizations.
There is no set limit on income; however, financial need is a significant factor in our review process. There are also many other strong factors under consideration in the grant review process.
We are not able to award grants to families unless at least one parent is a U.S. citizen; keep in mind that your agency must be a licensed U.S. adoption agency and have a 501c3 certification.
No, we are not able to assist with adoptions that are not processed through a licensed, child- placing agency, so we do not award grants to families who are adopting independently. (A home study provider alone does not meet the requirement of a licensed, child-placing agency)
Yes, grants have been awarded to single parents. All prospective grant recipients must satisfy the same eligibility criteria outlined on our website.
While there are many fine adoption agencies through which to adopt, we do 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 for determining the agency with which to work.

Show Hope is a registered 501c3 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.

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ETC Conferences

Led by Dr. Karyn Purvis (Director of the TCU Institute of Child Development) together with Michael & Amy Monroe (Leaders of Tapestry Adoption & Foster Care Ministry), this 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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