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

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Step 2: The Application Process

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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

Can you send me a grant application packet?
Can we start the application process if we do not have an agency yet?
At what point in the adoption process may an Adoption Assistance Grant Application be submitted?
What types of adoptions qualify for grant assistance?
When are your application deadline dates?
How will we know when our application is complete?
May we have some of our application documents sent directly to Show Hope?
When are grants awarded?
How will we be notified about the outcome of the review process?
How do we receive the grant if we are awarded one?
What if my adoption is completed during the grant review process?
If we receive a regrets letter, may we re-apply or be reconsidered?
Is it possible to apply with Show Hope if you have received a grant in the past?
What is the monetary amount of grants awarded?
Do you award grants based on income?
Do you give grants to non-U.S. citizens?
Do you award grants to families adopting independently?
May single parents apply for adoption financial assistance?
Can you send me information on adoption, or can you answer questions concerning a particular adoption process?
What adoption agencies do you recommend?

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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