The grant application is only available online. We are not able to mail hard copies of our application. All details concerning Adoption Aid grants 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:
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 two weeks after submission. You may login to your account to view the status of the reference forms and should contact references directly as needed.
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 Aid 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 an Adoption Aid grant 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.
We have developed HowtoAdopt.org as a resource to answer the many questions you might have concerning international, domestic, or adoptions from foster care. It is both a source of information and a guide to help people navigate through the various aspects of adoption. Show Hope is not an adoption agency.
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 between children and families. If we have not answered your question, please contact us.