Through the years, Holt families have received over

dollars in financial assistance.

You can do it, and we can help!

Holt believes finances should never stop a child from having a loving family, and many resources are available to help prospective families offset the cost of adoption. However, it's not always clear where to start looking or what opportunities are best suited for your family. To help you consider all your options, we provide an outline of financial assistance, as well as a list of resources categorized by type.

Please note: The information provided on this page is for your information and consideration only and is not an endorsement of these organizations or companies.

Adoption Finance Coaching

Our team of adoption finance coaches will help you create a comprehensive financial plan that matches your adoption plan.

Do you qualify for these?

Here are some easy ways that you can receive some financial assistance to help you reach your adoption fundraising goal! Click on the links to see if you are eligible.

Many families choose to consider loan options to cover some of the costs of adoption. Talk to your financial institution, lender or financial advisor to see if there is an option that works for you.

Adoption Grants

Adoption grants are a great way to cover some of your family's adoption expenses. Before applying, it is important to check for grant eligibility criteria and application deadlines. Most grant organizations accept applications after the family has an approved homestudy and will administer funds directly to the family's service provider.

Here are just a few of the grants that are available:

DIY Fundraising

Grants and low-interest loans are a great way to raise money for your adoption, but often, you can't rely on them alone. Luckily, countless resources exist to help families offset the cost of adoption through creative and community-based projects. In fact, many families are able to cover more of their costs by raising money independently. Here are just a few DIY resources:

Here are a couple stories of families who raised money for the full cost of their child's adoption in fun and creative ways! If you are hoping to adopt, but need help raising funds, we hope that their stories inspire you and give you the courage to get started!

Do's and Don'ts of DIY Fundraising


1. Involve your family, friends and community. They want to help, and they will be excited to be a part of your adoption journey.



1. Do not use fundraising as your first method to cover adoption costs. Adoption is a lifelong commitment and should not be considered without serious discussions about how adding a child to your family will affect your finances long term.


Holt's Special Needs Adoption Fund

Since 1994, Holt has granted $1.6 million to about 700 families, with an average grant amount of $2,280.

Families on track to adopt a child with special needs through Holt — and who have a demonstrated financial need — may apply for a grant from the Special Needs Adoption Fund. If you think you may qualify, please inquire with Holt staff.

Other Adoption Resources

Creating a Family
Here are 9 ways that an average person can pay for adoption.

Pathways for Little Feet
Interest-free loans to adoptive families. No religious criteria.

The Sparrow Fund
Grants awarded for professional adoption support services, such as medical consultations and pre-adoption counsel, for both non-special needs and special needs adoptions. Visit their website for a broad list of adoption-related medical/counseling resources.

Adopt Together
A nonprofit crowdfunding platform helping families raise money to pay for adoption costs.

One Mission Fundraising
One Mission sells products to buyers who then choose which fundraiser to help fund. You are able to promote your cause while receiving 40% of the proceeds.

A community of adoptive families that share their stories and help in reducing financial barriers to adoption.

Children's Lantern
On Children’s Lantern, you can apply to be a featured family and they will help you promote your adoption fundraising efforts.

Adoption Resource Databases:

Child Welfare Information Gateway



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