That's why we launched the Families Not Finances campaign. It raises money to help cover the cost of adoption so families of all means can have the ability to open their hearts and homes to some of the world's most vulnerable children.
The Families Not Finances effort will fund grants of varying amounts up to $10,000. The grants are assigned to specific children with special needs on our waiting child photolisting.
The Special Needs Adoption Fund, a long-time Holt offering, is also being funded through the Families Not Finances campaign. These monies are available to families who demonstrate need and the funds are not attached to a specific child.
Funds raised by the Families Not Finances campaign will also help support other children with special needs who may not be on the photolisting but are in Holt's care.
Not ready to adopt? We hope you'll consider donating to this campaign to help a child find a loving family.
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 5pm PST on Zoom
Here's your chance to hear from Kelly Ellison, an adoptive parent and fund development professional in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She has a passion for helping families raise money for their adoptions. From this passion she created the Adoption Finance Coaching System.
At Holt, we believe money should never stand between a child and a loving family. That’s why we launched the Families Not Finances campaign — to help cover the cost of adoption for families who have the desire and capacity to care for a waiting child with special needs, but may lack the financial means to cover all the fees and expenses required to adopt.
Funded through the generosity of Holt donors, special grants in the amount of $10,000 will go to help find families for children with special needs on Holt’s waiting child photolisting. These children were specifically identified to receive the grant because they have either waited the longest for a family or need the most help finding the right loving family capable of meeting their unique needs.
There are Special Blessings grants and other special grants of varying amounts available that are assigned to specific children and these are not based on financial aid.
All children with grants available can be seen in the Holt waiting child photolisting.
Grants are pre-assigned to specifically identified children with special needs on the Holt waiting child photolisting. Once a family has been approved to adopt one of these specific children, the $10,000 grant will automatically be awarded to the family to offset Holt’s adoption program fee.
Because our goal is to help children with special needs join the loving families they deserve, we want to eliminate as many barriers as possible. To that end, families do not have to demonstrate financial need to adopt a child pre-identified to receive a $10,000 grant.
In certain cases, families may also apply for a grant to adopt a child on the waiting child photolisting other than those who have already been pre-identified to receive the $10,000 adoption grant. These families will need to demonstrate financial need and will be approved on a case-by-case basis.
Yes! If a family receives a $10,000 adoption grant, they may still apply for additional funding through Holt to help cover their homestudy, travel expenses, etc. Families will need to demonstrate financial need to receive any additional funding above and beyond the $10,000 grant.
Of course! Families can apply for outside grants, loans and any other help they need to finance their adoption. To learn about different grant organizations, the Adoption Tax Credit, DIY fundraising, low or no-interest loans and other financial support available to prospective adoptive families, visit Holt’s Financial Assistance page.
Some do, but not all. The children who will receive these grants have waited years for a family. Some have special needs like cerebral palsy, dwarfism or Thalassemia. Some are part of sibling groups and need a family open to adopting two or three children. In some cases, their only special need is that they are older — 10, 11 or 12 years old and otherwise healthy.
Even if you can’t adopt, you can still help a waiting child join a loving family! Your gift to the Families Not Finances campaign will help cover adoption fees and expenses for a child who has waited longest or needs the most help finding the right loving family. Through your gift, you will also help provide food, medical care and education for other special needs children who are waiting.
We also need child advocates to share about the Families Not Finances campaign, the $10,000 grants available, and the children who wait! When you post about the campaign on social media, or share with your community, you could be the link between a loving family and a child who truly needs one.
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