There are several ways to grow your family through adoption.
There’s private adoption, international adoption, domestic adoption, and
adoption through foster care. All of these come with different expenses. The
least expensive way to adopt is going through the state and to adopt out of the
foster care system. Adopting from foster care can be free to around $2,000,
depending on the situation and where you live.
If you choose to go a different route, adoption can be very
expensive! Luckily, there are ways to help cover these costs. When my husband
and I adopted we knew that adopting would be a major expense. We sat down and
created a budget that allowed us to put money in savings every month. We also
had two yard sales and did a few small fundraisers to help raise money. Despite all the saving and fundraising we still
didn’t have enough to pay the full amount, so we decided to research grants. We
spent time finding grants and figuring out which ones we could apply for. I
googled adoption grants and found some information on Pinterest. I read that a
small percentage of people actually receive grants, so we applied for a lot of
grants, (14 to be exact) without the expectation of actually receiving one.
This took a lot of time and organization and I wondered if it would be worth
it. We ended up receiving 5 of the 14 grants we applied for. These grants
ranged from $500-$5,000. The first one we received was $5,000, and wow, we were
thrilled. Grants paid a large portion of our adoption expenses.