Adoption  Resources

TAPESTRY

Tapestry is a wonderful support system for adoptive families. To find out about all of Tapestry’s upcoming events and activities please visit them at www.tapestryministry.org Or contact them at tapestry@irvingbible.org. Their Conference is coming up in October ..here is their link! http://tapestryconference.org

Resources that may be able to help Adoptive Families with the costs of adopting…

Texas Christian Adoptions works hard to keep the adoption placement fee as low as possible for our adoptive families, we realize adoptions can be expensive. For this reason many grant foundations help bear the costs of adoption. Adoptive families residing in Texas may be eligible to receive aid from the state. Texas residents are also eligible to apply for many nationwide adoption grants. If your thinking about financing your adoption, here are some helpful links that may be instrumental in finding financial assistance.

STATE ASSISTANCE

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services offers an adoption assistance program to help bear the costs associated with adopting a child with special needs. The program provides Medicaid health care coverage for the adopted child, which includes medical and dental care, eye care, medical equipment and psychiatric health care. Particular one-time expenses are eligible for reimbursement, up to $1,200 per adoption. Monthly payments are also provided to assist families with the child’s needs. Payments are determined based upon the adoptive family’s financial circumstances and the child’s special needs.

ADOPTION GRANTS

ABBA Fund

Provides adoption assistance for Christian families with adoption grants through their Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund.  Apply at http://www.abbafund.org/how-we-help/ if you desire to become a part of ABBA Fund’s growing community of families.

Boatner Family Foundation

The Boatner Family Foundation is a small group established in The Woodlands, Texas. The group provides grants ranging from $1,000 up to nearly $13,000 and requires that adoptive families have received approval from their agency. To apply, families must turn in a completed application and financial statement. Families must write to the foundation in order to request a formal grant application. Contact: The Boatner Foundation, P.O. Box 132272, The Woodlands, Texas 77393-2272.

Gift of Adoption

The Gift of Adoption awards grants for U.S. citizens adopting domestically and internationally. Applicants must have a completed home study from a licensed agency and submit a completed application, a copy of their most recent tax return and check stubs for all reported income earners, two letters of reference and a $50 application fee. Awarded grants range from $1,000 to $7,500. Apply at http: http://www.giftofadoption.org/apply/whoShouldApply.html.

Show Hope

Show Hope has provided adoption grants to families adopting from the United States and more than 50 countries. Prospective families must have completed “up to date” home study and be working with a licensed adoption agency. A typical grant from Show Hope averages $4,000, taking into account the financial need of the family involved. Families must submit a completed application along with a cover letter, completed questionnaire, statement of faith, net worth worksheet, cash flow worksheet, adoption agency letter, home study, tax forms and letter of recommendation from their pastor. For more information visit http://showhope.org/.

Help Us Adopt

Help Us Adopt awards grants in June and December, ranging from $500 to $15,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens demonstrating that they can provide a stable home environment but are facing significant financial difficulties and need help with adoption expenses.  Those applying must turn in a completed home study and cannot be pursuing infertility treatments. Priority is given to those who do not yet have children. Apply at http://www.helpusadopt.org/application.html.

God’s Grace Adoption Ministry

Uses matching grants to help eligible families meet adoption expenses. For more information, visit their website at https://ggam.org/apply/.

National Adoption Foundation

The National Adoption Foundation has helped over six thousand adoptive parents since 1993 to successfully grow their families with financial assistance from grants, loans and various other programs. Apply at http://fundyouradoption.org/adoption-grants/.

ADOPTION LOANS AND SUBSIDIES

America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU)

Provides personal loans to Christian couples. For more information visit http://www.americaschristiancu.com.

Lifesong for Orphans

Interest-free loans of $5,000 to $10,000 help couples overcome the initial “cash flow crunch” of adoption expenses. Maximize stewardship by utilizing the Federal Adoption Tax Credit offered by the government. Couples enter a covenant agreement to repay the loan through manageable payments. Repayments are used to help the current needs of new adopting families. For more information visit http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/adoption-funding/adoption-grants/

Adoption Tax Credit

The Adoption Tax Credit grants adoptive families a maximum income tax break to cover adoption expenses. Tax benefits for adoption include both a tax credit for qualified adoption expenses paid to adopt an eligible child and an exclusion for employer-provided adoption assistance. The credit is nonrefundable, which means it is limited to your tax liability for the year. The maximum amount (dollar limit) for 2017-2018 will be up to $13,570 per child.  Colores Adoptions recommends that adoptive parents and prospective parents seek tax advice from a legal or tax professional. For more information visit the official webpage for the IRS adoption tax credit at http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html

Employer Adoption Benefits

Many companies and government agencies are offering adoption benefits to their employees. Check with your employer to find out your company’s policies. Benefits may include:

  • Adoption information and referral services
  • Legal expenses
  • Agency fees
  • Medical expenses
  • Post adoption counseling
  • Paid or unpaid leave time for the adoptive parent
  • Financial reimbursement
Military Reimbursements

The Department of Defense Adoption Reimbursement Program reimburses military adoptive parents up to $2,000 per child. The maximum amount available in a given year is $5,000, even if both parents are in the military. Reimbursement is made after the adoption is finalized and if the adoption is completed through a licensed agency. Qualifying expenses include agency fees, home study fees, medical fees, legal fees and more.

A child with disabilities may also be eligible for up to $1,000 a month in assistance under the military’s program for persons with disabilities. In addition, the military’s Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to ensure that families of children with special needs are assigned to duty stations where the child’s needs can be met. For more information visit http://militaryadoption.org/.

ADDITIONAL ADOPTION INFORMATION

How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option

This is a comprehensive electronic booklet that details the expenses common to most adoptions. The booklet is provided by the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). The booklet is free and you may download HERE

Kelli Ellison at Voice America is a financial coach. She can help families with ideas on how to afford adoption. Here is her link: www.voiceamerica.com
Here is a resource if you reside in the Houston area…www.pathwaysforlittlefeet.org
A helpful book on ways to cover the costs of adoption  http:www.JulieGumm.com
Many families want to adopt, but do not have the large amount of money it takes to complete a private domestic or international adoption. Some quickly give up the idea of adopting and are left feeling

Here’s a book that has great ideas to help cover the costs to adopt.

Resources for Birth Parents 

Embrace Grace is a wonderful support for Birth parents who choose life for their child, and may not be sure of what they may do..parent or place for adoption..Embrace Grace walks and ministers with these brave women during her pregnancy so they get the support they need. Their vision is for every girl with an unplanned pregnancy to have a church to go to for spiritual, emotional and physical support.

Embrace Grace, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing emotional, practical and spiritual support for single, young women and their families who find themselves in an unintended pregnancy. The primary goal of Embrace Grace is to empower churches across the nation to be a safe and non-judging place for the girls to run to when they find out they are pregnant, instead of the last place they are welcomed because of shame and guilt. If you would like to learn more about them, go to http://www.embracegrace.com Their phone number is 817-755-8484

PREGNANCY CENTERS

Their are many pregnancy centers around the city to help guide and support Birthmothers who are considering parenting and possibly adoption, but need some guidance and support..here are some of their numbers:

Real Choices Pregnancy Medical Clinic (CURO) is in Grapevine is wonderful. The staff are very compassionate and understanding. Their number is 817-488-2668 website is www.ecfa.org

Pregnancy Help4U in Keller is a wonderful resource for Birthmothers in that area. Their number is (817) 753-6222 and their web address is www.pregnancyhelp4u.org

Mid Cities Pregnancy Center is a remarkable center found in both the Hurst and Irving area. Their number in the Hurst area is 817-577-4387 and in Irving its 214-441-3460. Their website is http://mcpregnancy.org

Downtown Pregnancy Center (Dallas) is a friendly and very helpful center located in the center of downtown Dallas. Their address is 525 North Ervay, Dallas, Texas 75201 and their phone number is 214-969-2433.  Their website is www.downtownpregnancycenter.com/

Fort Worth Pregnancy Center maintains a comfortable and loving environment for their Birth parents. Their address is 3221 Cleburne Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76110. Their website is http://fwpc.org/

Real Options for Women is another supportive Pregnancy Center located in Plano, Texas. Their phone number is 972-424-5144, and their web address is www.realoptionsforwomen.com

Prestonwood Pregnancy Center is another wonderful center located in the center of north Dallas. Their number is 972-386-4015 and their website is www.prestonwoodpregnancy.org

 

Recommended Family Law Attorneys in the Dallas/Fort Worth area…

An adoption attorney I have known for over twenty years and have worked closely with in the Dallas area is David C. Cole, P.C. David Cole is an attorney, specializing in adoption and assisted reproduction. From 1987 through 1993, Mr. Cole represented Dallas County Child Protective Services in suits affecting the parent-child relationship. Following that, Mr. Cole handled the civil prosecution of every case investigated through the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. His phone number is 214-363-5117, and his address is 3631 Fairmount Street, Dallas, Texas 75219, and his email address is info@adoptlegal.com. You can learn more about Dave Cole on his website www.adoptlegal.com

Another adoption attorney I have had the pleasure to work with in the Fort Worth area is Eric Freeby from Brown Pruitt Wambsganss Ferrill & Dean P.C. Mr. Freeby’s practice is devoted almost exclusively to adoption law, which includes independent domestic adoption, agency domestic adoption, international adoption, interstate (ICPC) adoption, special needs adoption, contested adoption, grandparent, stepparent and other family adoptions, as well as Texas Department of Family and Protective Services/Foster care adoptions, mediation, cases involving the Indian Welfare Act and adoption agency representation. Mr. Freeby also practices in the field of assisted reproduction. His contact information is as follows: 201 Main Street, Suite 801, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. His phone number is (817) 338-4888. Or toll free at (866) 433-6952. HIs email address is efreeby@brownpruitt.com. You can learn more by going to http://adoptionbp.com

Adoption Consultant in the Houston area… 

Kathie Otte has been involved in the infertility and adoption field since 1980.  As a result of her own personal experience with infertility and adoption, Kathie started her business as an Adoption Consultant in 1995, educating, guiding and supporting adoptive couples on their road to adoption. At the request of the Houston Organization for Parent Education, Kathie wrote and developed the curriculum for an Adoptive Parenting Class.  She has taught that class for over 15 years, helping families get ready for their long awaited child. Her website is: http://www.adoptionlady.com

Books on Adoption recommended by my Adoptive Parents…

You Can Adopt Without Debt – by Julie Gumm

The cost of adopting a child can be expensive, on average, ranging between $20,000 to $50,000, but there are creative and innovative ways for prospective parents to raise funds that will help them cover the costs without creating an unnecessary financial burden or a skyrocketing debt. As a well-respected expert, adoptive parent and author, Julie Gumm’s latest book, You Can Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption, (Abingdon Press) offers trusted advice and practical insight on how to pay for adoption.

The Whole Brain Child – 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Childs Developing Mind  – Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson

Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson have an ability to translate complex scientific things into words that the rest of us can understand. This is an easy read, especially considering that it is a book about neuroscience. Almost all of us can explain the difference between the left brain and right brain, but fewer can explain the differences between the downstairs brain and upstairs brain; the emotional brain and the logical brain. This book helped me learn about the upstairs brain and downstairs brain. A game changer at our house. In my opinion, there are only three types of people who should read this book; people who have kids, people who work with others who were once kids, and people who were once kids themselves.

I wished for you: An Adoption Story Personalized Book- by Marianne Richmond.

This touching story, available to personalize for your very special boy or girl, is the perfect gesture to show your little one how hard you wished for them and how unconditionally you love them. From award-winning illustrator and bestselling author Marianne Richmond comes a comforting story for adoptive parents and children. Customize this book to tell your family’s unique story and express to your child how blessed you are to have them to love and adore forever. About the book: With sincerity and affection, I Wished for You is a beautiful story about a mother’s unconditional love for her child. Adorable, accessible prose paired with serene watercolor illustrations, this book overflows with love. The story features an inquisitive little bear (your child) who learns from Mama Bear how families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, but are brought together by caring and devotion. A perfect gift or treasure for all adoptive families, this narrative explores the many questions adopted children have. In a loving and honest way, the story confronts tough questions like Is it okay that we don’t look alike? and Why didn’t the mama that grew me in her tummy wish for me? The story also encourages heartwarming questions like Did you wish for me all day?Did you wish for me by name?, and What did you do when you first held me?

Personalize this special book and document the story behind your wish that came true, and have it to share for always and forever. It is on sale for $24.99. I found it on this link: http://www.putmeinthestory.com/personalized-books/i-wished-for-you.html

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