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Gift of Adoption Fund Inc

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Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth

Mission: Gift of Adoption inspires adoption by providing grants to qualified parents – giving children who need families a permanent home and a chance to thrive.

Results: More than 2,200 children from across the U.S. and around the world adopted into permanent and loving families.

Programs: Adoption Assistance Grants

Community Stories

420 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amanda V.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption was so great to work with and the application process was thorough and seamless. We were really impressed! We will forever be thankful to Gift of Adoption helping ease some of the burden of our private adoption. Our story was a whirlwind and we're so grateful that Gift of Adoption is a part of it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

GOA was a wonderful. They made the application for a grant more simple then other places. Whenever I needed assistance they were ready to help with my needs. We can't thank them enough for their financial assistance in the adoption of our baby.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption helped my husband & I be able to adopt our son by providing us with a generous grant. Without the help of GOA, we likely wouldn’t have been able to finance our adoption in time, as we were matched fairly quickly after completing our home study. GOA saved the day & send the grant directly to our adoption agency. All of the staff we spoke with at GOA were so kind, compassionate, & lovely! The application process was smooth & didn’t feel as invasive as some of the other agencies we applied to for assistance. GOA was by far the best of all the nonprofits we communicated with during our journey towards adoption! It’s impossible to put in to words the gratitude in our hearts for GOA’s help in bringing home our son Arlo. Our lives have been forever changed thanks to the wonderful people at Gift of Adoption & all their wonderful staff, board, & donors! It’s unfortunate that the high expense of adoption prevents some couples from following their dreams to become parents. Gift of Adoption helped make our dream come true, & we are now the proudest parents of this little bundle of pure joy!!!

Melissa B.14

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption is the BEST! Adoption is costly and they take away some of the financial burden. They are very easy to work with and the turn around time is exceptional. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. They have helped me with the final costs in THREE adoptions now. They help EVERYONE with no restrictions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was skeptical at first of Gift of Adoption only because we had not heard of them and found them through an online search. We were looking for additional grant funds as our adoption switched from adopting one child to a sibling group. Besides the added expenses with switching to two children instead of one, we were also going to travel and bring our children home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic made travel much more logistical challenging and much more expensive. So, I did some research on Gift of Adoption and liked what I read, especially from BBB. Gift of Adoption communicated proactively and was very responsive right from the beginning. They were open and honest with us throughout the process explaining timelines and managing our expectations.

Our need seemed to meet their mission and we granted just what we needed to get our children home at the right time. We would have made it work somehow without Gift of Adoption but exactly how we do not know. Gift of Adoption allowed us to not scrounge and worry at the last moment, but instead allowed us to focus on our growing family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had already spent a great deal of money on the adoption process and we were just about tapped out. Thanks to the Gift of Adoption Fund Inc, we were awarded enough money to finish paying for our attorney fees and complete our adoption with ease. It was a simple process and they were a huge gift for us in the end.

ElspethBlayney

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption is a wonderful, caring non-profit that helped us reach our goals and blessed us so much!!!

We were surprised by a phone call asking us to adopt a baby girl January 24th, 2020. At this time we thought that we would have weeks to file for Grants as the she was not due for 5 weeks.

However, Two days later, we received the news that our daughter had been born and we were asked how quickly could we arrive to the hospital. A few hours and driving through a blizzard later, we found ourselves holding our beautiful newborn daughter. We would go on to spend the next 11 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the Providence Alaska Medical Center.

With the sudden placement our concerns were all financial. We knew in our hearts that we were meant to adopt her, but our hopes of receiving many grants were soon dashed as we learned of a specific condition that nearly every grant had. They mandate that the child could not be placed with the adoptive family prior to the time of application. With most adoptions this is not an issue as the process is much slower and the adoptive family has the opportunity of applying for help while awaiting a match. Given our extreme circumstances with such a quick placement of our daughter into our care, we unknowingly blew right through this time frame.

Thankfully there was one grant (Gift of Adoption Fund inc.) that did not have this requirement, and we applied. The day we found out that we received the Grant, we reached our goal. Needless to say there was much rejoicing in the Blayney Home.

Our court date is in just a few days and we are eternally grateful for the assistance that Gift of Adoption Fund has given us. We highly recommend Gift of Adoption Fund Inc. The process was fairly painless and once we were approved the agency received the funds promptly!

We look forward to sharing our very positive experience with Gift of Adoption Fund with all the families who express a heart for adoption. God Bless You All!
~Elspeth Blayney

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption helped our dreams of becoming a family come true! Thank you gift of adoption for choosing us to be a grant recipient. We will be forever thankful!

1 Becky Klein H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption provided us with a generous grant to help fund our adoption of a 16 year old boy from Honduras. It was a very easy application process. The staff is very kind.

Benjamin F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption was a God send for us! The grant they gave us was instrumental in being able to come up with the much needed funds to complete the adoption of our two children from Bulgaria. Without it, we would not have been able make the travel arrangements as quickly as we did. With the challenge of COVID-19 and not having a lot of success with fundraising, this grant was exactly what we needed, at the time we needed it. Thank you Gift of Adoption!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of adoption helped us enormously in our journey to bringing our son home. We are so grateful!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption helped us make our dream of growing our family through adoption a reality. After years of paying for infertility treatments, a disrupted adoption, and a second adoption match of a medically fragile child during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were financially drained. We thought we may not be able to make the adoption of our son a reality. Thanks to the wonderful team at Gift of Adoption we were able to get the last funds we needed to bring our son home. The team was great to work with and made our dreams come true!

Joab F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption helped us adopt our little girl this year! I love how they are focused on the child and want to help the children at risk of going to foster care or those with the greatest need. They are one of the most professional and transparent grants we have worked with.

1 Morgan T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so incredibly thankful for the Gift of Adoption Fund! The grant that we received through them made it possible for us to adopt our daughter! The financial implications of adoption can be incredibly daunting, but having received this grant allowed us to walk through this process with a little more peace of mind. We couldn't recommend them more!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very generous nonprofit that helped our family so much with the grant they awarded us so we could have some help with the expenses of our adoption.

Donor

Rating: 5

Over the last two years my husband and I were going through the process of adoption we were unable to have children so this was the perfect route for us. During this time our lawyer had suggested we start applying for grants and loans to help us pay for everything and we came across gift of adoption as one of the possibilities to help us fund our adoption. They were an amazing company to work with and very attentive to our needs as a couple. We did end up being a receipt of a grant from them which was a blessing because at the time our daughter was in the NICU in Memphis Tennessee and we were not sure what bills were going to come out of it. This was a true blessing and the company was so good to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing! They were easy to work with, kept us the most informed of any grant provider we worked with; all in all; a 10 out of 10.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption helped us with financial support when we were in the process of adopting during the pandemic. Highly recommend this nonprofit!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting our grant was easy and the communication was amazing. It relieved a lot of stress of paying for the adoption and got us out of debt.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption has a calling to help adoptive families fulfill their dreams of bringing a son of a daughter home. Gift of adoption granted us a monetary gift during our last adoption in 2019. The application process was easy and the respond was very timely. We feel so blessed and privileged to have received support from Gift of Adoption. We will be forever thankful!!

Becca H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption has become a part of our family circle! The donors, volunteers and admin have been a blessing to our family for multiple years now! We will forever be grateful for Gift of Adoption!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization- friendly people, a caring process that does their due diligence to ensure they help as many families as they can!

Martin H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were a grant recipient of this organization but more than that, this organization has felt more like a home and community than just a grant making organization. They have followed up with us and stayed in contact with us before and after our grant. I would highly recommend this organization. Thank you Gift of Adoption!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption was organized, communicative, and easy to work with. The grant money they provided us helped us get our son home from China in February 2020, at the peak of the Coronavirus travel restrictions and quarantines. We are so grateful to GoA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption stepped in to help us with an international adoption which went very quickly. We had less time to save or fundraise than we had anticipated. While we were delighted to be meeting our daughter sooner than we had originally planned, we were worried about the finances. Gift of Adoption provided a grant which significantly helped alleviate the financial burden. We are incredibly grateful!

Laurie L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

With help of this generous nonprofit I was able to fulfill my dream of adopting my granddaughter. She is the love of my life and brings me immeasurable joy.
She was born in New York and I adopted her in Florida. The expenses were much greater than I anticipated. Gift of Adoption’s application was simple to fill out and I was notified rather quickly. It was an amazing and wonderful experience.

Leah L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Gift of Adoption it was possible to bring my son home with only a week notice! As a single parent who works for a non-profit I had no idea how I was going to do it. When the adoption agency let me know a baby with the same disability as my 9 yr old was going to be born the following weekend , I knew he belonged with us. The amazing support from everyone at Gift of Adoption helped make this happen! Mahalo nui loa to everyone at this wonderful organization ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family is so thankful for the generosity of Gift of Adoption, and their support of our adoption. Their grant helped pay the last of our agency fees due so we could travel to bring our son home without delays. He has been home 7 months now and has been such a blessing to our now family of four his little brother absolutely loves having a big brother to play with and it feels like Trey has been a part of our family always. Our adoption would not have been possible without the kindness and support of agencies like Gift of Adoption. Thank you all again so much for all you do!!

Marinda W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We absolutely love Gift of Adoption!! They blessed us during our previous Adoption, and again this time! A true blessing! ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This grant has been an incredibly huge blessing for us!! Money is a very real hurdle in the adoption process and we were amazed and encouraged that we were awarded this grant!!! We can not wait to get levi home with us!! Thank you so much !!!

Sheila J.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Shaneetra Gross is nothing short of amazing with the work she does at Gift Of Adoption !

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were the proud recipients of an adoption grant from Gift of Adoption in 2019. The application process was simple, and their communication with us was terrific. Domestic adoption is an expensive endeavor, yet the grant we received helped us bridge the gap and ensure that we were able to bring our precious baby girl home! We will always be indebted to Gift of Adoption and honored to be one of their families!

Rebekah C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I were awarded a grant through Gift of Adoption. Without this funding we would have had to go further into debt during the adoption process. We were able to finalize our adoption in March and have completed our family with the adoption of our sweet daughter. We have truly been blessed by adoption. Gift of Adoption made the process easy. They were friendly and easy to work with. They made the application process simple and were helpful when I had questions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GOA helped us make our dream come true! They were so easy to work with and gave us the grant we needed to be able to complete our adoption process. I recommend them to anyone planning to adopt that needs financial assistance. If you can please supprt GOA! They are a great organization for helping make a familys dream come true and helping babies find their families.

Christy R.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Gift of Adoption was truly amazing! We simply shared our adoption journey with them and they chose to be a part of it in this very practical way. We are so grateful for organizations like this who help the most vulnerable children find a forever home.

Bernardo C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Family is forever grateful for the grant we have been assigned. We were so hopeful to finally have the chance to bring my three nieces home from the Philippines this summer. Unfortunately, the adoption process has really slowed down to almost a standstill because of Covid 19 pandemic. Its really hard to believe our adoption process so close but still so far from happening. Thank you GOA for following up on our adoption journey. Let us all be safe this challenging times.

JdDrinkard

Client Served

Rating: 5

Through Gif of Adoption we were able to make our family whole and fulfill the calling God has placed on us. We will forever be grateful for them and what they have done for our family and so many families like ours.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is doing things that the world should know about. Our family was able to not worry about finances at a time when the cost associated with adoption was going to be a real struggle in the first year of our adopted son's life. Mommy was able to spend the first 8 months of our son's life at home with him and it was a God-send. We simply cannot thank Gift of Adoption enough, and will forever be grateful for their kindness and generousity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible. I had a horrific adoption journey, with over 10 years of trying and three terrible disruptions in the last year alone.

I literally could not have adopted without their help. I am eternally grateful and also have the best baby on the planet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

With the grant of adoption I would not have my daughter today. I'm so blessed to have been awarded the grant.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption has provided my family the hope and opportunity that is completely unmatched by any other agency. I am happy to say the lifelong promise adoption gives a special child is earth shattering. Thank you to your team of workers who helped and supported my dream. Without this funding this could have never happened.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This agency was a life saver for me and my wife. They where able to help us receive the final funds need to bring home our baby.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our son just over 8 months ago. To be honest, without the financial support and generosity from Gift of Adoption Fund Inc, we would not have been able to afford the costs associated with our son's adoption. We now have the family we've always dreamed of and the Gift of Adoption is a huge reason why our dream finally came true.

Amanda S.17

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work this charity does is amazing. We are so grateful to know of them and to have received a grant from them. It helped us tremendously during our adoption. During the granting process, they were easy to work with and they provide transparent information to potential grantees. We are so appreciative to all the people that are involved in keeping GOA running.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This grant helped up complete our adoption to bring our second daughter home!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of adoption has been generous and an invaluable support to bringing home our twin boys from Sierra Leone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption was extremely supportive through the adoption process and made it possible for us to bring our baby girl home!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption made it possible for my husband and me to adopt Ethan. This grant was easy to apply for and allowed us to be relieved of some of the financial stress of adoption. Once we were matched with our birth mom and awarded the grant we were able to focus on preparing for baby Ethan. Everyone we worked with at Gift of Adoption was very helpful and explained the process so we knew what to expect in each step of applying for the grant. We are very grateful for our grant award!

2 Risa Wilhite G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you gift of adoption for helping us bring home our daughter! After years of not getting pregnant we knew that adoption was 100% the right path for us. We knew our child was out there waiting for us. But we needed help with the high cost. You were there and helped make this dream a reality. We can't thank you enough for helping us complete our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thankful for this grant and the people behind it who work so hard to ensure that adoption finance hurdles are overcome! Our family will be forever grateful!

1 Jake P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the help we received from Gift of Adoption. We budgeted for one child and ended up adopting a second on short notice! The staff were very clear about the timeline from application to approval and made themselves readily available throughout the process. Getting funds released was painless as well. I'm so glad I applied, and I hope to partner again in the future!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


When you are adopting a child, it can be an overwhelming experience! People tell you about grants, but you have no idea which ones to apply for, or how you will make it all work out. It is an incredibly vulnerable thing to send off information on your home study and ask people who don't even know you to give money so you can bring your child home! Gift of Adoption handled this process so professionally and courteously! And above all, they granted us money! Of all the myriad of grants to which we applied, they were the only ones who awarded us. It has been such a blessing, as it literally will pay the orphanage fee that we would not have been able to pay without it! The staff in emails have been so nice and genuinely seem to care about our adoption, which also goes a long way! We are so blessed that people give to this nonprofit, and that they have in turn given to us! Our beautiful and perfect son will be coming home in three weeks, thanks to Gift of Adoption!!

1 Kim Ruble P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was hesitant to apply for a grant that had an application fee. However, at the advice of our agency, we did apply for a grant from Gift of Adoption, and they were amazing!!! They were so quick to reply and to help us meet our need in bringing our boys home. THANK YOU, Gift of Adoption for making the process painless and worth our time to apply!

1 Cyndi R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Having adopted internationally twice, the first for a sibling set of three older children and the second time for one older child I have applied to my share of charities. Gift of Adoption was by far the easiest to apply for and the friendliest and easiest to deal with throughout the process and in funding. Any adoption requires immense amount of paperwork, international also adds in dealing with immigration and their appointments and paperwork. It's crazy. What is even more crazy is a charity requiring 15-27 pages of paperwork to participate. I actually found a charity that required a 17 page application for a $500 grant. They wanted information that even my homestudy didn't require. Adoptive parents are already stretching themselves in so many ways it can be so frustrating/discouraging to discover the requirements to get help. I so appreciate that GOA so obviously wanted to help and wasn't going to require me to do a crazy amount of paperwork to get that help. I highly recommend GOA and am so grateful they helped up bring home our daughter. She is a blessing and is fitting in and learning what it means to be in a family and be loved.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption is an awesome organization with awesome people. They are very efficient. They will go out of their way to assist you with your adoption. Even if grant funding is not available at the headquarters they will reach out to the closest chapter to your geographical location to see if they can assist.

Thank you for all you do! keep up the great work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption did so much to help us bring out daughter home. Without the kindness and generosity of the donors of Gift of Adoption our Leah may not have made it home. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

1 Brian T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoption Fund Inc was a joy to work with! Easy process that made sense and wasn't over the top. Great responsiveness any time I reached out with a question. They were professional and did amazing work! Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GoA was such an incredible experience for us! As first time parents, the adoption world was brand new to us, and after experiencing our own version of the roller coaster, we were so excited to bring home our baby girl. At the same time we had lost thousands of dollars to scams and disruptions throughout our journey, and so having a safe, thorough, and smooth organization to apply to made us feel safe and that our finalization was possible.

1 Casandra W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We applied for multiple upon multiple grants and Gift of Adoption is the only one that had mercy on us. We adopted our precious two under two with very little notice and were not prepared as we would have been if it had been the predicted 18 months. We will never forget the kindness and generosity shown to us by the Gift of Adoption. We look forward to the day we can return the favor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Gift of Adoptions grants us $3,000 to help us pay for our adoption. Our Birth mom was a drug user and had already had our daughter when we met the birth mom. Our daughter, because of the Lord alone, is completely healthy and the happiest baby in the world. She is our biggest blessing and we thank the Lord for maker her for us!

1 Jaclyn S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful that we were considered for a grant. We were very ready to accept, until our adoption disrupted sadly. However the organization was super genuine and kind and asked us to resubmit once matched again. We definitely will and pray we get selected again in order to help us as we lost so much during the first 2 disruptions that occurred within months of each other. I'm thankful for an opportunity to apply and be offered to resubmit. They are a great foundation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for Gift of Adoption Fund! We were getting ready to finish up our adoption and still had a large amount of travel expenses to cover in order to go pick up our children. Gift of Adoption Fund helped us in a huge way and their generous gift helped us be able to cover our remaining expenses! We are so grateful for them partnering with us to bring our two kids home!

1 David W.9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much for the incredible generosity you have displayed. It has been a tremendous blessing and help for us and bringing our son home, and every day we reap the benefits of your generosity as Calvin learns new things and brings joy to so many people in our lives, at our church, and in our neighborhood.

Our entire experience with gift of adoption was a wonderful one. You all were incredibly gracious, and it's beautiful to see how much you care about helping those who need a forever family.

-David and Emily

1 Ellen Scott F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience so far has been wonderful! The forms were not difficult to fill out. The responses and communications from Gift of Adoption have kept us informed of the process at each step along the way. The gift that was then awarded to us literally shocked us by it's generosity! We are involved in an adoption social community that are equally overjoyed at the results and many that we know who are in the process of adoption also plan to reach out to Gift of Adoption.

Thank You So Much and May God Bless You All,

Scott & Ellen Faulkner

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with Gift of Adoption was quite simply, amazing. The assistance they provided us was invaluable. The application process was clear and concise. Communication was always prompt and positive. We had an amazing experience working with them and are forever grateful for their help!