Adoption resources

ONLINE RESOURCES
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Child Welfare Information Gateway: www.childwelfare.gov — Features facts and information about foster and domestic adoption

U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, IntercountryAdoption: http://adoption.state.gov/index.php — Features information on which countries are available for international adoption


PATRON SAINTS OF ADOPTION

St. Joseph
St. Thomas More
St. Clotilde
St. William of Rochester
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

AFFORDING ADOPTION
Financial concerns are a huge obstacle for many people; however, there are many grants and interest-free loans available for families desiring to adopt:

Adoption Tax Credit: www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html — The U.S. government may issue up to $13,170 (in 2011) for
qualified expenses paid to adopt an eligible child. This can change yearly, however, so check the above website for updated information.

Some employers have adoption assistance benefits to aid families desiring to adopt. Check with your employer to see if your job has any funding available.

Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption, by Julie Gumm, includes creative adoption fundraising
efforts such as sales, events, auctions, and more.

There are innumerable funds for awarding grants to facilitate adoptions. It requires research and some paperwork, but
it’s worth it to be able to bring your child home. Here are just a couple:

Lifesong for Orphans: www.lifesongfororphans.org/adGrantLoans.html — Interest-free loans and grants

Show Hope: www.showhope.org/AdoptionAid/Miracles.aspx — Provides adoption aid; founded by Christian singer Steven
Curtis Chapman and his family 

READ MORE ABOUT ADOPTION:
Adoption: Choosing It, Living It, Loving It, by Ray Guarendi is a must-read book for anyone considering adoption. It has an easy to read Q&A type format and is written by a Catholic psychologist who, with his wife, has ten children, all adopted.

The Call to Adoption: Becoming Your Child’s Family, by Jaymie Stuart Wolfe, is also recommended.

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