Domestic Adoption Grant Program

A Child Waits Foundation is committed to reducing financial  barriers to adoption by providing grants to families adopting a baby or child domestically. All children need and deserve a loving and supportive family.  In 2019 we expanded our Adoption Grant Program to include adoptions in the United States and in 2020 despite Covid-19 we awarded 62 grants to families adopting domestically. 

Eligibility Criteria

We accept applications from anyone adopting internationally, regardless of race, age,
ethnicity, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. 

United States or Canadian Citizens

Adopting Domestically

Current Gross Income Less Than $150,000*

*See FAQ's for more information. 

Types of Adoptions Funded

  • Private Adoptions of Newborns or Older Children

  • Sibling Groups or Reunification of Siblings

  • Foster Children if Expenses are not Paid by the State

  • Children from an Adoption Disruption/Dissolution

The adoption of a child who is already living with the family will also be considered for a grant.

When to Apply

After you have:

  • Completed the Home Study

Selection of Applicants

The selection of applicants Is based on a combination of the following factors:

  • ​Cost of the Adoption

  • Families' Financial Situation

  • Availability of Funds at A Child Waits Foundation   

Our Application Procedures

Ongoing Process

Our process is ongoing and applications are accepted at any time during the year.  There are no application deadlines to be met.

Submission to the Board

All applications are presented to the Board of Directors for their review and final decision.  Grant decisions and grant amounts are determined by our Board. 

Applications  Can Be Expedited

Under special circumstances, A Child Waits  can expedite the grant review process.  This often occurs when a match is made sooner than anticipated or you are matched with a baby who is already born.  

Adoption Delays

If your adoption is significantly delayed, updated forms and any new or additional information regarding your child will be requested when the adoption is able to proceed.


All grant applicants will be notified of the Board's decision whether approved or denied. 

Steps in the Application Process

Step 1 - Preliminary Assessment and Receipt of Application

When we receive the application, there will be a preliminary assessment to be sure the applicants and adoption meet our general criteria. 

Families may apply at any point in the adoption process and applications may be submitted once a homestudy has been completed. We will accept applications without the baby or child's information if the information is not  available at the time the family chooses to apply.

Step 2 - Application Status and Completion

If you are waiting for the baby to be born or waiting to be chosen by a birth mother A Child Waits will keep your application in a pending status until after the baby is born or you have identified a child to be adopted.  Your application will be complete once we receive the picture and medical of the child.

Step 3 - Application Review

Prior to your application being reviewed  by the Board,  you will be contacted to clarify any information, to ascertain the timing of the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) and when applicable, the length of the revocation period.

Step 4 - Grant Decision

The Board will review your application to determine if a grant will be approved and the amount of the grant award.  You will be notified of the decision. 

Step 5 - Grant Disbursement

Funds will be disbursed once A Child Waits confirms  with the agency or attorney:


1) That placement has occurred.

2) The Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) has been signed and the revocation period has ended.

Our Funding Process


Adoption Expenses

Grant funds will be disbursed for qualified adoption expenses, including attorney fees, travel and other adoption related expenses.

How Grants are Paid

The funds will be sent to the adoption professional, which may be your agency or attorney.  If all the required fees have been paid, we have the ability to send the grant funds directly to the family.

When Grants are Paid

Grant funds are intended for final adoption costs and in most cases are not released until the termination of parental rights (TPR) has been signed and the revocation period has ended.

Grant Amounts

​Grant amounts are based on several factors, but will usually not exceed $7,000.

Funding Availability

Requests for financial assistance may outweigh resources, and we regret that A Child Waits Foundation may not be able to provide adoption aid to every qualified family. 

After You Are Home

A Child Waits Foundation requests a brief summary of your adoption and pictures after your child is home.   If the family gives written consent, A Child Waits Foundation may use your pictures and adoption summary, without last names, on our website or other publications. These pictures and stories may help other prospective families through the stressful process of adoption.  

Domestic Grant Program FAQ's

8. Can I apply for a grant after my adoption is complete?

No, new applications will not be accepted after the adoption has been finalized.

9. If I am not approved for a grant, can I apply again?

No, all decisions are final and you may only apply once for the same adoption.

3. Do you accept grant applications if the chld has already been placed with a family?

Yes, as long as the adoption has not been finalized in court, we will accept applications from families adopting a child who is already living in their home.

1. Can I apply for a grant if I haven't been matched with a child or birth mother?

Yes, you can apply for a grant but your application will not be presented to the Board for final review until we receive a picture and medical for the child or baby being adopted.

2. If I apply for a grant and the birth mother match is unsuccessful, what happens to my application?

We will hold your application until you receive another match. You do not need to send in a new application but we may ask for updated information if there is an extended delay.

7. If I am approved for a grant, how will the grant be paid?

In most cases we will send the grant check directly to an adoption professional which may be your agency or attorney. In some circumstances we can send the grant funds directly to the family.

4. If I have already paid most of my adoption fees, can I still apply for a grant?

Yes, if most of your adoption fees have already been paid you can still apply to A Child Waits Foundation. Our grants can be used for final adoption costs including agency fees, attorney fees and travel to bring home your child.

6. Can I apply for a grant if I am working with an attorney and not an adoption agency?

Yes, whether you are working with a placing agency, attorney or a matching service, we will accept your application.

5. If I make more than $150,000 can I apply for a grant?

We will only consider families with an income over $150,000 if we have spoken with the family and determined there are extenuating circumstances. Please do not apply without calling our Foundation to be certain that we are able to accept your application.

10. Can I apply for a loan for domestic adoption?

No, we do not have a loan program for domestic adoption.