We know that the cost of international adoption is a barrier to many families. Our goal at CCAI is to keep our agency costs as low as possible to make adoption available to as many families as possible. In addition to keeping our costs low, we are happy to support your efforts in fundraising for your adoption. Here are some resources and ideas to help you on your fundraising journey:

Frequently asked questions about Grants

Release Form

Applying for Grants and Low Interest Adoption Loans

Grants and Low Interest Loans

Please Click here for a list of grant organizations our families have had success with in the past. Each organization has unique eligibility guidelines, application requirements, deadlines and documentation requirements. Be sure to research these requirements carefully to make sure you qualify and understand the timelines before applying. Once you apply, you may be asked to provide documentation about your adoption agency and expected expenses. CCAI is happy to provide this information on your behalf, we will just need a signed release form for each organization we share your information with. Please complete the required release and return it to us at the email address listed on the form.

Once you are awarded a grant, CCAI will provide: 1) ongoing communication with grant provider(s) regarding your adoption progress and paid and estimated expenses; 2) tracking and applying your grant funds to the specific adoption fees and travel related expenses; and 3) accounting reconciliation and coordinating with the fund(s) or foundation(s) to determine how best to disburse excess funds if necessary.

If we can be of further assistance please contact us.


Fundraising Ideas

There are many ways to raise money for an adoption in addition to applying for grants or low interest loans. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Both Hands is a fundraising project that helps families fundraise while completing a community project. A family gathers a team of volunteers and Both Hands coaches them to coordinate a service project fixing up a widow's home. The family and their team send letters to raise sponsorship for their day of service. The funds raised help an orphan be adopted into a forever family as well as the service project! The average amount raised is over $10,000 per project! http://www.bothhands.org/. Visit our blog to be inspired by a CCAI family who raised over $24,000 for their adoption through holding a Both Hands project: http://blog.ccaifamily.org/index.php/the-puls-family-story/
  • Organizations like Adopt Together and Life Song for Orphans help you set up an on-line fundraising account to help you raise money through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is the practice of raising money online for a cause by harnessing the power of social networks to drive awareness and donations from all over the world. For more information visit https://www.adopttogether.org/ or https://mystory.lifesongfororphans.org/how-it-works/
  • Sell T-Shirts or other Products to raise money for an adoption. This website is just one of many that offers fundraising opportunities through sharing the proceeds of sales of many different products. http://www.easy-fundraising-ideas.com/programs/adoption-fundraising/
  • Need more ideas? Visit this blog for more ideas: http://www.walkingbytheway.com/blog/the-ultimate-list-of-adoption-fundraisers/

If you would like to add to our list please contact us. We would love to hear your ideas! We strongly urge families to carefully research any fundraiser to make sure it is appropriate for their situation.

Employer Adoption Benefits

Employer Adoption Benefits

Many companies offer adoption benefits to their employees, which may range from financial assistance to parental leave. Some employers will help with costs by reimbursing adoption expenses with a cash benefit of up to several thousand dollars. Check your employer to see what adoption assistance may be available.

Utilizing the Adoption Tax Credit

Adoption Tax Credit

Eligible adoptive families can claim tax credit for their adoption expenses including necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, and other expenses directly related to the adoption. Currently, qualified families can claim up to $13,400 adoption expenses. The tax credit phases out for taxpayers with high adjusted gross incomes (above $197,880.00). Adoptive families who plan to claim the credit should file form 8839, titled Qualified Adoption Expenses, and attach it to Form 1040. For more information and to download required forms, visit: https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc607.html

Please click https://www.irs.gov/publications/p17/ch38.html to access more information.