The costs associated with adoption may seem overwhelming at first. But with the help of the federal adoption tax credit and a variety of other available funding sources, adopting may be more affordable than you think! Below are several funding resources to consider.
Federal Adoption Tax Credit
The adoption tax credit offsets qualified adoption expenses, making adoption possible for families who could not otherwise afford it. Taxpayers who adopt an eligible child may qualify for an adoption tax credit. In general, the credit is based on the reasonable and necessary expenses related to a legal adoption, including adoption fees, court costs, attorney’s fees and travel expenses. Income limits and other special rules apply.
Internal Revenue Service
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. your local time
Frequently Asked Questions compiled by the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group (January 2013)
- The Adoption Tax Credit has been made permanent.
Adoption Tax Credit Amounts (if Congress makes no changes):
- 2013: $12,970
- 2014: $13,190
- 2015: $13,400
- 2016: $13,460
- 2017: $13,570
- Unused credit may be carried forward up to five tax years.
For detailed advice regarding the credit, contact a tax advisor.
Links to additional resources:
2013 Policy Priorities and Adoption-Related Legislation (2013) – article in Adoption Advocate, a publication of the National Council for Adoption
Tax Benefits for Adoption: the Adoption Tax Credit (rev. 2011) – article in Adoption Advocate, a publication of the National Council for Adoption
Questions and Answers on Adoption Benefits
Adoption Credit, IRS Tax Topic 607 – information on qualifying expenses paid to adopt
State Tax Credits
Many states also offer adoption tax credits. Visit your state’s web site or contact your tax advisor to find out if a state tax credit may be available to you.
Check with your employer to see if your workplace has an adoption benefit. If they do not, the “Adoption-Friendly Workplace” program listed in the resources below offers information and tools to propose one to your employer. A listing of the best adoption-friendly workplaces is also available on their web site.
Additional Financial Options
A Child Waits Foundation
A non-profit, charitable foundation that provides low interest adoption loans and grants to give financial assistance to families adopting internationally.
AdoptTogether is a non-profit funding platform helping families raise money to pay for adoption costs, and is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for adoption. To learn more, click on the link below.
A Child Waits Foundation
Provides low interest loans for families who have exhausted other financial options and could not proceed with their adoption without this help.
A Child’s Desire
Offers grants to parents adopting hard to place children, special needs children, and children over the age of eight. Offers adoption grants to nonprofit agencies as well as an adoption fundraising program to adopting families.
Bills Tax Service-Adoption Tax Credit Specialist
Bills Tax Service is located in Centralia, IL. They are very passionate about helping as many adoptive families as possible with the Adoption Tax Credit. Click on the link below for more information.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (formely: Adoption Friendly Workplace)
Helps to find loving families for children waiting in foster care.
716 Mt. Airyshire Blvd., Ste. 100
Columbus, OH 43235
God’s Grace Adoption Ministry
Seeks to help Christian families overcome the financial burden of adopting children. Works in cooperation with the agency to assist the family with their financial needs; depending on the individual family needs; financial assistance is available in the form of grants and interest free loans.
P.O. Box 4
Modesto, CA 95353
A national non-profit 501(c)3 financial assistance grant program that provides qualified couples and individuals (regardless of race, religion, marital status or sexual preference) with grants up to $15,000.
Hebrew Free Loan
Provides interest free loans up to $10,000 for adopting families in Northern California.
131 Steuart Street, Ste. 520
San Francisco, CA 94105
His Kids Too!
His Kids Too! is a 501(c)3 charity that has a wonderful grant program designed so that your friends and family can assist you financially with adoption costs. Donors make tax deductible donations to His Kids Too!, and adoptive families apply for a grant from the funds generated by donors. This is beneficial so that you are in control of your fundraising efforts and donors will have complete confidence that donations will go directly towards adoption expenses.
Home for Good Foundation
Home for Good is involved in the ongoing work of planting adoption ministries in churches around the world. These ministries are created to support families who would like to adopt but are burdened by the cost. A non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
14175 W. Indian School Rd.
Ste. B-4 #147
Goodyear, AZ 85395
International Adoption Resources
Provides grants for international adoptions ranging from $500-$1500 as funds are available.
Download application for funding on website
Lifesong for Orphans
To help families bridge the financial barrier of adoption, Lifesong for Orphans offers adoption grants, interest-free loans & fundraising support. With the commitment of our 100% pledge, any donations made on behalf of adoption families will go straight towards adoption expenses (no administrative fee deducted).
P.O. Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Provides assistance to figure out tax credit & subsides but does not provide loans or grants.
The National Adoption Foundation has partnered with Prosper.com to provide adoptive families with adoption loans to receive the financing they need. Prosper is America’s first peer-to-peer lending marketplace that has over 1,480,000 members. They connect people looking to borrow money with people who have money to invest.
Saving Children, Building Families
The Saving Children, Building Families Foundation believes that every child deserves a home. Their goal is to direct the limited funds available to where it will do the most good based on the available information. They prefer to fund international adoptions.
Awards financial adoption grants to qualified families already in the process of adopting. The size of the grant awarded is determined by several factors, the most important being need.
PO Box 647
Franklin, TN 37065
The ABBA Fund
Provide interest free loans to parents who believe that God is calling them to grow their families through adoption.
P.O. Box 868049
Plano, TX 75086
America’s Christian Credit Union has been a leader in adoption financing since they started their Adoption Loan Program in 2009. Since then they’ve helped unite over 1,200 families including Adoption Associates families! ACCU is not just interested in joining families together, they want to strengthen them too.