Tag Archives: Adoption Costs

IAG 026 – Adoption Grants with Becky Fawcett of HelpUsAdopt.org

Posted on 19. Sep, 2014 by .

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Most of us who are working to save money for our domestic infant adoption could use help with covering the cost. What if you could get FREE money for your adoption journey?

Our guest on the show today is Becky Fawcett, an adoptive mom, blogger, and the Founder/Executive Director of HelpUsAdopt.org, which is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) financial assistance grant program providing qualified couples and individuals with grants of up to $15,000 towards their domestic, international, foster, or special needs adoption expenses.


Adoption grants IAG 026 with Becky Fawcett

Becky shares her story and her passion for helping hopeful adoptive families through HelpUsAdopt.org. Listen to this interview as we talk about you have the chance to receive an adoption grant.

We know that most private or agency/attorney assisted infant adoptions in the U.S. are expensive. Most people struggle with figuring out how to pay for their adoption journey. While there are many ways to fund your adoption, grants are free money that you can use to pay adoption expenses.

HelpUsAdopt.org was founded in 2007 and is the only organization of its kind in the United States that embodies all of the following criteria:

  • awards large life-changing grants up to $15,000 that help families complete their adoptions
  • supports all types of families
  • supports all types of adoptions (domestic, international, foster care)
  • supports all types of religions without requiring a statement of faith
  • does not charge applicants to apply

Becky says that “In a nutshell, we help hardworking families overcome the financial obstacles of adoption so children can join loving and permanent homes to give them all that they deserve.” 

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IAG 024: How to simplify and shorten your path to adoption with Amanda Grant from USAdopt

Posted on 13. Aug, 2014 by .

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Want to save time, money and stress on your adoption journey?

Absolutely! We all would like that, right? Amanda Grant is our guest on the show today and she will tell us how to simplify and shorten the path to adoption. She is an adoptive mom and Founder/CEO of USAdopt.com.

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Most people (for very valid reasons) can’t wait to start the process so they contract with an agency or attorney, sometimes going with the first referral they get from a friend or family member.

Amanda says that “far too often people realize that they might be partnered with the wrong professional for their adoption journey, after already having become financially and emotionally invested in that relationship. Our unique process makes sure that this doesn’t happen to you.” 

People often report that the adoption process took 2-5 years to complete. Much of that time was spent figuring out what questions to ask and filtering through the overwhelming amount of information to figure out what is relevant and what is trustworthy. This is what USAdopt does for you. 

If you haven’t heard of USAdopt, they are an adoption consulting service, not an agency or facilitator. They specialize in domestic infant adoptions by helping you simplify and shorten the adoption process through personalized help every step of the way. [...]

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IAG 022: How to adopt faster and easier with Thea Ramirez – founder of Adoption-Share.com

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .

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In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we talk with Thea Ramirez – the Founder and President of Adoption-Share.com.

IAG 022 an interview with Thea Ramirez of Adoption Share

What would it mean to you if there was a way to connect directly with over 80 adoption agencies and attorneys nationwide that are constantly posting adoption situations just for you?

Where do I sign up, right? 

This is exactly what Adoption-Share.com does every day.

On today’s show, I chat with Thea Ramirez of Adoption-Share.com. She’ll talk about how you can adopt faster and easier by becoming a part of this growing online membership site.

If you are tired of waiting with no match and are losing hope – or even if you’ve just started the adoption process, you need to check out Adoption-Share.com. [...]

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Ask an Adoption Question #1: What is the best way to book flights for an upcoming newborn adoption placement?

Posted on 24. Apr, 2014 by .

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adoption questionExciting news! We are starting a new blog series called “Ask an Adoption Question”.

It is very simple. You ask a question about infant adoption – I answer it. This Q & A series will help lots of folks who have the same or similar questions.

What is your adoption question? There are two ways to ask:

1. Send me your question via email.

2. Send me your question by leaving a voicemail.

Alright – let’s get started! Here’s the very first Adoption Q & A and the question comes from Gary in Washington:

Hi Tim,

My wife and I live in Washington and are trying to book a round trip flight to Missouri where the expectant mother lives. She’s due on June 16, and we were planning on going from June 12 to July 1, but are confused as to the best approach to booking a flight.

For example, on Delta’s website, they offer refundable tickets but are charging a ridiculous amount for them. We also thought about non refundable tickets which are much cheaper, but are not sure if buying travel insurance makes any sort of sense or not (isn’t that only for completely canceling a trip, not re-booking?).

Then there’s the timing of the return flight. Although she’s due on the 16th, she could be late, causing us to stay later into July. I’m not sure if we should give padding and book a return flight for July 4. Worse case scenario, if we need to come back earlier, we’re not paying as much as we would if we have to re-book for a later flight close to the holiday.

Also, do some airlines offer discounts for adoption-related flights? Delta said they don’t.

As you see, I’m all over the map here and would appreciate some direction/advice.

Thanks,
Gary

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IAG 018: How anyone can afford to adopt – interview with Cherri Walrod of Resources4Adoption.com

Posted on 18. Apr, 2014 by .

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In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, you’ll learn about how anyone can afford to adopt as we chat with Cherri Walrod of Resources4Adoption.com.

Today’s show is all about how anyone can afford to adopt. You’ll learn about how to break down the financial barriers that may be keeping you from adopting.

Domestic infant adoption can be expensive and most of us hopeful adoptive parents struggle with how to afford all of the costs.

I’ve talked to lots of folks who get discouraged about the cost of adoption. Many of them lose hope and don’t believe they can do it because the costs seem out of reach.

Does this sound familiar to you?

If so – you will want to listen to this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide podcast. We are going to give you tips, resources and most importantly…hope with ways you can afford to adopt. [...]

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FAQ’s about the 2013 Adoption Tax Credit

Posted on 30. Jan, 2014 by .

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It’s coming up on tax time again here in the U.S. so it’s time to talk about the Adoption Tax Credit. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the credit for 2013. As always, please consult your tax adviser. I personally use a CPA to do my taxes because I’ve tried doing them on my own and have messed it up because it can get complicated. Here’s how you can find a good CPA.

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What is the adoption tax credit?

The adoption tax credit offsets qualified adoption expenses, making adoption possible for some families who could not otherwise afford it.

How much is the adoption tax credit for 2013?

The adoption tax credit for tax year 2013 is $12,970 per adopted child.

Is the adoption tax credit refundable or nonrefundable – and what does that mean?

The credit was made a permanent part of the tax law in 2012 as a nonrefundable tax credit. A refundable tax credit is one you get back regardless of what you owe or paid in taxes for the year. Since the adoption tax credit is nonrefundable, you receive only what you have in federal income tax liability. The credit can be “carried over” for up to 5 additional years until you get back the entire credit amount for that adoption. [...]

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How to fund your adoption through donation sites (and I’ll show you 4 of the best ones)

Posted on 21. Sep, 2013 by .

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Here is something you probably already know about domestic infant adoption: it is expensive.adoption fundraiser jar new

Obvious, right? OK, now here’s something you may not know:  there are lots of ways to fund your adoption – and there are many websites that can make this easy for you.

Money can be (and usually is) a huge roadblock for people like you and me who want to adopt. We get overwhelmed by the cost. I mean, most of us cannot write a big check to adoption professionals so we can start the adoption process.

Something I want you to understand is…you can afford to adopt. You can do this. Others have done it, and you…can…too.Laughing

Let’s talk about some great ways that you can set up fundraising for your adoption – especially through donations. I understand that fundraising isn’t the only way gather the money you need to adopt. It is one of the tools you can use to get where you need to be so money doesn’t keep you from adopting.

Here are 4 of the best online fundraising sites that will help you get donations for your adoption journey.

PureCharity.com

They partner with over 1,000 retailers including Target, Babies ‘R Us, Walmart, Diapers.com, Forever 21, Priceline, Lowe’s and MANY more who can help you fund your adoption. The Pure Charity Rewards Network lets your friends and family shop online at their favorite retailers and a portion of the purchase price is deposited into their Pure Charity account. That is money that can then be donated towards your fundraiser. It costs nothing extra!

Check out their Frequently Asked Questions page, watch their “get started” videos and you’ll be set to start.

GoFundMe.com

This is a super easy to use crowd-funding site that will help you get others to donate to your adoption journey. Here’s how it works: 1. Create your site (tell your story).  2. Share with friends – they give you special tools that make it easy.  3. Collect online donations in real-time.  4. Track visits and donations.  Check out their Frequently Asked Questions page and click here to watch the “how it works” video.

One thing different about them – while it’s free to launch your GoFundMe campaign, they have processing fees (about 8%) that are deducted from each payment. Here’s their thoughts on having fees “Other sites may claim to be “100% Free”, but they will charge your donors instead – not cool.” Check out their Success Stories page to see how others have successfully raised money. [...]

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IAG010: How to fund your adoption without debt – an interview with author and speaker Julie Gumm [Podcast]

Posted on 04. Sep, 2013 by .

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Click here to listen nowHow can you fund your adoption – especially without debt? Domestic adoption can be expensive – costing anywhere between $15,000 to $40,000. Julie Gumm is here to help.3DBookCoverThin

She is the author of the book Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption. She has been featured on the Dave Ramsey radio show and she regularly speaks about adoption. 

Julie is married to her high-school sweetheart and is the mother of 4 children from 2 continents. She and her husband Mark paid of $235,000 in debt, including the house, and have been living God-sized, debt-free dreams ever since. She blogs about adoptive family life, affording adoption and financial freedom at JulieGumm.com.

Listen to Julie tell her story of how she and her husband Mark paid off their debt and adopted two children without going into more debt. 

Julie shares in her book “the cost of adoption should never stand in the way of giving a child a family.” I agree 100%. You’ll hear talk about her 3 tier approach to funding your adoption:

1.How to find extra money in your household budget.

2.How to fundraise easily and effectively.

3.How to apply for adoption grants.

Highlights from this episode:

  • How to start funding your adoption
  • What to do if you aren’t the type of person that is comfortable fundraising  
  • Julie’s #1 tip to make your adoption more affordable
  • The biggest obstacle Julie and her husband faced when saving for their adoption  
  • Lots of creative ways to fund your adoption without debt  [...]

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IAG 007: Adoption advertising and networking: An interview with Hal Kaufman of MyAdoptionAdvisor.com [Podcast]

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by .

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In this episode of the Infant Adoption Guide Podcast, we talk with Hal Kaufman about domestic adoption advertising, networking and use of the internet in your adoption journey.

Hal is an adoptive dad (two domestic infant adoptions) and the founder of MyAdoptionAdvisor.com. Since 2008, he has worked with hundreds of adopting parents who are pursuing domestic infant adoption, helping them connect with expectant parents.

After years of infertility and tragic losses, Hal and his wife were matched with each of their children’s birth families in just 4 months from the time they were approved to adopt. Through MyAdoptionAdvisor.com Hal brings his unique experiences and specially designed training to help you better understand the domestic adoption process, anticipate bumps in the road, and adopt more quickly.

Hal will help create your adoption website and profile. He can even run an online advertising campaign to drive relevant traffic to your website. 

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18 Money Saving Tips For Domestic Adoption Travel

Posted on 04. May, 2013 by .

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HotelThe costs for domestic infant adoption in the U.S. can be overwhelming – especially if you have to travel to another state.

Once you are matched and know where you are traveling to, you can save money with some research and preparation.

My wife and I have adopted twice – both times from other states. We made some mistakes and learned from our travel experiences. Here are the 18 Tips that will save you money on domestic adoption travel:

Adoption baby bag tips.

  • Carry it on with you. Most airlines will allow you to carry on a diaper bag in addition to your normal carry on items – even if you don’t have the baby yet. This will allow you to save money on extra checked baggage.
  • Buy most of what you need when you get there. If your baby bag is full after you finish packing – ask yourself, ‘Do we really need to travel with all this stuff or can we pick up what we need when we get there.’ This may not save you money, but bringing less with you will save your arms from lugging it around the airport. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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