Since November is National Adoption Month I’m writing a daily series on “30 Things I Know About Adoption.”
Yesterday I talked about how adoption doesn’t have to be expensive.
But not everyone wants, or feels calls to adopt from foster care. And that’s okay. Some feel a pull toward international adoption, or even a specific country. Some want to adopt a newborn infant from a birth mom who feels unable to raise her child.
If that’s you, then the reality is that you will likely be paying $20,000-$50,000 for your adoption. That figure can feel like a gut punch. It’s enough to convince thousands that it’s not possible.
But it is possible.
It’s the whole reason I wrote “Adopt Without Debt: Creative Ways to Cover the Cost of Adoption.” To make ordinary families understand that it IS possible to fund their adoption dreams. (See the end of the post for a great deal on the book.)
It’s not easy. It takes hard work and sacrifice. But it is possible.
We did it. We paid for a $28,000 adoption (completed within 12 months) with a household income of $37,000.
And we’re not alone. I’ve heard from dozens of families who have pinched pennies, received grants and fundraised like you would not believe. And when they return home with that child, or children, in their arms, every adoption bill is paid. No debt looming over their head.
If adoption is something you REALLY want, something you’re ready for, don’t let finances stand in the way.
There are numerous grants and literally hundreds of ways to raise the money. Some of them are “painful” (selling a car), some of them involve sacrifice (the Thatchers are doing a “no spend November“) and most all of them are work. But the truth is that it only contributes to the growth process that every family goes through during the adoption process.
Because I want to help, I’m offering the electronic version of Adopt Without Debt for $2.99 until midnight tomorrow. That’s a $5 savings. If you know someone who’s thinking about adopting, please pass it on.