Promise686 offers two types of adoption grants, Adoption Matching Grants and Legal Grants. We believe that by decreasing the financial burden of adoption, more families are able to adopt and more children are placed in loving families.
Adoption Matching Grants are awarded $500 – $4000 for a one child adoption and $500 – $6000 for the adoption of more than one child. Families fundraise for their adoption within their sphere of influence, typically using letters, emails, or face-to-face meetings. Promise686 matches their funds raised dollar-for-dollar up to the grant amount. Monies raised over the grant amount also go toward the family’s adoption expenses. Families access these funds to pay legitimate adoption expenses. Per IRS guidelines, Promise686 must maintain complete discretion and control over use of all donated funds, but strives to honor the donor’s preferences in all cases.
We believe that the matching grant program also encourages community-building since the adopting family reaches out to their friends and family to raise support beyond necessary finances. In addition to raising needed funds, we believe this approach builds an “adoption team” for the family. This team may support the family through financial donations toward adoption expenses but also provide strength in prayer, encouragement, and post-adoption support.
Legal Grants are offered to offset the legal costs of adoption such as in the case of the domestication of a foreign adoption. These are legal costs that are separate from the fees paid to an adoption agency or the agency’s attorney. Promise686 maintains a preferred relationship with Christina Bennett, LLC and sends all grant recipients to this firm (ChristinaBennettLaw.com).
Grant Application Process:
Promise686 maintains the following prerequisites for grant applicants:
• Applicants must live in the state of Georgia.
• The family’s adoption home study must be complete with a favorable recommendation from a licensed 501(c)(3) adoption agency.
• Applicants (both husband and wife) must be members in good standing within a Christian church.
• Applicants must be utilizing a non-profit adoption agency.
To request a Grant Application, fill out this short pre-approval application.
• Applications are due on the first of every other month – January, March, May, July, September, and November.
Promise686’s Grant Committee reviews the applications for each grant cycle and invites families under consideration to be interviewed in person or via Skype. Face to face interviews typically takes place in the Johns Creek, GA area. Grant decisions are communicated within six weeks of the application deadline.
Many families who receive Adoption Matching Grants may later apply for a Legal Grant. In this case, families complete a short application designed for this situation. If funds are available in a grant cycle and the adoption attorney confirms that there is no conflict of interest, families who have been approved for an Adoption Matching Grant are approved for a Legal Grant.
To contact Promise686 with a grant-related question, email [email protected].
NOTE – Expenses for reimbursement include:
(Parents and adopted children only)
(Contact us for how best to submit this expense)
Additional Resources: If you find that you do not meet the criteria for a Promise686 matching grant, please consider these recommended organizations that provide assistance to prospective adoptive families.