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Grants for Adopting Families | Sweet Hope

Grants for Adopting Families

Sweet Hope provides challenge grants to adopting families twice a year.  Adoption is expensive and new requirements can happen at any time during the process which may result in unplanned costs. Sweet Hope awards challenge grants to families in the final stages of their adoption (i.e. they have already been matched with a child) to help cover any unexpected expenses. The family is responsible for raising a certain amount, which Sweet Hope will match, up to a limit decided by the Board on a per case basis.

If you are just beginning the adoption process, please do not send this application.  You must be currently matched with a child and meet the requirements found below.

Assistance will be awarded to qualified applicants regardless of marital status, race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin.

Application Process:

Complete the following application in its entirety.  Attach the following:

  1. A current photo of your family. You may attach a photo of the child you are matched with if you feel comfortable.  A photo of the child is not a requirement however; a photo of your current family is.
  2. Adoption Budget Worksheet (worksheet must be completed in full)
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation
  4. A copy of your approved and current (written within one year of application date) home study.

We accept applications year round and review them at our monthly meetings (with the exception of May and December).  Applications will be considered based on need and availability of funds.  Assistance recipients will be notified by mail and funds will be awarded to the applicant’s agency on behalf of the family.  In extenuating circumstances funds may be awarded directly to families to assist with short notice unexpected expenses.

Type of Assistance:

Sweet Hope provides challenge grants.  Families that are awarded a challenge grant will have a set amount of time to raise matching funds that meet or exceed the grant amount.  Sweet Hope will process all gifts towards the grant and distribute and give tax credit of the funds as necessary.  The time frame and the challenge amount will be determined at the time of the award.


Applicants must reside in the United States.

Country Specific Requirements:

The only country specific requirements are for families adopting from a program with a two trip process.  If you are adopting from a country that requires a two trip process you must have completed the first trip and signed the country specific paperwork for intent to adopt.

Application (.pdf)

Budget Worksheet (.pdf)

Budget Worksheet (.xls)

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