Adoption Grant FAQs
- Are grant funds limited to any particular country?
In 2016 the Global Orphan Foundation board voted to limit Adoption Assistance Grant funds only to the areas where we focus our work - Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and Samoa.
- When will we find out if we've received a grant from GOF?
The grant deadline is August 21 and funding decisions are announced no later than October 1.
- Our family is scheduled to travel in April, but your website states the grant funds won't be dispersed until August - can you look at our application early?
Unfortunately, we cannot change the timing of the grant adjudications or fund dispersement. Not only would it be unfair to the other applicants, but the Board of Directors has a set meeting schedule for the year that cannot be modified. Please do not email or call to inquire about the status of your grant before October 1.
- The grant guidelines state that GOF will not fund completed adoptions. It's possible our child might be home before the scheduled grant adjudication - will this disqualify us from receiving a grant?
Currently, as long as your adoption is still in process at the time you submit your application, we will still consider you for a grant, even if your child is home at the time of adjudication. GOF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.
- Our state will not release our home study directly to us. How do we complete the application?
Please have your agency or home study provider mail us a copy of the home study directly. They can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: 617 E North St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. If your state will not allow release of the home study, please have your agency or home study provider mail a letter stating the the home study has been completed and was satisfactory.
- The grant deadlines are June 1 and December 1, does this mean that applications must be postmarked or received by this day?
In order to be considered in the current grant cycle, applications must be RECEIVED by August 21, 11:59 PM EST. Luckily, it is quick and easy to apply for an adoption assistance grant online.
- If we receive a grant, where and when will you send the funds?
Grant checks are made out directly to your agency and will automatically be sent out within five business days of funding decisions. A written notification of the results of your application and grant amount will be sent to you directly via mail. Your agency is instructed that the funds must be utilized within 12 months of dispersement and that the funds must be returned if you terminate your adoption for any reason.
- What is the average grant amount?
Currently, GOF distributes approximately $25,000 in individual grants each year. The grant process has become increasingly more competitive - there are between 60 and 100 applicants in each cycle. Grant amounts average out around $1,200 per family.
- Can we apply for more than one grant?
You may apply for up to two grants per adoption. A new application must be submitted each time, and you must disclose the first grant and amount on your second application.
- Our application was not funded, what now?
Families are encouraged to re-apply in the next grant cycle - a new application must be submitted. The grant cycles are increasingly competitive, but we've never seen a family who wasn't deserving!
- Why do you ask if we will give back to GOF once our adoption is complete?
Global Orphan Foundation is committed to orphan care and orphanage support - not only do we give thousands of dollars in adoption assistance grants each year, but we also support child advocacy and care organizations in Mexico, Nicaragua and Samoa, as well as run our keystone project - the Pebble Project - in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which focuses on treating and preventing malnutrition in orphaned children.
GOF is most interested in aiding families who will pay it forward in the future and help other adopting families and the millions of children who aren't fortunate enough to be adopted.