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International Adoption Funding Tips

International adoption funding is one of the biggest issues facing parents considering building their families through international adoption. You long for a child, but how are you going to pay for that costly adoption?

The Good News

While that adoption may cost $18,000 overall, the good news is you won't have to come up with that whole amount all at once. Instead, you will be paying it piecemeal over a year and a half or more, depending on the country from which you plan to adopt. That means you can pay for your international adoption expenses as you go.

So an international adoption is still possible, even if you aren't wealthy or have a huge income. My husband is a carpenter, I'm a stay-at-home mom, and we managed to pay for an international adoption without going into debt. You can as well.

But you'll still need to plan your international adoption funding strategy. Here are some tips.

Gather Reinforcements

Once you commit to your international adoption, let friends and family know of your plans, and ask for volunteers to help you with your fundraising efforts. The more help you have, the easier it will be to achieve your international adoption funding goal.

Plan Your Funding Strategy

Your expenses will likely include a home study, agency fees, international fees, paperwork expenses and physical exams, but again, they won't come all at once.

On your calendar, mark the amounts that you will owe for each of these and the estimated day they will be due. Then plan your fundraisers accordingly. For example, if you plan on having your homestudy done a month from now, you could organize a yard sale two weeks before that date to help pay your homestudy expenses.

Possible Fundraisers

There are all kinds of fundraising out there to help you with your international adoption funding. Here are some ideas.

The Viral Dollar Pledge

I know someone who raised hundreds of dollars doing this. Start an adoption blog (you can start one for free by clicking here). Once you have your blog, open an account with Pay Pal and then add a donation button to your blog.

Then go viral. Send out an email to everyone you know letting them know you are pursuing an international adoption. If you have a picture of the child you plan on adopting, include that in your email. Ask everyone to pledge a dollar or more and then ask them to forward your email to everyone they know.

Many people are happy to help out an orphan in need, and a dollar isn't much to ask, but those dollars add up before you know it and can really help with your international adoption funding.

Kids' Fun Night

Round up some volunteers to help you and then offer to hold a kids fun night at your home or church where parents can drop off their children for a few hours of fun. Ask parents for a donation to go toward your international adoption funding when they drop off their children.

Serve hot dogs or pizza, soda pop and cookies. Organize fun games and watch a fun movie.

Fundraising Dinner

Plan a spaghetti dinner at your church to help provide funding. Have flyers printed up and post them around your neighborhood. You can cut down on costs by approaching the manager of nearby supermarkets and asking for a donation of the food expenses. At the dinner, you can talk about your child's country.

Other Helpful Sources

Ask many couples why they don't adopt, and they'll say finances are what are holding them back. But it doesn't have to be that way. My husband and I had a limited income, yet we were able to adopt three children, including one child from Guatemala without going into debt. You can too. Here's how.

Are you thinking about pursuing an international adoption? Developing a plan for how you'll pay for that adoption is the first step you should take. Here are some ways to get started.

There are many ways to fund an international adoption. Learn different ways by clicking here.

Uncle Sam also wants to help you with your adoption costs through a tax credit. Learn more.

If you're looking for more details about the tax credit, you can read more by clicking here.

Grants are a great way to help with adoption costs. Find agencies that offer grants by clicking here.

Want to learn about more places for grants? Here are some more great places to apply.

It is possible to find an international adoption you can afford. Here are some ideas to help save money.

Still wondering how you're going to pay those adoption expenses? Find more ways to raise funds by clicking here.

A garage sale is a great way to raise adoption funds. Learn how to finance your adoption by clicking here.

Intimidated by high adoption costs? Don't be. Paying for your adoption involves taking one step at a time. Find some more tips by clicking here.

So how much will your international adoption cost? The answer will depend on the country you choose and whether you choose to go through an agency or pursue an independent international adoption. Learn more here.

Fundraisers are a great way to pay for your adoption. Learn about some fun ones by clicking here.

The best kinds of fundraisers are fun, fairly simple to organize and - naturally - bring in the most funds for your international adoption. Learn more.

Making and selling gift baskets are one creative way to raise funds for your international adoption. You can read some tips on making an appealing basket by clicking here.

Thinking about taking out a loan to pay for your adoption? Read this article first by clicking here.

If you want to pursue a loan using your home as equity, there are important things to know upfront. Learn more here.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to pay for your international adoption is to learn to cut back on costs. Here are some easy ways.

Do you love doughnuts? You're not alone. Help pay for that adoption with a doughnut fundraiser. Learn more here.

When making plans for raising funds for your adoption, don't forget to include friends and family. Learn how to write a letter to solicit funds and help by clicking here.

More and more companies are now offering adoption benefits, so it's definitely worth your while to check and see if your company offers such benefits. Learn more.

Great Fundraisers!

Use a raffle to raise funds for your adoption. Learn more.

Sell t-shirts and pay for your adoption with a t-shirt fundraiser. Read more.

Read one person's story about raising funds for her adoption with a Garage sale fundraiser.

A benefit gala is a fun way to pay for your adoption. Read more.

How about a chicken dinner for raising funds. You can read all about it by clicking here.

One adoptive parent used a roller skating fundraiser to help with adoption costs. You can read her story by clicking here.

While you're doing one fundraiser, why not combine it with another one? Learn how.

Looking for a low-cost, simple way to raise funds? How about the pasta fundraiser? Read more.

A taste test party is another great way to raise funds. Learn more about it by clicking here.

Using the cash bash to raise funds for your adoption. Learn more.

A jigsaw puzzle fundraiser is a fun way to raise money for your adoption. You can read about it by clicking here.

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