Lifesong for Orphans – A Christian 501(c)3 non-profit that has loads of resources from interest free loans to fundraising opportunites (Both Hands) to resources sections. They also have a program where individuals can set up an account to receive tax-deductible donations.
Resources 4 Adoption – A great first stop when looking into adoption, grant resources, education and so much more!
The Connected Child: Bring hope and healing to your adoptive family by Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross and Wendy Lyons Sunshine – If you only read one book on adoption, read this one. Filled with insight on ways to connect, guide, discipline, and lovingly nurture your adoptive child.
Adopt Without Debt by Julie Gumm – Filled with ideas and resources on how you DON”T need to go into debt to adopt.
Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches by Russell D. Moore and C.J. Mahaney
What Pattern is on Annie: A Textile Tale of Diversity by Joan Yates Benson – This is NOT just for adoptive families. “What Pattern is on Annie?” is a fictional tale about cultural diversity. Using textile patterns as an analogy for cultural and ethnic differences, we follow Annie Armadillo, with help from Sherlock Snake, to find where she belongs. Sherlock leads Annie through many lands and talking animals until she unlocks the puzzle to her problem. As Annie studies the patterns of the various characters and places she discovers just who and where her family is! Although this book was created for children it makes a great reference book for teachers and students of textile fabric designs. And I might be biased, but I think the author is smashing…she’s my Aunt!
Thriving as an Adoptive Family by David & Renee Sanford
Empowered to Connect – This is a 2-day conference put on by The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU and Show Hope. It is designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders, and professionals better understand how to connect with “children from hard places” in order to help them heal and be all that God designed them to be. I HIGHLY recommend it!
Fundraising & Money Saving Ideas
- A Piece of the Puzzle: We had a 2,000 piece puzzle created from artwork that my husband’s cousin made for us. We sold each piece for $10. This raised $20,000 and allowed anyone to give.
- Adopt an Envelope: This is a graphic with envelopes that are numbered 1-200. Individuals can choose a number and that is the amount they donate. For example, if someone chooses #45, they would donated $45. If all envelopes are “adopted,” it equals $20,100.
- Noonday Trunkshow: Noonday gives 10% of a show to adoptions. We had a few friends hold parties for us and then donate the 10% to our fundraiser. While the return is smaller than other options, this is great because it allows you to branch out your fundraising to people outside of your network – essentially your friends’ networks are contributing.
- Sell things: There is so much stuff lying around that can be sold, do it!
- Cut Costs: Most people think they are living slim and trim, but have they gotten rid of cable, quit eating out, etc.? We were able to find a couple hundred dollars a month by looking at our budget and cutting out non-essentials.