Gift of Adoption Fund: Families Should Apply Now.

Happy New Year! Help us achieve our New Year’s Resolution

Our New Year’s Resolution is to reach a record number of children and families with the Gift of Adoption. As much as we try to get the word out about our grant program, we often hear from families who struggled financially to complete an adoption but did not hear about our grants until after their adoption was finalized and it was too late to apply for a Gift of Adoption grant.

Please tell your clients about Gift of Adoption. Any U.S. citizen with an approved home study and a financial need is encouraged to apply.

We also invite you to include information about Gift of Adoption on your website, on your social media, on blogs, and in info packets given to clients. We can provide verbiage for your website and brochures or 1-pagers to include in info packets. Just reply to this email and let us know what we can provide.

Gift of Adoption – the Universal Granter

Did you know that Gift of Adoption relies solely on the home study to determine a family’s financial, physical, and emotional fitness to parent the child(ren) they are adopting?

Gift of Adoption does not consider ANY of the following when reviewing grant applications:

  • Number of children in the home
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Age
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Fertility
  • Nationality
  • Child’s country of origin

Gift of Adoption is the oldest and largest provider of adoption assistance grants awarded without consideration of an applicant’s religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, race, or nationality.

We want to help your clients complete their adoption journeys. Please encourage them to apply. The application process begins here:

Request the Gift of Adoption Grant Application


State Department Continues Its Cruel War On Adoption Agencies

SaveAdoptions_BRIDGE__3_Jayme Metzgar, a Senior Contributor with The Federalist, has written another stirring article about the State Department and its war on Adoption Agencies. The article was printed today and you can read it here. Please be sure to not only read this article, but share it with your contact list and forward it to your Congressman.

Thank you!

An update from Save Adoptions

Save Adoptions has been relatively quiet the last few months, but that doesn’t mean we have not been working. We are very proud of the Op-Ed in USA Today written by Chuck Johnson, the President of NCFA and an original Board Member of Save Adoptions.  Two former State Department officials, who figured significantly in the policies leading us to where we are today, wrote a response to Chuck’s Op-Ed with several false or misleading statements. Avoiding any responsibility themselves, they inaccurately stated that Nepal and Cambodia made their own decision to close inter-country adoptions and, together with Guatemala and Ethiopia, closed because of concerns about trafficking, re-homing and other bad practices.

In December 2017, Save Adoptions filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of State citing the designation of IAAME as an accrediting entity, even though they did not meet the requirements of the Intercountry Adoption Act, nor the implementing regulations. I can confirm to you that the investigation into that complaint is active and ongoing! We know that government never moves very quickly, but our persistence will make sure it does move.

There have also been two law suits filed against the Department of State and another, broader law suit, is being planned. Many of you have been involved in contacting your legislators to urge change in the Office of Children’s Issues to bring hope back to children. If you hear allegations against the adoption service providers, please urge them to seek specific facts to support any allegations. THANK YOU and please continue the fight. 

State Department Actions Denies More American Families’ Right To Adopt

No matter where a family chooses to adopt, as an American, where you choose to adopt should not be denied by our government. 



Why does the State Department make it hard to adopt children from other countries?

Adoption from other countries is down 80 percent since its peak. Why do we make this hard? America is pro-adoption; the State Department should be, too.

(Photo: Alexandre Meneghini/AP)

The State Department’s current anti-adoption polices are preventing Americans from becoming parents by opening their hearts and homes to orphans from around the world. These children are in desperate need of loving families, and tens of thousands of Americans are ready to adopt them. Yet intercountry adoption has fallen by nearly 80 percent since its peak in 2004.

This is not what was supposed to happen.

In April 2008, the United States joined the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, and the U.S. Department of State was given the mandate to improve the ability for the U.S. federal government to assist with intercountry adoptions. Unfortunately, the State Department’s mismanagement of its obligations under the convention has yielded disastrous results:  Children are far less safe, American parents are poorly served, and the Department of State has fractured relations with nearly every adoption stakeholder.

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International Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama: Full Day Seminar on September 22nd

IAC Seminar - 9.22From the International Adoption Clinic at Children’s of Alabama: 


Hope this email finds you well. We thank you so much for your support of the International Adoption Clinic and our role to come alongside the families that you work with for added support, encouragement, and education during and after their adoption process.

We wanted to send you information regarding the next International Adoption Clinic’s educational seminar for parents and professionals: Adoption Boot Camp. We will be hosting a seminar option for both international and domestic adoptive families, geared towards the medical, developmental, and emotional awareness of the children families are bringing home.   

The date of the seminar will be September 22nd from 8:30am to 5:00pm and be held at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

This will be a very informative seminar for any family in the international adoption process or newly home from an adoption. The goal of our seminar is to provide families a foundation to understand medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral issues that they will face and how to best prepare and respond to their children.

Please forward this flyer to any family going through the international or domestic adoption process OR families already home with their child who you feel would take great benefit from these topics.

The seminar is also opened to professionals within the field of adoption who would like further education on these topics. CEUs will also be available for social workers. If you are a professional seeking to attend, let us know as this will be a different fee schedule.

Please let me know any questions you might have!

Thank you,
IAC Team”

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International Adoption MUST Be Rescued.


By Jennifer Shaw


International adoption has been declining at an alarming rate. Nearly 23,000 international children were adopted by U.S. families in 2004, but in 2016 less than 4,000 children were adopted, a drop of 80 percent. If this trend continues, international adoption will cease to exist by 2022. The United Nations estimates that 15 million children have lost both parents. Thousands upon thousands of children are waiting in institutions for families they can call their own. Here are five reasons I think international adoption needs rescuing:

Adoption saves lives

This may seem to go without saying, but I find that many people who have not looked into international adoption do not understand that for many vulnerable children, adoption to another country is their only chance to have a family. And in many cases, where medical care is poor or unavailable, it is their only chance to live. Our son, Noah, had been waiting with his paperwork completed for over five years. With his critical heart condition, no one had stepped forward, and even if a family in his birth country had been open to adopting him, the medical care he needed was not available there. He would have died without international adoption. Since joining our family at age 9, he has had life-saving surgery, a complete change in his quality of life physically, and the security and love of a permanent family. While I personally believe that children should stay with their birth families or be adopted within their birth culture if possible, the fact remains that there are a significant number of children for whom this is just not feasible. These children need international adoption, and we need to put the welfare of vulnerable children at the top of our priority list as a nation.

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Regulatory Orphans – WORLD

Adoption advocates worry new rules on international adoption will leave more children languishing in orphanages

by Jamie Dean

Regulatory orphans

Orphans at the Zhytomyr Orphanage in Ukraine (Oleksandr Rupeta/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

When Michelet Joseph arrived in the United States in the summer of 2015, the small Haitian boy couldn’t pull up or stand up on his own.

Michelet was nearly 7 years old.

Born with hydrocephalus, Michelet was 11 months old when his mother died. His father had abandoned the family. Michelet spent the next year in a mountain village north of Port-au-Prince, lying on the floor while his grandfather farmed.

When Michelet’s grandfather could no longer care for him, the toddler went to live in a nearby orphanage run by American missionaries. At 2 years old, Michelet was malnourished, couldn’t hold up his head, and was covered in sores.

In the fall of 2011, a visiting neurosurgeon from the United States performed surgery to relieve Michelet’s hydrocephalus, but his tiny body had atrophied, and he was unable to use his legs. Haitian hospitals didn’t have the resources for the rehabilitation and additional surgeries he’d need in the future.

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Road to foreign adoption leads to happiness

A big thank you to the Homan family for such a great story of advocacy in addition. #saveadoptions.



By Sydney Albert

FORT RECOVERY – The adoption process is a long and challenging road that can sometimes end in heartbreak.

A local mother who has adopted internationally five times, however, says welcoming a child in need into the family is well worth the effort.

Alison Homan and her husband, Ted, had always wanted a big family. They had said they wanted four children, and during the first two and a half years of marriage, Alison Homan delivered three babies. However, one child didn’t live long after birth, and the back-to-back pregnancies were taking their toll on Homan, who didn’t feel she could handle another one.

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Bucking Trump Deregulation Agenda, State Department Chokes International Adoption

Adoption advocates say the State Department is making international adoption rarer and more expensive than ever to consolidate government control over private agencies.


By Jayme Metzgar


In September 2016, just as the presidential race was entering its final weeks, the State Department quietly proposed new regulations governing international adoption. Adoption advocates sounded the alarm, saying the regulations would severely hamper Americans’ ability to adopt overseas. I wrote about this for The Federalist just days before the November election.

Then, to almost everyone’s surprise, Donald Trump was elected president. On the day of his inauguration, Trump began a regulatory reform effort, announcing a moratorium on all new regulations from executive agencies. Ten days later, he issued an executive order requiring agencies to repeal two regulations for every new one they proposed.

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Prepare for your MIND TO BE BLOWN….. But First Consider Signing This WHITE HOUSE Petition!

Dear Friends, family and, colleagues,

Next week will be exciting and should be a monumental in causing change in the State Department of Intercountry Adoption.  A mind blowing article should come out Monday morning in the Federalist and Tuesday morning Nathan Gwilliam, CEO of and Save Adoptions’ President, Ron Stoddart, Esq., will be on the Glenn Beck Program. Put these on your calendars to catch them both.  You don’t want to miss these!! 

However, since the most effective route to change is through the White House, we have also created an online Petition to the White House at:

Please click on the link, read the petition and, if you agree, sign it today.  The White House guarantees they will respond if we have 100,000 signatures within 30 days – but we want to reach 100,000 by the end of the day on Wednesday.  We can do this with your help.

PLEASE, go to the Petition and sign now.  Then, please send this on to your friends and family and post it on social media.  We can’t leave any stone unturned.  On behalf of the thousands of orphaned children who will find permanent families because of your help – THANK YOU! (After signing this WH petition, Hit reply and let me know you have remained a friend to 15 million orphans that I’m working every day and night to serve – Just ask my own family and the Hopscotch families we work with every single day)

*IMPORTANT: Check your clutter/spam/junk mail to ‘verify’ your email after signing the petition or your signature will not be counted.

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