Applicants must be Christian, agreeing to and living by Orphan Outreach’s statement of faith.
The adoption home study must be complete and approved.
Both personal and pastoral references must be included.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
Our application process is designed to help us assess the applicant’s heart for adoption, the spiritual wellness of the adoptive family, the family’s educational and parenting values, its biblical stewardship, and the overall environment in which the child will be place. Finances are secondary to these in our evaluation.
We have a special heart to provide grants to pastors and those in ministry leadership.
Applicants who have been officially matched and can demonstrate a funding status minimum of 70% raised will receive priority in the review process.
All grant awards will be distributed directly to the adoption agency of record. Should your Joseph’s DreamCoat grant exceed the amount owed to that agency, it will be adjusted accordingly. For example, if your awarded grant is $6000, and only $4000 is needed to complete the adoption, only $4000 will be distributed.
ADOPTION EXPENSES THAT DO NOT MEET OUR ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:
Post-adoption fees (medical, educational, etc.)
GRANTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR:
Independent adoptions through lawyers, facilitators, or humanitarian organizations licensed to place children.
Adoptions from non-Hague Convention countries.
Adoptions for which placement has already been finalized.
Please confirm that you meet all the following requirements before moving on to the application:
The maximum gross income per household applying should be no more than $120,000 for a family of 4. Accommodations may be made for applicants who live in areas of the country where the cost of living is substantially higher.
Applicants may not be seeking more than one adoption simultaneously, unless the adoption is a sibling adoption. For families adopting more than two siblings, we will consider assistance for no more than two adoptions.
The adoption agency must have a 501(c)3 non-profit status with the IRS. We can only grant money to this type of agency. Please check with your agency about their status before applying.
The adoption agency’s Application and Home Study fees must be paid. The applicant's Home Study must be complete and approved. The agency will be required to send verification of this after we have received the application. We do not accept verification from the applicant.
It is the applicant's responsibility to communicate with their adoption agency about the required documents needed to complete the JDC application. This will include verification of Home Study(as mentioned above) and an expense sheet showing all fees, designating what has been paid to date and what expenses remain outstanding.
The applicants will be required to submit a personal and pastor reference.
We recommend two years between grant applications to JDC per family.
We recommend that your current adoption be two years apart from a previous adoption(between“Gotcha Days”) for children who are not biologically related.
We understand that all grant funds will be distributed at the discretion of the Joseph's DreamCoat Advisory Board and Joseph's DreamCoat does not provide an explanation of approval or denials.