Female hand putting a penny into a piggy bankThe high price tag associated with adoption can be intimidating to many, but once a family has been called to adoption there is really no other option than to face the financial challenge head on.
Over the years families have gotten creative about raising money for adoption, and a few tried and true methods have risen to the top.
A great way to raise funds is by holding a garage sale.  You can advertise on websites like craigslist.org, notify your friends, family, and neighbors, and also put a notice in your church bulletin. If you include the reason why you’re holding the sale—to raise money for adoption—you’re likely to draw a large crowd. People want to support your adoption efforts, and a garage sale allows you to give something back in return for their financial support.
Ask your friends and family if they are interested in donating items to the sale as well.  The more items you have, the more money you will raise. This also gives those who aren’t able to contribute financially a chance to help.
An old-fashioned spaghetti feed with silent auction is a great way to generate cash. Your church will probably be more than happy to donate space for your efforts. You can sell tickets in advance as well as at the door—using a price range including adults, children under a certain age, and seniors is best—as well as raise money through auctioning off donated items. Good items for auction are babysitting, yard work, anything “crafty,” and, if you’re fortunate enough to get local businesses involved, free services (think meals, spa treatments, car washes, and the like).
By combining both vocational and career talents, couples can offer services outside of standard work hours to raise money. It’s worth freeing up some of your time to make this a priority—not only will it benefit you and your adoption efforts, it will benefit those to whom you provide your talents!
Think you don’t have talents people would pay for? Cooking, organizing, and babysitting are things a busy family may be interested in. Elderly folks are eager for transportation and running errands. Photography and event-planning may be hobbies you can turn into cash, as well as handyman and technology talents. Everyone has something!
This online fundraising resource is fast, convenient, and a proven method for raising funds. Pure Charity works directly with your adoption agency, making your life that much easier. Pure Charity boasts “Easy fundraiser setup and launch process, tools to share updates, pictures and videos, features to invite new supporters, fundraising widgets to share in blogs and other social platforms, and up to the minute fundraising status.” They also partner with over 1000 retailers—such as Target and Walmart, among others—to let your friends and family shop online at their favorite retailers with a portion of the purchase price going toward your fundraising account.
The cost of adoption is understandably a concern for many, but there are many creative ways of raising money for adoption that will make pursuing your dream that much easier.

Heather Featherston
Written by Heather Featherston

As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.

Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.

As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.

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