Connected Hearts Ministry
The Place to Start for All of Your Special Needs Adoption Funding!
(We help with special needs, older child, and sibling group adoptions)
Step 2: Free Consultation With Adoption Funding Specialist
Step 3: Celebrate
Complete your adoption and welcome your new child into your home.
If you have any questions about the application process, or are having trouble applying, please contact us at the e-mail address below:
How We Help You Raise Funds
1.) Free Consultation with an adoption funding specialist.
If approved, you will have a phone consultation with an adoption funding specialist who will assess your needs. Based on this conversation, the adoption funding specialist will create a personalized adoption funding plan for you. This will include setting up a crowdfunding page for your family (See #2), and recommending grants and fundraisers that will benefit your family. When available, matching grants will also be awarded.
2.) We offer every family their own custom peer to peer fundraiser.
This multi-tiered approach, not only allows supporters to donate to your adoption, but also allows them to create their own fundraising page for your adoption and spread the campaign to their social network.
By tapping into these secondary communities, your family can increase awareness of your story, recruit new donors, and raise more money for your adoption!
On your peer to peer fundraising page you can share your adoption story, a family photo, your fundraising goals and more.
(Please note that the platform that we use charges a 5% credit card processing fee per donation. However, donors are given the option to cover the transaction fees associated with their donation. Given the option, the majority of donors choose to cover the cost associated with these fees.)
3.) We will spread the word about your adoption through social media.
Connected Hearts Ministry will share your adoption story on our social media platforms and make the ask for you. All you need to do is share the postings with your social network and watch as the funds come in.
4.) We offer Matching GrantS to encourage donations to your account
Matching grants are a great way to encourage people to donate towards your adoption. Connected Hearts will match any donation dollar-for-dollar up to the specified grant amount. We offer matching grants that range from $250 to $1,000.
Matching grants are limited and not always available.
Frequently asked questions
Can you send me an Adoption Funding Application?
The Adoption Funding Application is only available online.
What are the qualifications for the Adoption Funding Program?
We consider both domestic and international private adoptions. Families can apply as soon as they have an approved application with a Hague accredited adoption agency.
Do families adopting a child through DSS qualify for adoption funding?
When will we be notified that we have been accepted?
You will be notified of acceptance within 30 days of submitting your application. However, we will normally process your application within 1-2 weeks upon receiving your completed application.
Do we have to be matched with a child?
You do not have to be matched with a child to receive adoption funding. While Connected Hearts has focused on helping children who are often overlooked for adoption (children with special needs, older children and children in sibling groups), we will temporarily be opening our fundraising program to adoptions beyond these 3 groups. We will be allowing all families who are in the adoption process to apply to be part of our program. Families will still go through the application process, but it is our hope that we can help alleviate some of the burden to adopting families during this time.
Can we submit an application for adoption funding before we have an agency?
No, before applying you must be working with a licensed, child-placing agency and you must have a completed (or updated) home study and be matched with a child.
How is the money distributed?
We will send a check directly to your agency. Please note that we do not send checks directly to families.
What happens if my adoption falls through?
If your adoption does not take place, any funds raised on our site will be distributed to other families on our family listings page.